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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 July 10, 2020

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                      Boundaries are limits

                      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                      • When do you feel disrespected?
                      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                      • When do you want to be alone?
                      • How much space do you need?

                      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                      Sample language:

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                      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                      Final Thoughts

                      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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