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10 Breakfasts You Can Make The Night Before

10 Breakfasts You Can Make The Night Before

Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. I wake up an hour early just so I can enjoy my breakfast and coffee, read blogs, and watch the news. I know this may sound crazy, but I love it. I love being able to take my time and savor breakfast – every second of it. It’s pure perfection except on mornings when I accidentally sleep in.

*Insert panic mode*

What do you do when you’re running late? Truthfully when this happens I tend to grab a granola bar on my way out and call it breakfast. Note: a granola bar is NOT breakfast. What should happen on mornings when I sleep in, is that I should be able to grab an already-prepared meal from my refrigerator. Or maybe I don’t accidentally sleep in. Maybe I sleep in on purpose because in the back of my mind I know that breakfast is already prepared. Woohoo! You can feel the same relief with these 10 breakfasts you can make the night before. Hopefully one or even all 10 of them inspire you to always eat a balanced, healthy and filling breakfast! As I like to say, a morning without breakfast is no morning at all.

1. Orange, Coconut and Vanilla Overnight Oats by My Fussy Eater

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    There’s nothing simpler than throwing ingredients into a jar, letting them sit overnight and then having a delicious breakfast ready in the morning… especially when those oats are orange, coconut and vanilla flavored (talk about a stellar combination!) Prep time: 5 minutes

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    2. Ham and Sausage Hash Brown Egg Bake via Pinch of Yum

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      Did someone just list all of my favorite breakfast foods in one recipe? Ham, sausage, hash browns and eggs in one casserole is sure to please your taste buds. Prep time: Approx. 45 minutes

      3. Baked Honey Berry Oatmeal via Apple of My Eye
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        With warmer weather rolling around, it’s about time to start busting out the berries. This berry bake features mixed berries and honey in delicious baked oatmeal. Prep time: 25 minutes

        4. Sticky Bun Chia Seed Pudding via I Heart Eating

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          Prep this chia pudding and in the morning enjoy it cold or reheat it – it’s as simple as that! Plus who doesn’t want pudding that tastes like a cinnamon bun? Prep time: 10 minutes

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          5. Lemon Yogurt Poppy Seed Muffins via Happily Unprocessed

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            Talk about a grab-and-go breakfast! These Lemon muffins are not only flavorful, but healthy too! Prep time: 25 minutes

            6. Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Honey Almond Granola via Tried and Tasty

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              Yogurt topped with fruit takes mere minutes to prepare, and the honey almond granola takes the flavor from good to amazing. I’ll take five, please. Prep time: Approx. 5 minutes

              7. Baked Maple Donuts via Dashing Dish

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                What? Donuts for breakfast? Typically they’re not the healthiest option, but these maple donuts are grain-free and paleo-friendly. Prep ’em the night before for a quick and sweet breakfast. Prep time: 25-30 minutes

                8. Tomato Bacon Spinach Quiche via This Gal Cooks

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                  I used to hate quiche as a kid but now I have a new-found appreciation for it. It’s extremely customizable and, you guessed it, easy to prepare ahead of time! This version with tomato, bacon AND spinach sounds amazing! Prep time: 1 hour

                  9. Vegan Berry Crunch Smoothie Bowl via Domesticate ME!

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                    A delicious bowl packed full of flavor and nutrients. Say whaaat? Strawberries, banana, blueberries, spinach, chia seeds and MORE. If you’re looking for a super healthy make ahead breakfast, this is it. Prep time: Approx. 10 minutes

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                    10. Blueberry Lemon Bread with Lemon Glaze via Live Well Bake Often

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                      Prep this delicious bread the night before and enjoy a few slices with your coffee in the morning, or on your way out the door, or eat one slice at a time and make the loaf last you an entire week. Whatever you decide, you’ll definitely be looking forward to breakfast every morning. Prep time: 1 hour 15 minutes

                      The moral is, you don’t ever have an excuse not to eat breakfast. Prep one of these tonight and enjoy a delicious breakfast in the morning!

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                      Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                      The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                      The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                      You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                      Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                      Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                      An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                      Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                      1. The Paleo Diet

                      The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                      The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                      In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                      How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                      The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                      With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                      It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                      Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                      2. Whole30

                      The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                      With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                      During the month you are eliminating:

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                      • sugar
                      • alcohol
                      • legumes
                      • grains
                      • dairy
                      • soy

                      Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                      At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                      Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                      Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                      With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                      This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                      3. The Mediterranean Diet

                      The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                      For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                      With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                      • Fruits & vegetables
                      • Whole grains
                      • Legumes & nuts
                      • Replacing butter with olive oil
                      • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                      • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                      • Moderate amounts of red wine

                      Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                      Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                      With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                      4. The Alkaline Diet

                      The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                      The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                      Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                      The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                      People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                      One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                      Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                      There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                      The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                      What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                      The Big Takeaway:

                      Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                      Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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