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33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

It’s one thing wanting to eat healthily and browsing the internet for perfectly balanced and tasty recipes to prepare, and a whole other thing to turn your good intentions into reality. In between packing your kids’ lunches and getting yourself ready for work, where are you supposed to find the time to slave over the stove and put together that breakfast you found on Pinterest?

To set yourself and your family up for the day, you need to be able to provide sources of protein, health fats, vitamins, and nutrients. And you need to do it quick. So here are 33 recipes – enough to last you a month – that will enable you to do just that. Enjoy!

1. Egg White Veggie Muffins – Ultimate Paleo Guide

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    You can’t get much quicker than grabbing a muffin or two as you walk out the door. These egg muffins can be cooked in large batches and stored in the fridge for when you need them. Packed with protein and vegetables, this paleo recipe gives your body the nutrients it needs, rather than the stacks of carbs and sugar found in breakfast cereals.

    2. Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola – Garnish with Lemon

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      These apple sandwiches are really quick together and they’re super healthy because of the vitamins, nutrients, and healthy fats they contain. These are particularly great for fussy kids.

      3. Banana Bites – Cave Girl In The City

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        These banana bites make great morning snacks. Make up a big batch ahead of breakfast time and then simply pop a few in your mouth when you’re in a rush. Vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Win!

        4. Eggplant & Eggs – Paleoso

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          This dish is a nice twist on plain eggs. One cup of eggplant contains only 33 calories. Eggplant is also full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants too! This dish only takes a few minutes to put together too.

          5. Green And White Omelette – It’s Time To Burn!

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            Why not make your regular egg-based breakfasts much healthier by loading up on green veggies? This is a great way to pack in the nutrients right at the start of the day and, who knows, maybe you’ll even be able to convince your kids to give it a go!

            6. Baked Tomato and Egg Cups – A Beautiful Bite

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              These baked tomato and egg cups are not only tasty, but cute too. The perfect addition to your healthy morning breakfast (or brunch)!

              7. Broiled Grapefruit – Joy The Baker

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                Starting your day with fruit is a great way to get yourself feeling alert and awake. Grapefruits are a great source of vitamin C, which helps to support your immune system. This would be a good breakfast to have if you’re feeling a bit under the weather or full of cold.

                8. Morning Zing Smoothie – Ultimate Paleo Guide

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                  This recipe is perfect for you if you’re not an early bird and you need something zingy to wake you up in the morning. Simply throw the ingredients into a blender and glug it down. You’ll soon be ready for the day ahead.

                  9. 3 Ingredient Simple Protein Pancake – PaleOMG

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                    Protein is great, not only because it helps you to grow and heal, but because it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. These protein-filled pancakes are really simple to make because they only contain three ingredients.

                    10. Holiday Lara Bar – Civilized Caveman Cooking

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                      These bars contain nuts and spices, both of which come with multiple health benefits. Nuts are great sources of health fat and you can prepare these bars ahead of time and just grab one from the fridge in the morning.

                      11. Polenta – The Kitchn

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                        Polenta tastes nutty and creamy and it’s a pleasant alternative to oatmeal. Using a microwave, it takes just five minutes to prepare.

                        12. Paleo Breakfast Burrito – Spoonful of Sugar Free

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                          What better way to eat your vegetables than to wrap them in meat? These burritos are quick to put together but, if you’re really short on time in the mornings, you could prepare a batch the night before, and just grab them out of the fridge as you head out the door.

                          13. Spicy Salsa Stuffed Avocado – Wheat Belly Blog

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                            Avocados are great sources of healthy fat and, combined with a salsa made of tomato, onion, and fresh cilantro, they make a tasty breakfast snack. This breakfast is quick to make and easy to transport.

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                            14. Breakfast Bombs – Healthy Blender Recipes

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                              These breakfast bombs look so good you almost won’t want to eat them! They’re full of healthy goodness too because of all the nuts, seeds, and berries they contain.

                              15. Strawberry Fruit Salad – Rawmazing

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                                Salads are quick and healthy meals to put together and you can either whip one together in the morning or make up a huge one at the weekend and dip into it throughout the week. This salad is particularly tasty because it contains strawberries.

                                16. Almond Chia Pudding – Healthy Blender Recipes

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                                  This breakfast pudding contains lots of natural ingredients, including almond milk, maple syrup, and chia seeds. Chia seeds are loaded with nutrients and they’re low-calorie too.

                                  17.  Paleo Apple Muffins – Paleo Breakfast

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                                    Muffins make a great on-the-go breakfast option. These moist and tasty apple muffins are no exception. These quick and easy muffins can be made over the weekend and eaten all week long! The coconut flour gives them a fluffy consistency while the eggs pack enough protein to keep you full and satisfied. The apple and honey add just enough sweetness that you think you are cheating!

                                    18. Poached Eggs w/Tomato, Avocado & Basil – Milk Free Mom

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                                      Avocados are full of health fats and, contrary to popular opinion, fat is essential for good health. Without fat in your diet, your body won’t be able to absorb all the nutrients you consume, so chowing down on fruit and vegetables won’t do you much good unless you get some fat in there too. This simple recipe makes it easy to do just that.

                                      19. Berries and Cream – Against All Grain

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                                        The is one of the simplest and healthiest breakfasts around. Berries contain vitamin K, vitamin C, fiber, manganese and other antioxidants. Coconut cream contains fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, and lots of essential minerals.

                                        20. Kale Cubes – Lexie’s Kitchen & Living

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                                          Everyone knows that kale is a superfood. It’s the plant that provides the most nutrition per calorie and it’s packed with powerful phytochemicals, calcium, iron, and vitamins A, C, and K. And now it’s even easier to eat lots of it! Simply prepare these cubes the night before you need them and then pop a few out in the morning.

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                                          21. Herb Power Smoothie – Ultimate Paleo Guide

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                                            This is a delightful concoction is full of healthy greens and mango. The cilantro helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and the kale and spinach provide loads of healthy nutrients to help you get your day off to a good start. So tasty. So paleo. So much yum.

                                            22. Baked Peanut Butter + Chocolate Banana Boats – Everyday Maven

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                                              Nut butters are full of healthy fats and bananas contain potassium, so, if you can spare the fifteen minutes this recipe requires, you’ll have a delicious, healthy, and warm breakfast.

                                              23. Sautéed Banana Oatmeal – A Nutritionist Eats

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                                                This recipe makes a delicious twist on plain old oatmeal and the banana asks a nice load of vitamins and nutrients to the meal too. No Monday morning can be a bad Monday morning if you’ve got a bowl of this in front of you.

                                                24. Gourmet Trail Mix – Chow

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                                                  Trail mixes are really easy to put together and nuts are great sources of healthy fats. Be careful, however, not to overdo it, as nuts are very high in calories.

                                                  25. Deviled Eggs – Lauren Conrad

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                                                    Eggs make great breakfast snacks because they’re quick to make and full of protein. But don’t stick to plain old boiled eggs. Switch it up and cook them different ways to add variety into your diet.

                                                    26. Homemade Granola – Busy But Healthy

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                                                      Granola is a great and quick breakfast, though you’ll have to make this up ahead of time. Make up a huge batch and you’ll always have plenty on hand, so the mornings won’t have to be such a rush.

                                                      27. Pineapple Ginger Tea – Paleoso

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                                                        If you’re not one for big breakfasts, this tea will do the trick. Ginger comes with a ton of health benefits, and it’s known to help relieve nausea, so it’s good for troubled stomachs. If you still need a fix – grab some more paleo breakfast recipes here.

                                                        28. Creamed Kale and Eggs – Deliciously Organic

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                                                          This quick breakfast contains healthy fat in the form of ghee or grass-fed butter and veggies in the form of leeks and kale. It’s a filling breakfast and, because it contains protein, it’ll keep you feeling full all morning.

                                                          29. Broiled Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Spears – Nom Nom Paleo

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                                                            These spears are lovely and warm, so they’re great for cold winter starts. When eaten regularly, asparagus is believed to have cancer-fighting properties, so this would be a good breakfast to turn into a routine meal.

                                                            30. Watermelon & Radish Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette – Mind Body Green

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                                                              Salads are quick to put together and this one is packed with nutrients and natural diuretics. It’s low-calorie and tastes delicious.

                                                              31. Bacon & Guacamole Sammies – Nom Nom Paleo

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                                                                These sammies are a real treat. Avocado is full of healthy fats and bacon brings the protein in this morning snack. The crunchiness of the bacon and the creaminess of the avocado make this breakfast a winner.

                                                                32. Crunchy Kale Chips – Paleoso

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                                                                  For a really quick breakfast that’s packed full of nutrients, make up a batch of kale chips and then grab a handful as you get ready in the morning. A quick & easy paleo snack.

                                                                  33.  Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding with Blackberry and Mango – Paleo Breakfast

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                                                                    This simple breakfast is filling, healthy and delicious. You can try adding different toppings, like bananas, cinnamon, strawberries, or nuts. Alternatively, you can try topping your pudding with avocado or pistachios for a savory taste.  What’s easier than reaching in the refrigerator in the morning and dishing out some breakfast pudding? This will be a recipe you come back to often.

                                                                    Featured photo credit: Egg White Veggie Muffins – Ultimate Paleo Guide via ultimatepaleoguide.com

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                                                                    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                                                    Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

                                                                    There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

                                                                    More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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                                                                    Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

                                                                    You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

                                                                    During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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                                                                    Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

                                                                    Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

                                                                    The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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                                                                    This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

                                                                    Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

                                                                    The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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                                                                    This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

                                                                    This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

                                                                    Conclusion

                                                                    While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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