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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 January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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