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Quick And Easy: 10 Healthy Breakfasts That Are Better Than Cereal

Quick And Easy: 10 Healthy Breakfasts That Are Better Than Cereal

Do you desperately want a healthier start to your day, but are too tired and busy to even think about putting together a fancy, nutritious breakfast in the morning? You may have a demanding job, a heavy course load, several kids, or perhaps you’d just rather spend your morning time doing anything other than preparing food. It’s tempting to reach for a bowl of cereal to satisfy your hunger, but most of them are high in sugar and fat, leaving you prone to blood sugar crashes mid-morning and feelings of ravenous hunger by lunchtime. Instead, try these 10 ideas for a better breakfast. Some of them can be made ahead, and most take just 10-20 minutes to prepare.

1. Omelette

Omelette

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    Health Benefits: Eggs are packed with protein that will help keep you satisfied until it’s time for your next meal. Add in some vegetables for vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

    Make It: Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Pour two beaten eggs into the pan and cook on a medium heat until the eggs are set. In a separate pan, gently fry some mushrooms, spinach, and tomatoes for the filling. Place it in the center of the omelette, fold over, and serve.

    2. Green Smoothie

    Green Smoothies

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      Health Benefits: Green smoothies are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. This recipe is delivers an iron boost from the spinach, which helps maintain your energy levels.

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      Make It: Grab 1 1/2 cups spinach, a few ice cubes, 1 small banana, 1 orange, and 1/4 cup coconut water and combine in a blender until smooth. For a protein boost, add a spoonful of seeds or protein powder.

      3. Fruit Salad

      Fruit Salad

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        Health Benefits: If you have only a light appetite in the morning, stick with a classic fruit salad for a gentle start to the day. Use a variety of fruits for the best possible range of nutrients. For example, you can include bananas for potassium, kiwi for vitamin C, pomegranate for folate and vitamin K, and grapefruit for heart-friendly choline. Eating whole fruits rather than just drinking the juice is a great way to fit more fiber into your diet.

        Make It: Chop or dice at least three different fruits and mix together for a refreshing and healthy breakfast.

        4. Protein Bars

        Cranberry Protein Bar

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          Health Benefits: An easy and tasty way to raise your protein intake, these bars will give you a steady release of energy throughout the morning. The nuts and seeds provide fibre, and dried fruits add sweetness without too many calories.

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          Make It: Make these in advance and they will last in an airtight container for at least one week. Alternatively, you can freeze them until needed. Take 1 1/2 cups almond meal, 1/2 cup coconut flour, 1/2 cup protein powder, 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/4 cup of melted butter, 3 eggs, and 1/4 cup of honey and mix together. Bake at 350F in a 8″ x 8″ dish for 25-35 minutes. Cut into ten bars and allow to cool.

          5. Pita Breads

          Pitta

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            Health Benefits: Wholemeal pita breads are high in fiber, which is vital for maintaining stable blood sugar and intestinal health. Together with a combination of protein and vegetables, this is a perfect quick breakfast.

            Make It: Pick your preferred filling and start stuffing or dipping! Try lean ham and spinach, scrambled egg and mushroom, hummus and salsa, or chicken and avocado. For a high-protein vegan option, try tomato and lightly fried tofu, seasoned with salt and pepper.

            6. Frittata

            Frittata

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              Health Benefits: Combining potato with egg, a frittata makes a more filling alternative to an omelette, so is a good option for those hectic mornings when you need something substantial to keep you going. The carbohydrates in the potatoes will also raise your energy levels.

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              Make It: This easy recipe takes under 20 minutes, or you can make it the night before and keep it in the fridge. Take 4 potatoes (cubed), 1 cup of diced onion, 6 eggs, some oil, and seasonings of your choice. To make a basic frittata, first heat a generous splash of olive oil in a non-stick pan until hot. Next, cook the potatoes until they start to fall apart. Add the onion and cook the mixture until it is soft. Meanwhile, beat the eggs together in a bowl. Mix this with the onion and potato mix. Add more oil to the pan and tip everything back in, cooking until golden brown and firm on both sides. You may have to flip the frittata a couple of times to ensure it is cooked evenly. Add in mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, or any other vegetable you prefer.

              7. Oatmeal

              Oatmeal

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                Health Benefits: Low in sugar and tremendously filling, oatmeal is the perfect cold cereal replacement for cold winter mornings (or for any other time of the year). Increase the protein by adding nuts and seeds, and for an even greater health boost, add some fresh fruit.

                Make It: Top your oatmeal with a range of nuts and seeds. Consider making your own concoction and storing it in the cupboard so that all you have to do is make your oatmeal, sprinkle a handful of your own mix over the top, and get ready to enjoy breakfast! Try a hemp seed, flaxseed, linseed, brazil nut, hazelnut, and walnut mix to raise your Omega-3 levels, which may help in overcoming low mood.

                8. Breakfast Banana Split

                Banana Split

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                  Health Benefits: Have you ever wished you could have dessert for breakfast? You can! Load up on vitamins, minerals, and proteins by making over the traditional banana split in a breakfast-friendly fashion.

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                  Make It: Cut a banana in half and put on a plate. Now you’re going to make some clever, healthy substitutions. Instead of ice cream, add a couple of spoonfuls of cottage cheese. Instead of sugary sauces, use a little honey or agave nectar. Top with flaked and chopped nuts and a sprinkling of cocoa powder.

                  9. Yogurt With Extras

                  Yogurt

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                    Health Benefits: Along with its high protein content, natural yogurt is an excellent food for promoting gut health as it contains natural probiotics that help keep your digestive system in balance.

                    Make It: Start with a natural yogurt base and add a mixture of nuts, seeds, and fruit (either fresh or dried). If you feel the need for a sweetener, try using a teaspoon of honey or agave nectar instead of regular sugar.

                    10. Low Sugar Granola Bars

                    Granola Bars

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                      Health Benefits: Much healthier than store-bought bars, these tasty breakfast snacks are a simple, easy-to-make morning treat. Their high seed content means that this breakfast delivers a decent amount of protein, and adding a few dark chocolate chips provides sweetness without lots of sugar or fat.

                      Make It: The following recipe makes approximately 10 servings. Take 1 cup pitted dates, 1/4 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of creamy salted natural peanut butter, 1 cup roasted and chopped unsalted almonds, 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, and some dark chocolate chips. Blend the dates in a food processor until they form a dough-like consistency before combining with the oats and almonds in a large bowl. In a pan, warm the peanut butter with the honey. Combine the two mixtures, stirring to gain an even distribution of ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips. Finally, spread the resulting mix in a lined baking dish and press down to flatten. Place in a cool place for a few hours and allow to set.

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                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

                      Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

                      Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

                      1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

                      Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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                      2. Stress Relief

                      Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

                      3. Improved Sleep

                      Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

                      4. Appetite Control

                      Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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                      5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

                      When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

                      6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

                      Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

                      7. Mosquito Repellant

                      Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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                      8. Pain Relief

                      While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

                      9. The New Anti-Viral

                      Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

                      10. Improved Cognitive Function

                      Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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                      11. Money Saving

                      With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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