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Morning is often the most hectic time of the day. Not only do you have to get yourself fed, cleaned, dressed, and looking presentable, but you probably have to do the same for your kids, and let’s be honest, your husband. We all know breakfast is super important and helps you handle the day with a clear head, but who has time to cook breakfast. Oftentimes we resort to eating, cereal bars, Pop Tarts, or nothing at all. But we’re here to tell you that you can cook each of these breakfast’s in under 10 minutes, and they are all as nutritious as can be.
1. Avocado Toast
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So simple, just make some toast and smash a ripe avocado on top of it. Finish with cracked pepper, sea salt, and maybe a squeeze of lemon.
2. Egg in the Hole with Fried Tomato
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Use a glass to cut out the hole in a piece of whole grain toast, and crack an egg in it right on the frying pan!
3. Good Morning Oatmeal
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Make some healthy, rolled oats and top with fresh fruit and nuts!
4. Banana Bread Overnight Oats
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This recipe should be prepped the night before, which means zero prep time in the morning!
5. Tropical Greek Yogurt Breakfast Bowl
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Greek yogurt is smooth, creamy, and filled with protein. Just add some fresh citrus, guava, bran flakes, and pistachio to give it some crunch.
6. Blackberry Smoothie
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Whatever fruit is in season should be the star of your morning smoothie!
7. Black Bean Breakfast Bowl
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This filling breakfast is packed with protein and will keep you full for hours!
8. Poached Egg with Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash
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This recipe is great if you serve sweet potato and brussels sprouts the previous night, just reheat and add a poached egg on top for a delicious and nutrient-rich breakfast.
9. Hot Quinoa Cereal with Greek Yogurt and Pistachios
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Quinoa makes the perfect hot cereal, just top with greek yogurt, honey and delicious pistachios!
10. Ezekiel Bread with Sunflower Butter and Banana
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Experiment with new spreads on your toast, like delicious Sunflower seed butter, and add banana and chia seeds!
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There are a number of reasons why some of us have trouble sleeping. Stress, hormone levels, and anxiety all play a role in how our bodies respond to fatigue. A glass of warm milk doesn’t always do the trick when we’re trying to remedy our restlessness. I’ve always heard that it’s a bad idea to eat before bed, but there has to be something we can nibble on, right? Luckily for food lovers, there’s a whole array of foods that contain different proteins, minerals, vitamins and amino acids that help us sleep. The key is to boost levels of serotonin and melatonin while adding proteins and acids that will help absorb them. Try out some of these meals about ninety minutes before going to bed, and we promise you’ll wake up feeling truly well rested.
1. Whole Grain Cereal with Almond Milk
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Who doesn’t love having breakfast for dinner? Have a bowl of whole grain cereal with low sugar and almond milk. There’s magnesium in almonds, which has muscle relaxing properties, and the cereal will help the production of serotonin and melatonin, two hormones important for sleep. Throw in some bananas for some extra magnesium and a bit of potassium, too.
2. Pineapple & Cherries
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Cut up some pineapple and mix it in a bowl with cherries. They both have natural melatonin which will definitely help you stay asleep instead of tossing and turning all night.
3. Cheese and Crackers
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There’s a reason warm milk is most people’s go-to sleepy snack. Milk and cheese contain tryptophan, which metabolizes to serotonin and melatonin. Pair your favorite cheese with some crackers, the carbs will help absorb the tryptophan.
4. Herbal Tea
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Tea isn’t just hydrating and soothing. Decaf green tea has amino acids to help you relax and reduce stress, but if you want something a little sweeter you can go with chamomile which has glycine, a mild sedative. Add some honey to increase your insulin level and help absorb tryptophan.
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Hummus contains vitamin B-6 which helps regulate your sleep in addition to tryptophan. Keep some in your cupboard and enjoy with pita chips or veggie sticks.
6. Trail Mix
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Make a trail mix with pumpkin seeds, walnuts, and pretzels to boost your levels of tryptophan, insulin and natural melatonin.
7. Air-Popped Popcorn
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Watching a movie before bed? Pop your own kernels with an air popper and then sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top. Carbs and dairy make for some serious zzz’s.
8. Fish and Shellfish
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Fish and shellfish are great sources of protein and other nutrients. Tuna and salmon contain vitamin B-6 and crustaceans have tryptophan as well.
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