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30 Healthy And Tasty Recipes For Breakfast That You Can Make The Night Before

30 Healthy And Tasty Recipes For Breakfast That You Can Make The Night Before

Many of us are pressed for time in the mornings but starting your day with a healthy breakfast may not be as hard as you think. Here are 30 recipes that you can easily make the night before. This way you can start your day the best way possible. Enjoy!

1. Raw Banana Cinnamon Chia Pudding

Banana Chia Pudding

    Chia seed puddings are a great way to start your day and are so easy to make. Chia seeds give you a huge amount of nutrients, are loaded with antioxidants and are high in quality protein which should keep you feeling fuller for longer. These can be made in mason jars and stored in the fridge for a few days.

    2.  Apple-Quinoa Breakfast Muffins

    apple quinoa

      Quinoa is high in protein and is a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index which is said to be good for weight management. These tasty muffins can be made ahead of time and you could also make up a big batch and store some in the freezer.

      3. Spring Veggie and Potato Frittata

      Spring vege fritata

        Check this article out to see just how good eggs are for breakfast. Frittatas are an easy way to add eggs to your diet. This recipe includes asparagus and potato but you could also include things like spinach leaves, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet potato, feta – whatever you fancy.

        4.  Blueberry, Buckwheat + Chia Seed Muffins {Gluten-Free; Naturally-Sweetened}

        buckwheat muffins

          The amazing creator of this delicious breakfast muffins said “I made it my business to come up with the healthiest version of a muffin that I could: nutrient-dense, full of healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants.” Sounds perfect to me!

          5. Green smoothies

          green smoothie

            “The most powerful way to up our mineral consumption is to consume a plant-based drink every day, by either blending or juicing vegetables and fruit together,” says Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and detox specialist. This is why green smoothies are the perfect way to start your day. They are so easy to make the night before. Just chuck all of your ingredients in the blender and store it in a mason jar in the fridge. Perfect for breakfast or a snack on the go.

            6. Overnight oats

            overnight oats

              Overnight oats are extremely versatile. You can top them with nuts and seeds, berries, fruit, natural yoghurt, honey, grated coconut, the options are endless. Oats have many beneficial nutrients including protein and fibre. They keep you feeling full and may help to reduce cholesterol.

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              7. Yoghurt and muesli parfaits

              yoghurt parfait

                Yoghurt is a source of protein and has several other nutrients including calcium, Vitamin B2 & B12, potassium and magnesium. Make sure you are consuming a natural yoghurt as many of the flavoured yoghurts contain large amounts of sugar. Match your natural yoghurt with some fruit and muesli and you have a delicious, healthy breakfast.

                8.  Baked Egg Breakfast Casserole with Mushrooms, Spinach & Salsa Recipe 

                Baked egg breaky

                  This one will take about 35 minutes of your time the night before and is a perfect way to include more greens in your diet. Spinach and other leafy greens are important for skin, hair and bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.

                  9. Bacon and egg cupcakes

                  bacon-and-egg-muffins

                    I absolutely love this one. These are so easy to make and are perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. Just line a muffin tray with bacon, crack in an egg, sprinkle some herbs and bake.

                    10. Sweet Potato, Kale + Feta Muffins

                    kale muffins

                      This ‘meal-in-a-muffin’ is full of protein and vegetables. A perfect healthy breakfast or snack when you are on the run.

                      11. Raspberry, walnut + buckwheat breakfast pudding

                      raspberry pudding

                        Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure and this recipe is a perfect way for you to incorporate it. Put it in some jars with rice/almond milk, walnuts and raspberries and you have a nutritious way to start your day.

                        12. Mixed Berry Protein Smoothie

                        mixed berry smoothie

                          Here is another amazing recipe from Sarah Wilson. All you do is chuck your favourite ingredients in the blender, blend and go.

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                          13. Banana Oat Smoothie

                          banana smoothie

                            Another simple smoothie recipe but this time you are including Banana and oats. This article from Foodmatters.tv explains just how powerful Bananas can be if we include them in our diet for example they “aid digestion and gently chelate toxins and heavy metals from the body.”

                            14. Paleo Bread

                            paleo-bread

                              Many of us like a quick piece of toast in the morning, but why settle for white refined bread with very little nutritional value when you can eat this paleo bread packed full of fruit, seeds and nuts.

                              15. Blueberry Chia and Seed Bowl

                              Blueberry-Chia-Seed-Bowl

                                This one is so simple and so nutritious. Just put your seeds, nuts, dates and yoghurt into a blender and blitz until combined. Then top with other ingredients of your choice. This one uses goji berries, blueberries, nuts and dried coconut. Make it into a mason jar and have it for breakfast.  Yum!

                                16. Blueberry and Banana Bread

                                banana-and-blueberry-900

                                  This one will take you about 1 hour and 35 mins the night before. You can whip it up while you are cooking dinner and leave it in the oven to cook while you finish your meal. I promise you the delicious results are worth it! Just try not to eat it all that night.

                                  17. Mini Make-Ahead & Freeze Frittatas

                                  mini frittatas

                                    This is another great recipe that sees you utilising your muffin trays!  Just mix up your ingredients, pour them into the tray and bake.  So easy and simple! If you want you can make two trays worth and store them in the freezer.

                                    18.  Orange Maple Polenta 

                                    polenta

                                      Polenta is a low carbohydrate food rich in vitamin A and C making it a good source of the caroteinoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. This dish can be served hot or cold, which means it is a perfect option for you to make the night before.

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                                      19. Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Bars

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                                        Chocolate and peanut butter for breakfast? Yes please! This wonderful recipe from Vegan Heartland is packed with nuts and seeds and are rich in protein, fibre, antioxidants and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

                                        20. Fruit Salad

                                        fruit salad

                                          What a better way to start your day then with a refreshing salad bowl. Cut up your favourite fruit the night before and store it in a container. In the morning, just add yoghurt and muesli and you can be on your way.

                                          21. Avocado toast with egg

                                          avocado egg toast

                                            This one is very simple. You can boil your eggs the night before or even in the morning. Then just toast your bread, scoop on your avocado and slice up your egg.

                                            22. Breakfast Burrito

                                            breakfast burrito

                                              These are a delicious and easy snack to keep on hand. Cook your ingredients the night before and wrap them in a small whole-wheat tortilla. You can make a few of them and then keep them in the freezer.

                                              23. Brunch Egg & Cheese Cups

                                              egg cups

                                                I can’t help but include more egg cup recipes in this list. I think it’s because they are so tasty, easy and nutritious. This one uses onion, cherry tomatoes and thyme.

                                                24. Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

                                                zuchinni oatmeal

                                                  I know zucchini in your oatmeal may seem a little crazy but I love this recipe from Oh She Glows. Zucchini is a good source of potassium and contains antioxidant vitamins that help boost immunity and support healthy aging. I don’t know why, but it just works in this recipe. Give it a try!

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                                                  25. Hard Boiled Eggs

                                                  boiled eggs

                                                    Hard boiled eggs are easy and affordable. Boil a few up at a time and leave them in the fridge for a couple of days. They are a great source of protein.

                                                    26. Six-Grain Slow Cooker Porridge

                                                    slow cooker porridge

                                                      I love using my slow cooker as it is so quick and easy but I have never thought to use it for breakfast!  Put some grains, oats, seeds, fruit and milk in the night before and wake up to some delicious slow cooked porridge.

                                                      27. Crockpot Cobbler

                                                      apple crock pot

                                                        This easy and delicious recipe will take a few minutes to prepare and tastes like apple crumble. It looks naughty but is actually a great healthy alternative. Why not cook it the night before and take some for breakfast in the morning. Top it off with some yoghurt and berries.

                                                        28. Banana Split with Yogurt and Jam

                                                        banana split

                                                          This healthy twist on a banana split is a great healthy breakfast. Top your banana off with some natural yoghurt, coconut, granola, honey or a little bit of jam.

                                                          29. Avocado Breakfast Pudding

                                                          Avocado breakfast

                                                            Avocados are full of healthy fats and are an excellent source of potassium. They are rich in vitamin K, B, C and E. Research suggests that there may be a number of other benefits including: lowering cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of diabetes, promoting lower body weight, and preventing cancer.

                                                            30. Berry Breakfast Quinoa

                                                            berry breakfast

                                                              Berries and quinoa are a perfect breakfast combination. This is a great recipe but I would use natural/full fat yoghurt. In my opinion, full fat is always a better option and you can read why here.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Blueberry Chia and Seed Bowl/Changing Habits via changinghabits.com.au

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                                                              Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                              Listen carefully:

                                                              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                              1. Pray Daily

                                                              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                              3. Smile Often

                                                              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                              4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                              How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                              8. Go Exercise

                                                              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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