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10 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Busy People

10 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Busy People

Making sure you have a great, healthy breakfast every morning is essential to start your day in the right way. The first meal of the day will set you up with a better mindset and enough energy to carry you until lunchtime. With the busyness of modern life, breakfast can sometimes be overlooked altogether or we tend to turn to unhealthy convenient choices just so we have something to keep us going and to keep the hunger at bay.

For those of us who have busy mornings and limited time to spend on making a wholesome breakfast, here are 10 quick and healthy breakfast recipes that are fast and convenient to make whilst giving you the optimum health boost you need to get you through your day.

1. Healthy Banana Bread

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    Make this delicious and healthy banana bread at the start of the week and it’ll serve you for several mornings thereafter. Just grab it and go, adding toppings such as peanut butter, almond butter or just on its own. Packed full of healthy banana, it will give you a boost of energy as you head out of the door.

    2. Almond Butter, Yogurt and Fruit Parfait

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      If you want something a bit lighter that will also fill you up, this recipe will do the trick. With low-fat greek yogurt and almond butter this is packed full of protein that will keep hunger at bay until lunchtime and can be made in under 10 minutes.

      3. Apple Sandwiches with Almond Butter and Granola

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        So simple yet delicious, this quick and easy breakfast snack will be a hit with everyone including kids. Make as many as you fancy before heading out the door as they take little to no time to construct.

        4. Apple Muffin in a Mug

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          Mug cakes are all the rage but have you ever thought of making a healthy version for your breakfast? I love this because it literally takes 5 minutes to make in the microwave and it’s a great healthy option if you substitute coconut oil and coconut flour in the recipe. Have it with fruit or nut butter to add some extra protein.

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          5. Make-Ahead Freezer Breakfast Sandwich

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            These are great and convenient because you can make them ahead of time and defrost when you need them. You can easily adapt this recipe by adding anything you want, including avocado, tomato, spinach or use wholemeal bread if you want a healthier option.

            6. Easy Yogurt Overnight Oats

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              Oats are full of fibre and are great at filling us up but we don’t always have the time to make porridge from scratch. This little recipe is great because it can all be done the night before and uses calcium-rich yogurt and fresh fruit. Let the yogurt soak into the oats and have the perfect healthy breakfast waiting for you when you get up.

              7. 5 Minute Avocado Toast with Egg

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                This is my favorite recipe because it combines avocado and egg which are both a great source of healthy nutrients and is always delicious without fail. So quick and easy to make, it’ll take you 5 minutes to prepare and will give you the energy you need to get you through the morning.

                8. Breakfast Egg Muffins with Bacon and Spinach

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                  Just make these little egg muffins in a big batch and store in the fridge or freezer. All you need to do is grab a couple as you go in the morning and you’ve not had to waste any time fiddling around to make anything. A quick and convenient solution for any busy morning people.

                  9. Berry Smoothie Bowl

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                    If fruit is more your thing in the morning then try this quick smoothie recipe. It takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and you can use any combination of fruit you like making this a super healthy breakfast option. Greek yogurt will ensure you feel nicely full and keep you going until your next meal.

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                    10. Homemade Breakfast Bars

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                      If you like the convenience of breakfast bars but feel the shop-bought ones are too unhealthy then why not make your own? This recipe is packed full of goodness and you can make them ahead of time so all you need to do is grab one and put it in your bag for the journey to work.

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                      Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                      How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                      Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                      The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                      The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                      Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                      Review Your Past Flow

                      Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                      Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                      Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                      Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                      Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                      Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                      Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                      We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                      Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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