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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.

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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