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30 Breakfast Ideas To Keep You Energized All Morning

30 Breakfast Ideas To Keep You Energized All Morning

Start your day off right with a breakfast that not only fills you up, but gives you the energy to get through the morning.

Southwest Egg Scramble

    1. Southwest Egg Scramble

    Eggs are packed with protein, making them an egg-cellent breakfast option to keep you full ‘til lunch. Try adding a little salsa, avocado, and hot sauce for a southwest take on scrambled eggs.

    Breakfast Fruit Wrap

      2. Peanut Butter & Fruit Breakfast Wrap

      Breakfast wraps are quick and easy, making them perfect for days when you’re running behind. Slather peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla or flax wrap and then pile on the fruit — strawberries, raspberries, bananas, apples, and blueberries are all great choices. You could also sub the peanut butter for greek yogurt for variety and extra protein.

      Citrus Green Smoothie

        3. Citrus Green Smoothie

        Drink your breakfast with this energy-bursting citrus green smoothie. Made with leafy green spinach, an energy-producing vegetable, grapefruit and oranges, you’ll get plenty of morning zest and calcium.

        Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

          4. Maple Pecan Quinoa Bowl

          If you like oatmeal, you’re gonna love this spin on a breakfast classic. The Maple Pecan Quinoa Bowl is full of complex carbohydrates, which digest slowly to keep you full longer. It’s also a great breakfast for those chilly autumn mornings, warming you up and preparing you for the day.

          Waffles & Fruit

            5. Peanut Butter & Fruit Waffles

            Waffles are a popular breakfast option, especially when they are easily prepared in a toaster. Instead of adding syrup and butter to your waffles, try adding peanut butter (or Nutella!) and fruit for a healthier and energy-boosting alternative.

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            Oatmeal with Fruit

              6. Oatmeal with Fruit & Nuts

              While oatmeal may seem like a plain and boring breakfast choice, its ability to keep you full has long been proven. Add some fruit, granola, and some nuts to jazz up your oatmeal, giving you even more energy to last all morning.

              Breakfast Burrito

                7. Breakfast Burrito

                Want to get the long-lasting benefits of scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, chives and cheese, but don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast? Wrap up this fiber- and protein-rich breakfast in a whole wheat or flax tortilla or and take it on the go!

                Cereal Sundae

                  8. Cereal Sundae

                  Cereal is a quick and easy way to get a great start to your day. Make your favorite cereal a dessert by using lemon or vanilla greek yogurt to boost fiber and protein. Then, add your toppings, like fruit and granola.

                  Oatmeal Casserole

                    9. Oatmeal Casseroles

                    Looking for a new way to enjoy oatmeal? This delicious oatmeal casserole is a healthy way to get your fiber-filled oats. And, the cool thing about casseroles is that if you make it on Sunday, you’ll have breakfast ready to go all week.

                    Breakfast Quesadilla

                      10. Egg, Cheese, and Ham Quesadillas

                      Quesadillas aren’t just for lunch and dinner anymore. They’re perfect for breakfast too, especially when filled with eggs, cheese, ham, spinach, mushrooms, and other omelette-friendly ingredients.

                      Peanut Butter Quesadilla

                        11. Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas

                        If you’re not an omelette fan, you can also make your breakfast quesadillas with peanut butter and bananas. Or with any other fruit you like.

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                        Berry Breakfast Smoothie

                          12. Berry Oat Breakfast Smoothie

                          This breakfast smoothie is berry good, combining energy-packed fruits and oats to sustain you throughout the morning.

                          Healthy Breakfast Casserole

                            13. Breakfast Casserole

                            Another easy breakfast casserole is this egg, hashbrown, and sausage dish. You can’t go wrong when combining these breakfast faves — and it’s easy to heat up and go in the morning.

                            PB-and-J-Yogurt-Parfait

                              14. PB&J Parfait

                              This PB&J Parfait is yummy and healthy, combining berries, oats, and greek yogurt to keep you full and fuelled up until lunch.

                              Apple Greek Yogurt Pancakes

                                15. Apple Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pancakes

                                Get ready to attack the day when you have Apple Vanilla Greek Yogurt Pancakes for breakfast. These protein-filled stacks will prepare you for the busiest of mornings, allowing you to stay focused and on-task.

                                Egg Bagel Sandwich

                                  16. Bagel Sandwich

                                  Up your breakfast game by turning your next bagel into a power packed morning treat. Add eggs, avocados, tomatoes, and spinach, like in this recipe, to boost your morning productivity.

                                  Fancy Toasts

                                    17. Fancy Toast

                                    Add energizing superfoods, like greek yogurt, blueberries, strawberries, and cinnamon, to your toast for a healthy jumpstart to your day.

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                                    Breakfast BLT

                                      18. Breakfast BLT

                                      If you love BLT’s, you’re gonna love this breakfast version. The addition of egg and avocado will help you step up your morning routine, while the traditional bacon, lettuce, and tomato will satisfy your tastebuds.

                                      Cantaloupe Bowl with Fruit

                                        19. Cantaloupe Yogurt Bowl

                                        Fruit, besides being delicious, gives the body power. And, when combined with greek yogurt, it becomes a breakfast super meal.

                                        Breakfast Pizza

                                          20. Breakfast Fruit Pizza

                                          What could be better than pizza for breakfast? Especially when this pizza raises your energy level and tastes yummy.

                                          Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

                                            21. Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal

                                            Incorporate more wholesome grains and oats into your diet with Blueberry Banana Nut Oatmeal. This dish is not only heart healthy, but will sustain you all morning.

                                            Banana Almond Smoothie

                                              22. Banana Almond Smoothie

                                              Jumpstart your morning with this Banana Almond Smoothie. It’s a smoothie-shake hybrid made with greek yogurt, bananas, and vanilla almond milk, blended together to kickstart your day.

                                              Pumpkin Muffins

                                                23. Pumpkin Muffins

                                                Fall is the perfect time to make these scrumptious pumpkin muffins. Make them on a Sunday and you’ll have a healthy, energy boosting breakfast every day throughout the week.

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                                                Crustless Quiche

                                                  24. Crustless Quiche

                                                  This crustless pastry dish is light and airy, leaving you feeling ready to take on the day.

                                                  Breakfast Biscuits

                                                    25. Egg & Cheese Sandwiches/Biscuits

                                                    Don’t spend money on egg and cheese sandwiches/biscuits when you can make your own! Plus, these DIY breakfast biscuits are healthier and more filling.

                                                    Avocado Egg Toast

                                                      26. Avocado & Egg Flatbread

                                                      Filled with protein and healthy fats, an avocado and egg flatbread is guaranteed to keep you full and energized until it’s time for lunch.

                                                      Spinach Ham Cheese Roll Up

                                                        27. Spinach and Ham Omelette Roll Up

                                                        Roll up your spinach and ham omelette in a flax wrap or whole wheat tortilla and take it on the go!

                                                        Mediterranean Breakfast Tostada

                                                          28. Mediterranean Breakfast Tostadas

                                                          This flavorful, greek-inspired tostada will put a pep in your step, giving you the boost you need to accomplish your morning goals.

                                                          Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

                                                            29. Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

                                                            Stuff a sweet potato with eggs, bacon, cheese, and various veggies for a delicious and filling breakfast.

                                                            Apple Banana Oatmeal Muffins

                                                              30. Apple Banana Oatmeal Muffins

                                                              Boost your morning and your productivity with these healthy, low fat, and satisfying Apple Banana Oatmeal Muffins.

                                                              Featured photo credit: img_1607 / with wind via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                              Boundaries are limits

                                                              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                              • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                              • When do you want to be alone?
                                                              • How much space do you need?

                                                              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                              Sample language:

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                                                              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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