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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.

                                          Featured photo credit: Minette Layne via Flickr 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.

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