Healthier Alternatives to Cereal

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But did you know that despite cereal flooding the shelves at your supermarket, cereal isn’t as healthy as marketing makes it out to be? Unless you are eating good quality muesli each morning with some fruit, then cereal is not going to be giving you the nutrition you need to set your day off on the right foot.

I’ve compiled a list of easy, fast and healthy breakfast ideas that don’t include the cereal box so that your next breakfast can be a nutritious one.

Mini Frittatas

These are basically mini omelets that are baked in a muffin tray. You can eat them hot or cold, depending on your mood. You can also add in other healthy foods like vegetables, cheese, or meats. Simply whisk some eggs, add a dash of milk or water, chopped veggies and bake for 10-mins. Easy right?

 Breakfast Quesadillas

This only takes a few minutes in the skillet to cook and is great for using leftovers. Cut up some greens, beans, roasted potatoes, leftover meats, anything you’ve got will work. Grab a wholewheat wrap add your ingredients to half and fold over while cooking. The best part is that it’s super healthy for you!

 Biscuits or Muffins

These are pretty great because you can add in all sorts of things to make them even more healthy and tasty. You could use mashed banana instead of sugar or raw cacao instead of chocolate chips. Some of the things I like to add in are nuts, seeds, and fruits like blue berries. 

Muesli

Muesli is great for the summer time when it’s too hot for things like a hot bowl of oatmeal. Raw oats, fruit, and nuts are very filling and can be soaked in nut milk overnight to make a cold breakfast that’s ready to help you beat the heat of the summer’s day.

Smoothies

Smoothies are very healthy for you, but it can be tricky to make sure they fill you up until your next meal. Try adding some dry oats, nut butters, or avocado for more protein and belly filling power! You can actually make these the night before by putting the ingredients into a bag or container and store in the fridge. When you wake, add it all to the blender, pour into a glass and off you go!

 Baked Oatmeal

Baked Oatmeal is really great for grabbing on the go. If you make it on Sunday night, you can pack into a little container and it will be great for breakfast all week long! You can eat it cold or hot that will take just seconds to make. You can also add in some fruits, nuts, and even chocolate for different flavors.

 Breakfast Bar

You need to be very careful with pre made bars. Some of these bars say they are healthy when they are really packed full of sugar. I like to make my own instead so that I can make sure I am eating only the healthiest ingredients. So, instead of adding sugar, try adding some nuts, oats, mashed banana or dried fruit. Those ingredients will guarantee it tastes great and be healthy for you too!

 Eggs and Veggie Soldiers

These are soft boiled or poached eggs with vegetable sticks as soldiers. They are an amazing and healthy meal that’s also easy and fast to make.

 Surprise’ Plate

Like the Breakfast quesadillas, these are great for using leftovers. You can add in fruits, veggies, meat, cheese, olives, dried fruit, and/or nuts to make whatever surprise you’d like to see on your plate in the morning. Think of it like a snacks plate or nibbles platter where you can have a mini buffet of food on your plate.

 

Now, that you have some great new ideas for eating healthy at breakfast time, there is no reason to skip the most important meal of the day. Whether you are in a rush or have plenty of time to cook up a hearty meal, you’ve got plenty of healthy options to choose from that will make sure your body gets the nutrients it needs to make it through the day.

 

 

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Recipe: Beef and Plum Stir Fry

SERVES 4
PREP TIME: 20 minutes TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes

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1 ½ lb skirt steak, thinly sliced against grain
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp lime zest
2 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tsp vegetable oil
3 plums, nectarines, or peaches, cut into 1/2″ wedges
1 yellow onion, cut into 1/4″ wedges
2 med cucumbers, diced
2 c cooked quinoa
½ c fat-free Greek yogurt
1 Tbsp cilantro
4 tsp pepitas
Hot sauce and lime wedges, for serving

1. TOSS together steak, chili powder, cumin, lime zest, and garlic; season with salt and pepper.
2. HEAT 1 tsp of the oil in skillet over high. Add steak and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.
3. WIPE skillet clean and heat remaining 1 tsp oil over high. Add plums and onion and cook until crisp-tender, 2 to 3 minutes.
4. REMOVE from heat and stir in steak and cucumbers.
5. SERVE over quinoa and top with yogurt, cilantro, and pepitas. Serve with hot sauce and lime wedges.

NUTRITION (per serving) 487 cal, 44 g pro, 35 g carb, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugars, 18.5 g fat, 5.5 g sat fat, 195 mg sodium

Essential Oils Product Spotlight!

 

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If you’re experiencing stagnancy in your life, or have found yourself with little inspiration, minimal confidence, or greater pessimism, take time to make a change with doTERRA Motivate and propel your life in the direction of creativity and purpose. doTERRA Motivate essential oil blend is formulated with mint and citrus essential oils that inspire the senses, allowing you to tear down the demotivating road blacks that stand between you and your potential. Whether you need motivation to clean your room, start training for a race, or pick up your paintbrush again, doTERRA Motivate blend can support you with the courage and confidence to replace a pessimistic outlook on life with an optimistic one full of possibilities.
The purity and potency of an essential oil is crucial to its effectivity. These qualities are so critical because when essential oils are filled with filler substances and impurities, as many oils on the market are, their quality and effectivity are diminished. However, when oils are pure and potent, they are able to work properly and effectively to enhance well-being.


doTERRA Motivate Uses and Benefits

  1. Too often, feelings of worthlessness, apprehension, and weakness can cloud thoughts and limit potential. When you feel these feelings start to weigh on you, use the doTERRA Motivate blend topically or aromatically for a boost of positive emotion. doTERRA Motivate oil blend can promote feelings of confidence, courage, and belief and will help you become a more positive and more inspired you.
  2. If setbacks and disappointments have you down on yourself or are starting to have a discouraging effect on your emotions, it may be time to regroup and restore you to a more positive outlook. In times like these, use doTERRA Motivate as an encouraging companion to steer you away from negative emotions. doTERRA Motivate will help counteract the damaging emotions of doubt, pessimism, and cynicism.
  3. In need of a boost of confidence before a performance or speech? Here’s a little essential oil tip specifically for those moments. Simply apply doTERRA Motivate oil blend to a shirt collar or a piece of clothing that is close to the face, and the blend’s aroma will give you the self-assurance you need to perform your best.
  4. When working on a long paper for school or spending hours on a project, add one or two drops of doTERRA Motivate blend to the diffuser of your choice and diffuse. This fresh and minty blend will help you stay motivated and determined so that you can complete your projects.
  5. Once you’ve taken the step to get up and press forward, continue to use the doTERRA Motivate essential oil blend to encourage and motivate you in your endeavors. If you are a part of sporting events or other competitions, apply doTERRA Motivate oil to your pulse points before participating. This will give you a positive surge of confidence that will assist you in doing your best.

Chemistry of doTERRA Motivate
doTERRA Motivate is formulated with a blend of citrus and mint essential oils such as Yuzu, Clementine, and Peppermint. These oils come together to create a chemical profile that is high in monoterpenes and monoterpene alcohols, which contain uplifting and toning properties. If you would like to learn more about the chemical backgrounds of other aromatherapy oils, visit the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy page.


Key Ingredients

  • Peppermint Plant
  • Clementine Peel
  • Coriander Seed
  • Basil Herb
  • Yuzu Peel
  • Melissa Leaf
  • Rosemary Leaf
  • Vanilla Bean Absolute

Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

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DIY: Glass Cleanser

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Chemicals in cleaning supplies can be hazardous to your health and the environment. Take the risk out of household cleaners by making your own cleaners at home. They’re affordable, easy, eco-friendly, and more effective than store-bought cleaners.

 

Ingredients:
16-ounce spray bottle

1 1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup distilled water

8 drops of any citrus oil of your choice (could use Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, or a combination)

 

Directions:

Add vinegar, water, and essential oil(s) to spray bottle and shake. You are ready to clean!

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Recipe: Pork Ramen Stir Fry

Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes   Total time: 35 minutes

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1 1/2 lb pork loin roast, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp cornstarch

1″ piece ginger, peeled and sliced into rounds

3 tsp vegetable oil (can use EVO or canola)

8 oz. sliced shiitake mushrooms

1 c frozen broccoli, thawed

2 heads baby bok choy, sliced

1/4 c reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 Tbsp less-sodium soy sauce

1 tsp dark sesame oil

1 lb. zuccini noodles

3 scallions, sliced

4 soft-boiled eggs, for serving (can use hard boiled)

2 tsp sesame seeds for serving

4 tsp sliced nori (dried seaweed), for serving

1. TOSS together pork, cornstarch, and ginger.
2. HEAT 1 tsp of the vegetable oil in skillet over high. Cook pork, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 5 minutes. Set aside.
3. WIPE skillet clean and heat 1 tsp of the vegetable oil over high. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through, 4 minutes. Set aside.
4. WIPE skillet clean and heat remaining 1 tsp vegetable oil over high. Add corn and bok choy and cook until crisp-tender, 1 minute.
5. ADD pork, mushrooms, broth, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
6. COOK until heated through and slightly thickened, 1 minute.
7. REMOVE from heat and stir in noodles and scallions.
8. SERVE topped with eggs, nori, and sesame seeds.

NUTRITION (per serving) 396 cal, 47 g pro, 19 g carb, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugars, 15 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 464 mg sodium

Essential Oil Product Spotlight!

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doTERRA Forgive Product Description 
As one of the six doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy blends, the doTERRA Forgive essential oil blend offers an organic aid for overcoming a negative past and pressing forward into a bright future. Often, the process of overcoming difficult experiences, relationships, or feelings can prove to be a trying task, but living with emotions of hurt, anger, and sadness can also cause a splinter in your overall well-being that can fester with time. doTERRA Forgive oil is formulated with specific, natural ingredients that, when combined, act as an aid to those seeking to leave their negative or hurt feelings behind to experience the peace and joy that accompanies true forgiveness. When you incorporate the aromatic benefits of doTERRA Forgive into your journey of forgiveness, you’ll find a greater strength to press forward and leave the past in the past.


doTERRA Forgive Uses and Benefits

  1. The doTERRA Forgive essential oil blend promotes feelings of contentment, relief, and patience. If you are striving to feel these grounding emotions in your everyday life, apply doTERRA Forgive oil to your pulse point and heart throughout the day.
  2. Make time to meditate with doTERRA Forgive to help reduce negative emotions. Next time you begin a meditation, add one to two drops of doTERRA Forgive to the diffuser of your choice and diffuse. Because doTERRA Forgive oil can counteract emotions of guilt and anger, diffusing doTERRA Forgive will assist you in releasing these damaging emotions.
  3. If you are seeking the freeing feelings of forgiveness, then the doTERRA Forgive oil blend is a great oil to have on hand throughout the day. Having this essential oil blend nearby will help counteract negative emotions that may arise from undesirable situations.

Chemistry of doTERRA Forgive
The doTERRA Forgive essential oil blend uses a combination of tree and herb essential oils. This mixture of oils produces a diverse chemical profile that has a high concentration of monoterpene esters and alcohols. These chemicals help balance emotions in circumstances of frustration and stress. Additionally, essential oils such as Thyme oil and other tree oils produce the renewing and toning properties of doTERRA Forgive. Due to this scientific combination of oils, the chemical properties of doTERRA Forgive can assist in dissipating negative emotions while liberating the feelings of forgiveness. To learn more about the scientific backgrounds of doTERRA’s aromatherapy oils, visit the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy page.


Key Ingredients 

  • Spruce Leaf
  • Bergamot Peel
  • Juniper Berry Fruit
  • Myrrh Resin
  • Arborvitae Wood
  • Nootka Tree Wood
  • Thyme Leaf
  • Citronella Herb

Cautions
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

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These Five Common Mistakes are Messing Up Your Skin

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Skin feeling a little messed up lately? You’re probably doing one or more of five common mistakes that lead to breakouts or dry, irritated skin. Good news—they’re really easy to fix.

  1. Not Washing Your Cell Phone

You take your phone everywhere…yes, EVERYWHERE…and you’re constantly touching it to your face, holding it in your hands and setting it down on different surfaces. That means it’s a breeding ground for pathogenic (read: dangerous) bacteria that will harm not only harm your complexion and they’ll also make you sick.

Fix it: Use cell phone disinfecting wipes daily and clean the surface of your phone to prevent the spread of gross bacteria.

2. Hot Showers

Waking up or ending the day with a long, hot shower can feel relaxing, but it’s sucking the moisture from your skin. Just like the dry, desert air pulls moisture from your skin, extreme temps in the shower do the same. This simple action disrupts your skin’s natural balance, often leaving thirsty, ashy skin behind.

Fix it: Turn the shower handle back just a little bit and keep it cooler. Your skin will thank you!

3. Harsh Cleansers & Exfoliators

You wouldn’t take out window cleaner or bleach to scrub down your skin to feel “clean,” so why would you reach for chemical-based cleansers and exfoliators to do it? What you put on your skin goes into your skin—and you better believe it’s drying it out.

Fix it: Flip over that bottle of body wash and educate yourself about its ingredients. If you notice words like “phthalate” or “paraben,” it’s likely filled with risky chemicals that do more than just dry out your skin. Reach for gentle cleansers with natural ingredients.

4. Combining Multiple Products

Just like an experiment in science class, combining ingredients from different products can have surprising effects on your skin. Layering multiple active ingredients together can irritate your skin and cause breakouts, over drying and more.

Fix it: Stick with a consistent product line developed by the same company. Products are usually created to work together harmoniously and ensure you don’t experience adverse skin reactions. Be sure to educate yourself on the purity and efficacy of the skincare line.

5. Using the Same Wash Cloth

It may be convenient to reach for the same terrycloth every night for a week, but you’re depositing bacteria, dirt and makeup there every time. Translation: You’re wiping more bacteria onto your face as the week progresses.

Fix it: Toss that cloth in the wash and replace it each night. To remind yourself of how icky those cloths can get, consider using a white terry cloth. White doesn’t hide anything so it’ll serve as a daily reminder.

The moral of the story is this: Clean up these five common mistakes and you’re on your way to happier, healthier skin in no time!

 

Brought to you by Simply Beautiful ~ A Willing Beauty Team

Mandy Gaskill, Founding Beauty Advisor

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