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10 Quick And Healthy Breakfast Ideas

10 Quick And Healthy Breakfast Ideas

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and yet finding the time to fit in a nutritious morning meal isn’t always easy. It often seems a lot easier to grab a greasy bacon bap from a local food stall on the way to work rather than cook yourself, and sometimes you may even leave the house without having eaten any breakfast at all! This is never a good idea.

You need a good breakfast to function at your best. By regularly gorging on fast-food morning snacks or avoiding breakfast altogether, you’re putting severe and unnecessary strain on your brain and body. Listed below are 10 quick and healthy breakfast recipes that can really set you up for the day.

1. Breakfast Banana Pops

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    What better way to kick off the morning than with a fruit-based lollipop that has the potential to cram in 2 of your “5 a day”? These banana pops are ideal for anyone struggling to deal with the breakfast rush, and can act as an appealing food for kids as well as busy, working adults.

    All you need are a few fresh bananas, some popsicle sticks, a bag of granola cereal, and a tub of low-fat yogurt.  This recipe takes no more than 5 minutes and is absolutely delicious too!

    See the full recipe here.

    2. Egg Mug

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      If you enjoy a nice portion of eggs in the morning but can never seem to find the time to get them sizzling away in a pan, this morning egg mug recipe is sure to cheer you up. As long as you have a mug and a microwave – you’re good to go.

      Simply get yourself a couple of eggs, some salt and pepper and some milk, cheese, ham and bread. Throw it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and bang! You have a healthy little breakfast mug that’ll keep you going until lunch.

      for the full recipe, see here.

      3. Breakfast Smoothie

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        A thick and fruity breakfast smoothie not only allows you to gulp down a few of your “5 a day” in one sitting, but also helps to keep you stuffed until lunch-time. All you need is a good-sized blender, and you’re all set for a great start to the day. Dice up 3 bananas, mix in some yoghurt, a splash of milk, 2 tablespoons of honey, and a cup’s worth of ice, and blend away. It really is that easy.

        See the full recipe here.

        4. Smoked Salmon Toast

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          Incredibly easy and mouth-wateringly tasty, smoked salmon toast is a superb way to fit some fish into your diet whilst keeping it healthy at the same time. All you need is some healthy bread, low-fat yoghurt, sliced smoked salmon, sliced onion, and a bit of cracked black pepper. Simply toast the bread, spread yoghurt across it when it’s done, and top it off with the sliced salmon, onions, and pepper for seasoning.

          See the full recipe here.

          5. Broccoli & Feta Omelette

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            For an ample and delicious dose of fibre and protein, this recipe for broccoli and feta omelette is the way to go. Simply gather up a cup full of chopped broccoli and add it to a heated skillet for 3 minutes. Whisk together 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons of crumbled feta cheese, and ¼ teaspoon of dried dill in a bowl, and add this to the broccoli. Cooking time should take no more than 3 or 4 minutes. Flip the mixture into the shape of an omelette and it should be ready to serve. Simple!

            See the full recipe here.

            6. Cooked Multigrain Cereal

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              This hearty, hot cereal breakfast is gloriously healthy, packed with flavour, and sets you up for the entire day. Make sure to collect a whole bunch of multigrain products to give it an extra punch, including barley, bulgur, oats, cinnamon and raisins, along with some mixed nuts for good measure. Throw two tablespoons each of barley, bulgur and oats into a bowl of cold water, and microwave on high power for 2 minutes. Add raisins and cinnamon, stir, and heat for another 3 minutes before adding a splash of milk on top.

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              See the full recipe here.

              7. Groovy Green Smoothie

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                Don’t be put off by its thick green coat, this smoothie is a terrific source of the vitamins and minerals required to keep you fit and healthy.  Throw one chopped banana, a cup of grapes, a 6 ounce tub of vanilla yoghurt, 1/2 an apple, and a cup and a ½ of fresh spinach leaves into a blender, and let the the machine whir at the rest.

                See the full recipe here.

                 8. Cheesy Mushroom Scramble

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                  All you need for this light little breakfast are 3 eggs, some sliced fresh mushrooms, and a few sprinkles of mozzarella cheese. Simply whisk the ingredients together before throwing them into a pan and scrambling until firm. Add a handful of herbs, peppers and/or spinach to lace the dish with a green layer for an extra health kick.

                  See the full recipe here.

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                  9. Breakfast Burritos

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                    For those looking to add a little South-American spice to their mornings need look no further than this recipe for healthy breakfast burritos. Start off by cooking couple of egg whites, and throwing them on top of two separate wholegrain tortillas. Sprinkle some fat-free cheese on top of each, along with some tinned black beans. Roll each tortilla into a wrap, chuck them into the microwave for thirty seconds, and spoon a little salsa on top when they’re done. Delicioso!

                    See the full recipe here.

                    10. Toast with Beans & Avocado

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                      An inventively healthy spin on a typical toast-centred breakfast, this recipe provides you with a cracking health kick. Suitable for vegans too, this recipe requires 2 slices of bread, 1 cup of refried beans, a single thinly sliced avocado, a few strips of white onion, and a bit of sea salt for seasoning. Simply toast the bread as normal, before spreading the beans evenly over each slice of bread. Top each piece of toast off with the sliced onion and avocado, before sprinkling the salt on top.

                      See the full recipe here.

                      Featured photo credit: Spice Roots via spiceroots.com

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                      Last Updated on November 9, 2020

                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                      10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                      Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                      Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                      Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                      If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                      Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                      1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                      Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                      Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                      Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                      2. No Motivation

                      Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                      This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                      If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                      3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                      Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                      A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                      A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                      The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                      4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                      One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                      We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                      Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                      You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                      5. Upward Comparisons

                      Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                      The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                      These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                      Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                      6. No Alternative

                      This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                      Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                      Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                      Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                      7. Stress

                      As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                      When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                      We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                      If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                      8. Sense of Failure

                      People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                      Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                      Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                      If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                      9. The Need to Be All-New

                      People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                      These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                      10. Force of Habit

                      Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                      Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                      These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                      Final Thoughts

                      These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                      There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                      Featured photo credit: NORTHFOLK via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                      [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                      [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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