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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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                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                          1. Exercise Daily

                                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                                          • Eat more veggies
                                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                            6. Start Slow

                                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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