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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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                                          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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