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5 Better Breakfast Ideas

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5 Better Breakfast Ideas

If you typically grab a granola or cereal bar for your breakfast meal and head out the door (if you even grab anything at all), you are making a grave mistake. It’s vital that you fuel your body well during this first meal of the day or you’ll find yourself suffering from low energy, food cravings and you’ll have a harder time controlling your appetite throughout the day.

That said, if you eat the same thing daily, you’re bound to get bored and turn to lesser healthy options, so that needs to be avoided as well.

Let’s take a quick peek into five better breakfast ideas that you should consider using and interchanging to help you lose weight.

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Yogurt Parfait

A Greek yogurt parfait is an excellent choice to get your day started off right. Pair it with some fresh berries and nuts or unsweetened coconut for a great start.

You want to always do your best to get all three nutrients into your morning meal – proteins, carbohydrates, and dietary fats.

This meal will do that perfectly.

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Yogurt Parfait

    Protein Pancakes

    Protein pancakes are another option to consider. Whip these up yourself using egg whites, protein powder, dry oats, and any berries you desire.

    Cook them as a normal pancake and they’ll be ready in minutes. Top them with some sugar free syrup or some natural nut butter and more fresh fruit.

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    Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is a classic standby that you can dress up in a number of different ways. It is important that you choose the unflavored variety of oatmeal otherwise you’ll be taking in far more sugar than you should be. Try adding a scoop of your favorite protein to your bowl of oatmeal and then add a sliced banana and some slivered almonds, peanuts, or diced pecans. You can also cut an apple up into the oatmeal, add some cinnamon along with walnuts and some vanilla protein powder.

    Oatmeal is filling, healthy and, just by adding different toppings, it can be made in a variety of ways.

    Scrambled Eggs

    Scrambled eggs are another great option that you can tailor make to your own personal preferences. This is also a great way to get more vegetables into your day, which most people have a hard time incorporating to their daily meals.

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    Scramble up your eggs and then serve them alongside a diced sweet potato hash, lightly pan-fried in some olive oil.

    Poached Eggs

    Finally, don’t overlook poached eggs. This is one way to prepare your eggs that so many people forget about but can still be a very healthy approach as it requires no butter or oil.You can use poached whole eggs or just the whites if you want a lower fat option for your breakfast meal. Serve these over some Ezekiel bread if you can have the carbs or simply a bed of spinach if you are on a lower carbohydrate diet.

    Add some fruit to top it off and get your fiber and antioxidant intake up and you’ll be all set for optimal success.

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    So there you have some quick and simple breakfast ideas to consider as you go about your fat loss diet plan. If you get a bit creative and have five or six classic stand-by options to choose from, you can rest assured that you will be getting good nutrition in with each morning meal you eat. That in turn may just make the difference of whether you stick to your diet over the long run or not. Eat well in the morning and you’ll see success.

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    Last Updated on November 22, 2021

    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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    Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

    Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

    During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

    But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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    Simplify

    I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

    Absolutely.

    And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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    If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

    • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
    • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
    • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

    Be Mindful

    You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

    Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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    Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

    Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

    Reflect

    As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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    Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

    But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

    So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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