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20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

You have probably heard all your life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And whoever told you that is probably right. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast can provide you with more vitamins and minerals, sharper concentration and performance in everyday tasks, improve strength and endurance, and lower cholesterol.

What better reason do you need to get out of that nasty habit of skipping breakfast?

Start your next busy day with one of these quick, healthy breakfast options:

1. Fruit and Cheese

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    The beauty of this recipe lies in the ability to prepare it the night before. It is easy enough to wash some fruit (e.g. apple, banana, or both!), chop it up with a few cubes of cheese the night before a big day. In the morning, there is no preparation required.

    Fruits provide a variety of vitamins and nutrient which not only assist proper bodily functions, but also have preventative properties against certain diseases and health conditions. They contain fiber, which keeps you fuller and satisfied for longer, perfect for weight-management according to a study by researchers with the University of Minnesota. Additionally, cheese contains essential nutrients such as calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12 which assist in keeping you healthy and energetic throughout the day.

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    2. Whole Oat Porridge

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      Porridge contains a high nutritional value and does not require a great deal of preparation time for the busy morning person. A recipe served with almond milk, diced pear, banana, cinnamon, almond flakes, chia seeds, and a drizzle of raw honey can create a nutritious and delicious alternative to the classic porridge breakfast.

      In terms of health benefits, porridge contains a lot of fiber which is helpful with appetite regulation. It also contains complex carbohydrates which keep you feeling energetic through the day. It contains a lot of iron, which helps with oxygen transport around the body. The addition of fruits and other healthy condiments not only provides delicious alternatives, but adds to the nutrient count as well.

      3. Avocado and Toast with Egg

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        This is a very simple recipe which can be partially prepared in advance. It doesn’t take very long to boil a couple of eggs the night before and add throw them on a piece of multi-grain toast with avocado in the morning. According to nutritionist Lisa Goldberg in an article by ABC, avocado has protein and healthy mono saturated fat, and combined with grainy toast, it is very high in fiber,keeping you full for a long time. It is also rich in a variety of nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium.

        4. Peanut Butter Waffle

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          For a lover of waffles, it is worth using this healthier alternative to the classic breakfast. Try out a whole-grain or bran waffle, boosting fiber, along with a spread of peanut butter, also rich in fiber, mono saturated fats (the good kind of fat!) and powerful antioxidants such as vitamin E, potassium, and vitamin B6. An extra sprinkling of raisins and sesame seeds can increase the fiber count even further.

          5. Green Veggie Juice

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            A vegetable alternative to the classic breakfast fruit smoothie. No cooking required, just chop it up and throw it in a juicer—quick, nutritious, and extremely easy. A suggested recipe includes baby spinach, parsley, celery, cucumber, apple, lime, avocado, and a teaspoon of spirulina.

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            This smoothie is jam-packed with nutrients and benefits. It makes the recommended amount of vegetable intake more manageable and less time-consuming. Vegetables are fiber-rich, again ensuring that you stay fuller for longer, promoting healthy digestion and lowering cholesterol. The vitamins and nutrients vegetables contain boost daily nutrient intake. The addition of fruits adds flavor and additional nutrients they contain.

            6. Anything with oats

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              Recipes such as oat-based muffins can be prepared the night or the day before. Have one muffin a morning and they should even last you a few days. This muffin recipe uses dark brown sugar which contains less industrial additives than white sugar. It also contains a lot of raisins. Oats are high in dietary fiber to keep you full throughout the day, as well as minerals. Eggs and skim milk provide low-fat protein and the array of fruit and veggies you can add provides a variety of vitamins and nutrients to keep you energetic.

              7. Whole-wheat Sandwich

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                Whole wheat sandwiches take next to no time at all to prepare in the morning, and you can put almost anything in them. Studies have shown that whole wheat bread promotes healthy bowels, reduces risk of heart disease, lowers risk of weight-gain and improves mental heath. Throwing in some peanut butter, lettuce, tomato, spinach, and cottage cheese not only increases variety of tastes but also throws in individual nutritional properties.

                8. Simple Chia Pudding

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                  Studies show that chia seeds provide a massive amount of nutrients with very few calories. They are full of antioxidants, are low in carbohydrates and very high in fiber. They are high in quality protein and help assist in weight loss. They contain a lot of important bone nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and protein. Most of all, they are very easy to incorporate into your diet. Try making this delicious chia pudding the night before and eating it on the go the next morning.

                  9. Freezer-Friendly Greens and Tofu Scramble Wrap

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                    By being ‘freezer-friendly’, this recipe should be easy enough to defrost when you’re ready to eat them in the morning. And because of its nutritional value, it should keep you full and energetic all day long. It contains a variety of healthy alternatives to classic wrap ingredients such as whole wheat tortillas, tofu and spinach, which provide a great deal of protein and fiber in your diet. However, the unique health factor in this recipe is the use of nutritional yeast, an ingredient commonly used in vegan cooking with a good source of vitamins and proteins.

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                    10. Frozen Breakfast Quesadillas

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                      This microwavable breakfast recipe is a quick, healthy way to start a busy morning. The eggs, black beans, and cheese provide a lot of protein to keep you alert and energetic through the day. The calorie count is lowered by the use of low-carb tortillas and reduced-fat cheese used. The beauty of this kind of recipe is that it is acceptable to put any healthy ingredients in, so personalize your breakfast as much as you want!

                      11. Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich

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                        This is unlike any peanut butter sandwich you’ve ever seen before. As the famous saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This makes sense as studies have shown that apples are rich in Vitamin C and B complex Vitamins. As far as substitutes for bread goes, apples are a fair candidate.Throw some peanut butter and raisins into a sliced up apple and you have yourself a fun, healthy and quick start to your morning.

                        12. Three-Grain Breakfast Cereal with Walnuts and Dried Fruit

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                          Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

                          If you feel like sticking to the classic breakfast cereal regime, why not at least add a bit of variety? You can add anything to a bowl of oats, but this recipe provides a large amount of nutrients and antioxidants required for a productive day. These high-fiber oats should keep you full for an extended amount of time, with added nutrients and fiber from the nuts and raisins keeping you energetic all day long. As well as using cinnamon and nutmeg to add flavor, use honey, rather than sugar to sweeten up your morning.

                          13. Blueberry Power Muffins

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                            Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

                            Bake these energy-filled muffins the night before, then reheat and eat them on a morning when you happen to be in a hurry. They are full of B Vitamins from whole wheat flour, and calcium from milk and yogurt. Blueberries provide antioxidants and the daily required amount of fat is provided by monounsaturated fat from almonds and canola oil.

                            14. Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

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                              Coffee lovers all over the world will appreciate this fast, simple breakfast idea. The oats provide fiber needed to stay fuller for longer and handle weight loss. The almond milk and yogurt provide protein and calcium required to remain energetic in order to handle the day ahead. And let’s not forget the coffee of course. Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. It also contains essential nutrients such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, manganese, and potassium and magnesium and niacin.

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                              15. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Mango Chutney

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                                Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
                                This sandwich is packed with protein from the eggs and ham, fiber and B Vitamins from the wholegrain English muffins, and low-calorie calcium from reduced fat cheese. This sandwich is quick to make and can be eaten on the go, perfect for the busy morning person.

                                16. Vegan Breakfast

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                                  It is important to consider those who prefer a vegan breakfast, such as vegan breakfast sandwiches. Studies show that there are many benefits to a vegan diet, such as making room in your diet for fruits and veggies and helping you reduce your intake of saturated fat and cholesterol. In the long run, this helps boost good cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease. These vegan sandwiches can be made very quickly and contain a variety of nutritious ingredients.

                                  17. Orange-Cranberry Wheat Germ Muffins

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                                    Photo: Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

                                    Bake these delicious muffins the night before and reheat them before walking out the door to start your day. Wheat germ is known to boost the immune system, have anti-aging properties, positively affect mental agility, muscle development, and stamina. The fiber and nutrients can aid in digestion, help weight loss and keep you alert and energetic.

                                    18. Peach-Mango Smoothie

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                                      Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

                                      Throw the ingredients in a blender and there you have it! Quick, easy and perfect for a busy breakfast rush. Mangoes are high in potassium and rich in fiber, promoting healthy bowel movement and digestion. Studies have shown that dietary fiber has a positive effect on eliminating degenerative diseases, including certain cancers and heart conditions.

                                      19. Mini Ham and Cheese Quinoa Cups

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                                        These high-protein, low-calorie  breakfast bites are best prepared the night before and reheated at your convenience. The quinoa and lean ham pack a lot of protein which provides energy and keeps you feeling full for longer.

                                        20. The “I don’t have time for breakfast” Make-Ahead Oatmeal

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                                          This one’s a winner right from the title, and this quick, healthy breakfast option is great for those short on time in the morning. It has oats and chia seeds which contain a great deal of fiber and essential nutrients to keep us healthy and energetic. The addition of protein and calcium from milk, almonds and yogurt, vitamins and minerals from fruit, and great taste provided by honey make this is a wonderful way to start anyone’s day.

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                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                          At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                          Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                          One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                          When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                          So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                          Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                          This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                          Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                          When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                          Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                          One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                          Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                          An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                          When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                          Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                          Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                          We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                          By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                          Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                          While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                          I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                          You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                          Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                          When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                          Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                          Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                          Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                          One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                          Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                          Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                          This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                          While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                          Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                          Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                          This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                          For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                          Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                          Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                          For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                          To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                          We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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