Start the morning off with these foods to help kick your day into high gear.

As much as we all aspire to have a smooth, productive morning, for many of us, the likelihood of this actually happening is rather slim. There are so many obstacles to beginning the day successfully.

First, there’s waking up — groan. We’d like to believe that we’ll rise refreshed and full of vigor, but, unfortunately, that “good night’s sleep” was probably not nearly good enough. Next, getting ready causes another hiccup: No matter how well we plan our outfits or fine-tune our routines, something gets in the way. Then, there’s breakfast; dreaded, time-consuming breakfast.