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WHAT? These 20 Yummy Breakfasts Can Be Done In 10 Mins?!

WHAT? These 20 Yummy Breakfasts Can Be Done In 10 Mins?!

One of the main reasons why a lot of people don’t eat breakfast is the lack of time. It’s definitely easier to go and grab a bagel on your way to work, or completely skip the meal altogether. But according to medical experts, you need breakfast to help control weight and stay productive throughout the day. Children need it even more because their minds and bodies are still developing.

Preparing breakfast doesn’t have to be a chore. If you can’t have them ready the night before, here are 20 filling yet healthy meals you can eat on the kitchen countertop OR take with you. The best part? They’re all good and ready in just 10 minutes or less.

1. Simple Poached Egg Avocado Toast

The best quick breakfast includes the right amounts of carbohydrates (for energy), protein (to keep you full for longer), and vitamins. What better way to have all three than in a poached egg-avocado-on-toast trio? Kick it up a notch by mashing the avocados with a little lemon for a zesty first bite. You can make this dish allergy-safe by using gluten-free whole grain bread.

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    2. Omelet in a Mug

    Love eggs but don’t have the time to fry them? Microwave them instead and they’ll be ready to enjoy in less than 3 minutes. Just choose your toppings (ham, bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.), add cheese and/or milk, pour into a microwave-safe mug, and you have a pretty omelet in a mug to eat right away or take with you to the office.

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      3. Breakfast Yogurt Parfait in a Jar

      Get your daily dose of fiber in this super delicious parfait in a jar that features fruits, cereal, and yogurt. Almost anything would work with this recipe. Use fresh seasonal fruits or frozen ones mixed with your favorite add-ons. Think chia or poppy seeds, and maybe a dash of light soy milk. Layer every ingredient to make it a sweet treat for the eyes, too.

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        4. Nutella-Banana French Toast

        Healthy sugar is welcome in the morning – especially if it’s from natural sources like honey. It gets broken down by your body so you have enough energy throughout the day. If you have an active lifestyle, then this French toast variant is perfect to wake up to. Bananas should give you the fiber you need, while Nutella’s sweetness should perk you up instantly. Hello great mornings!

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          5. Blueberry Single-Serve Pancake

          Simple, delectable, and can be served hot in just 10 minutes. Instead of using traditional pancake mix or flour, make this dish extra healthy by replacing those ingredients with quick oats. Toss in cottage cheese for that slight tang, blend well in a food processor, and you’re ready to cook. Top with maple syrup and lots of blueberries for a filling yet quick breakfast of champions.

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            6. Raspberry-Beet Smoothie

            If you’re really pressed for time but don’t want to scrimp out on a good meal, then smoothies are your best bet. They’re great for vegans or gluten-intolerant individuals, too! Don’t be afraid to combine fruits with vegetables when creating your very own smoothie. Why not try raspberries with beets? Balance the flavors using any milk or yogurt variants and you’re done.

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              7. Mushroom Scramble

              Love eggs? Love mushrooms? Combine both loves in this scrumptious mushroom scramble that should get you out of the kitchen in just 10 minutes. Use either fresh or canned button mushrooms. Slice them thinly to cut cooking time. If you’re lactose-intolerant or you just want fluffier eggs, skip the milk and beat in more air before cooking the eggs instead.

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                8. Berry Waffle Taco

                Waffles with berries? Why not! Packed with vitamins and carbohydrates, this breakfast berry taco even features yummy lemon custard sauce that you can make yourself. Create a huge batch that you can store in an air-tight container to be used for cookies, cakes, and other desserts. Forgot to make it ahead? No worries. Skip the sauce and opt for Greek yogurt or cream. Feel free to use any berries that you have on hand.

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                  9. Humble Muesli

                  Grains are one of the best food choices for a quick breakfast because they are loaded with carbohydrates and fiber. If you have the habit of bringing milk with you to work, then why not pair your drink with some delicious muesli? It’s typically just a mix of cereals, grains, nuts, and fruits that are eaten with milk. These days, it is given a makeover with a sweet dose of maple syrup or honey, as well as dried fruits instead of fresh ones. As muesli is a dry meal on its own, you can easily take it with you anywhere!

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                    10. Breakfast Popovers

                    Aside from giving you a burst of energy to power your day, you’ll need protein to keep you full until lunchtime. This recipe from popular chef, Jamie Oliver, ensures you get a tasty, thick treat that should satisfy even the most discerning breakfast-lovers. The chili sauce with yogurt is a brilliant dip to go with your popovers. Featuring tomatoes, smoked ham, and cottage cheese, it’s the best way to begin every morning.

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                      11. Stick-With-You Polenta

                      If you work out or do a quick jog before hitting the office, then you need a light yet powerful breakfast to help your muscles recover. This polenta recipe is perfect for those who have active lifestyles. With just six ingredients, it’s both gluten-free and vegetarian. Top with nuts, raisins, or other dried fruit for a truly rewarding morning meal.

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                        12. Bread-and-Fruit Combos

                        Think outside your regular avocados on toast. Some fruits are simply perfect with classic whole-grain bread. Why not try bananas with sweet jam or apples with peanut butter? Or how about pears, almond butter, and shredded coconut? When creating your own bread-and-fruit combo, keep these three ingredients in mind: bread, some form of fruit, and a type of spread. Done!

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                          13. Tofu Omelet

                          Who says vegan dishes can’t be delicious? This tofu omelet is not only healthy, it’s versatile enough to be stuffed with any of your favorite ingredients! Love mushrooms, spinach, and cheese? Add them once the batter is cooked and prepare to enjoy a filling meal made in minutes. The key is blending the tofu batter in a food processor or small blender so that it’s quick and easy to pour. Make a good batch that should last you for two to three days.

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                            14. Sweet Potato Hash

                            Not every starch is bad for you. Sweet potatoes and yams for instance, are gluten-free and taste great on their own. So ditch the regular hash browns with this healthier alternative! Add in your choice of protein (fish, spinach, eggs, etc.) and herbs for a breakfast meal that’s filling yet nutritious. This recipe is also great for those suffering from Type 2 diabetes as the sugars from the sweet potatoes are released more slowly, preventing sugar spikes.

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                              15. Brown Fried Rice With Spinach

                              If you usually have leftover brown rice from last night’s dinner, then this dish is perfect for you. Plus, you save more time because you don’t need to cook the rice anymore. Simply sauté your greens until cooked, toss in your rice and seasonings, and voila! An Asian breakfast staple that’s sure to keep you full until your lunch hour. Shiitake mushrooms optional.

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                                16. Banana Porridge

                                There’s nothing more comforting – especially on a cold morning – than a nice, warm bowl of porridge. Eat it at home or at work. The dreamy combination of rolled oats, almond milk, honey, cinnamon, and bananas are anything but boring. If you want to take it the next level though, you could always add in fruits like raspberries, and even mix in a little bit of cocoa for a chocolatey taste!

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                                  17. Vegan Breakfast Burrito

                                  Need extra time to battle morning traffic? Vegan breakfast burritos to the rescue! This dish is versatile, filling, and can be eaten on the go – literally. As long as you have the necessary ingredients, all you need to do is assemble your burrito, wrap it, and you’re out the door. Quick tip: heat your tortillas in the microwave or toast it in the oven for a few seconds before putting in your stuffing.

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                                    18. No-Bake Caramel Pecan Granola Bars

                                    Why buy granola bars when you can make your own? In fact, they’re tastier and you get to customize the ingredients based on your preferences. This recipe calls for brown rice syrup, which helps the ingredients stick together even without refrigeration. Freeze for several minutes though, if you want these delicious bars to keep until after your shift. To make it gluten-free, simply look for GF rolled oats instead of regular ones.

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                                      19. No-Bake Apple Cinnamon Muffin Bites

                                      Making quick breakfast for two? Let these amazing no-bake muffin balls set the mood for a healthy, power-packed day for you and your loved ones. If you want to go Paleo, simply switch from gluten-free flour to coconut flour. Add optional protein powder just to give this recipe a boost and you’re ready to go. You can eat these immediately after forming them into balls, or refrigerate them to save for a later time.

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                                        20. Savory Sauteed Veggie and Cheese Crepes

                                        Taste Paris in this savory version of their famous crepes. In just 10 minutes, you’ll get a light yet mouth-watering meal that’s full of vitamins and fiber. To turn this recipe into a gluten-free version, just buy the GF flour variant. Keep the veggies crunchy so it packs a punch with every bite. Mix all the crepe ingredients in a blender so it saves time and energy. Don’t forget to sprinkle the cheese for a surprising burst of flavor!

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                                          Manage Your Mornings Right

                                          Although you can master these 10-minute meals in no time, nothing beats properly planning your meals so you’re not rushed in the morning. After all, you never know what could go wrong. Just because your boss calls in early doesn’t mean you have to compromise on a healthy breakfast. Here are a few more tips to help you start your day on the right note:

                                          • Remember the magic of make-ahead meals. Some of the recipes listed here (such as the yogurt parfait and the breakfast burrito) can be prepped the night before.
                                          • Invest in good storage containers that can be used for years to come. Look for those with separate compartments so you can put in more than one kind of food at a time.
                                          • As much as possible, put your food in a separate bag. Placing it in the same bag you use for work may attract pests like roaches or ants if you forget your food inside!
                                          • Reuse pretty jars for your breakfast parfaits and muesli. This way, there’s no need to buy mason jars. You save time AND money!
                                          • Don’t be afraid to use leftovers, especially if they’re still okay to eat. Rice, bread, and ham are just a few of the ingredients you can add to your quick meals.

                                          Breakfast is more than just filling your stomach. Food should be healthy and take your lifestyle into consideration. For instance: if you work out a lot, include lots of protein into your recipes to help heal and develop strong muscles. If you’re not used to eating breakfast, start light. You may want to begin with the banana porridge or a smoothie first before you try the omelets. Pretty soon, you’ll start to feel the difference that a good breakfast delivers.

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                                          Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                          I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                          1. The Inner Critic

                                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                          • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                          2. The Worrier

                                          This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                          The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                          3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                          This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                          How can you control these squatters?

                                          How to Master Your Mind

                                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                          For the Inner Critic

                                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                          For the Worrier

                                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tense

                                          Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                          Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                          For example:

                                          If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                          For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                          • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                          • Muscles tension

                                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                          Breathe in through your nose:

                                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                                          Breathe out through your nose:

                                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                          Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                          For the Sleep Depriver

                                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                          2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                          From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                          • Shut down your thinking.
                                          • Calm your feelings.
                                          • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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