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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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