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How Money And Technology Has Affected Addiction Rates

Though both money and technology were initially created to enrich and enhance society, it seems they have taken on another role entirely in the lives of many. Society has placed money and technology is such high regard that there are a plethora of negative consequences plaguing modern communities everywhere.

Money has created segregation and unrealistic expectation.

The age-old saying that “money is the root of all evil” is not entirely wrong. Money sets up a class in society, and classism sets up segregation. None of these concepts are enjoyable, to say the least.

When individuals are in a position of poverty, addiction is not usually far behind. Massive amounts of stress can build within a person when money is in short supply, causing some to act in a manner that is outside of their nature. Drug culture and poverty are close friends, and money is the driving force.

Technology has weakened our minds.  

Millennials have been showered with technology from every angle since birth. We use iPads and smartphones to supplement the babysitter. We ask Siri or Google for directions or definitions. People are not learning to retain information; they are learning to find it.

It seems like a splendid idea to have such a vast collection of easily available information at our fingertips, but it has stifled the younger generation’s ability to think critically and solve everyday challenges.

Affluenza drives popular culture.

Affluenza is an urban terminology for a “painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste, resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.” The need to create such a term speaks volumes about the current state of the world. Money rules over everything. Without it, we can not survive. Food, water, and shelter are all acquired through the means of the “mighty dollar.”

Society’s unrealistic expectations of men and women alike are driving people towards an altered reality called addiction. When a 12-hour shift is the only option for paying the bills, a mind-altering substance makes it easier for the moment. Desperation is the heart of addiction.

Technology poses a physical danger.

Technology is helpful when utilized responsibly. The key word in that sentence is “responsibly.” Who can define the parameters of responsible technology usage? One thing that can be said is that the way in which we use technology has caused numerous dependency and safety issues.
People are so dependent and addicted to their cell phones that there have to be commercial campaigns warning against such behaviors. There are so many gadgets and gizmos around that there are laws restricting the usage. Whole cultures are built around the internet and its capabilities. There needs to be a sense of balance between all of the things that SHOULD be positive forces to live a genuinely productive lifestyle.

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Leave The Legacy You Want With This End-Of-Life Checklist

A lifetime of hard work may have rewarded you with a nice home and hefty bank accounts, but what happens to all those assets once you’re gone?

Maybe you want everything to go to the kids. Perhaps a charity or a cause you champion should get a portion. And what happens if, before you die, your mental capacity diminishes and you can no longer make decisions for yourself?

Just thinking about your final wishes – or mentioning them to a close friend over coffee – isn’t enough.

“I believe too many people don’t do the proper planning to make sure that any wealth they’ve accumulated over the years ends up where they want it to,” says Jaime Cowper, president of Unity Financial Advisors (www.unityfinancialadvisors.net).

“Of course, that’s not going to cause any problems for the deceased because they’ll be gone. Those left behind, though, could end up feuding over property, paying more taxes than necessary, or just becoming stressed as they try to put together the puzzle pieces of your estate.”

But you don’t have to leave your heirs guessing about your intentions. Cowper suggests an estate-management checklist to make sure everything is in order.

And if you’re lacking with any item on the list, she says, a financial professional can help steer you in the right direction.

• A will. This is perhaps the best known document for letting your final wishes be known, yet it’s not as widely used as you might assume. Just 36 percent of American adults have a will, according to a Rocket Lawyer estate-planning survey by Harris Poll. If you don’t have one, it’s time to remedy that. “It’s especially important to have a will if you have minor children because you can use the will to name a guardian for them,” Cowper says.
• Healthcare documents. Like it or not, as you near the end of your life you could reach a point where you’re no longer capable of making medical decisions for yourself. The right documents can spell out your wishes for health care and you can also name someone to make the decisions for you if it comes to that. Documents you should consider include a living will, a power of attorney agreement and a durable power of attorney agreement for healthcare.
• Financial documents. Similar to the health situation, you can also outline your financial wishes and appoint someone to make financial decisions for you if you become unable to make decisions for yourself, Cowper says. Documents to consider include joint ownership, durable power of attorney, and living trusts.
• Beneficiary forms. In some cases, when you name a beneficiary for bank accounts and retirement plans, they automatically become “payable on death” to your beneficiaries. In other cases, you must fill out a form to make the accounts payable on death. Why is payable on death such an important distinction? The beneficiaries can get their money without the potential delays caused by probate.

Finally, make sure your heirs know where to find all of your important documents.
“When you’ve done all this planning, you don’t want to leave your heirs searching through closets, attics and dresser drawers in search of your important papers,” Cowper says. “You won’t be there to guide them, so someone should know exactly where to look.”

About Jaime Cowper

Jaime Cowper, president of Unity Financial Advisors (www.unityfinancialadvisors.net), is an Investment Advisor Representative under Alphastar Capital Management, an SEC Registered Investment Advisory Firm. She has a life and health insurance license with the states of Michigan, Florida, Hawaii, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada and Minnesota.

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35 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas For Busy People (Most take less than 5 minutes to prepare)


 

We’re always on the go. The industry in which we live and work in require us to be as time efficient as possible. The pressure and hassles of saving time has made us turn to the fastest way of doing virtually anything.

From spending money on things that make work easier to literally cutting time on leisure and investing the extra time for work. But all work and no play makes just about anyone a living zombie.

In our effort to make things faster, we have to make sure we don’t just cut corners. There are plenty of ways to increase the time you have and one of them is think ahead of time. Preparing the work for tomorrow today can be an effective means in not just giving yourself extra time but also in making sure you don’t drown in work should an unexpected event happen.

We at Health Ambition saw how most people aren’t eating breakfast anymore in an effort to save time but that’s not exactly healthy now is it? After all, breakfast is, if not the most, important meal of the day. Which led us to compiling not 5, not 10, not 15, but 35 quick and healthy breakfast meals for you to try.

These meals are guaranteed healthy, filling, and will definitely put the word “fast” back in breakfast.

1. 1-Minute Sausage & Cheese Omelet


via Go Grow Go

Seriously. This is as fast as it can get. Probably one of the go-to meals for those who are really in a hurry.

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 2 Tbsp fully cooked sausage crumbles or patty cut in pieces
  • 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese

Preparation

  1. Beat the egg and milk in a bowl until blended. Add sausage.
  2. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Push any uncooked eggs to the center of the bowl and cook for 15 seconds more.
  3. Keep cooking at 10 second intervals until the egg is cooked.
  4. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp of cheese. Fold omelet in half and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

3. Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole


egg-casserole

via Gimme Some Oven

Casserole for breakfast is about as meaty as breakfast can get.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Italian sausage (I prefer hot, but mild or sweet also work)
  • 1 medium white onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced (or 1 jar of roasted red peppers, drained and diced)
  • 6 eggs 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 (20 ounce) bag frozen hash browns, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper (optional topping: thinly sliced green onions)

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Add the sausage to a medium saute pan. Cook over medium-high heat until browned, crumbling the sausage with a spoon as it cooks.
  3. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of sausage grease in the saute pan, discarding the rest.
  4. Add the onion and red pepper* to the saute pan, and saute for 5 minutes until cooked. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes until fragrant. (If using the jarred roasted red peppers, wait to stir them until after the garlic.)
  5. Pour the vegetable mixture into the mixing bowl with the sausage. Add the hash browns and 1 1/2 cups cheese to the mixing bowl with the sausage and veggies.
  6. Stir to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and black pepper until combined. Then add them to the hashbrown mixture, and stir to combine.
  7. Pour the mixture into a baking dish, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  8. Then remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes and the top of the potatoes begin to slightly brown.
  9. Remove and let the casserole rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with green onions and serve!

4. Citrus Berry Smoothie


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If you can’t even chew your food, then just drink it. It’s filling and loaded with all sorts of nutritious fruits which can also perk you up.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup durian
  • 1 whole banana, peeled
  • 1 whole apple red or green, peeled or not peeled
  • a squeeze of lemon juice or kalamansi
  • a thickener, such as ice or yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup a liquid to help blending, such as milk, water or juice
  • 2-4 ounces a teaspoon of cinnamon or honey (optional)

Preparation

  1. Place all the ingredients into blender and blend high until creamy and thoroughly mix.

5. Sausage, Egg, And Cheese Sandwich


via Two Peas and Their Pods

No, this isn’t from McDonald’s but it certainly is healthier than what they usually serve.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pork sausage
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 4 English muffins, halved
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup

Preparation

  1. Form sausage into 4 patties. Cook in a large, non-stick sprayed skillet over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes a side, or until golden brown and crisp. Place sausage patties on a paper towel-lined plate to drain the grease.
  2. Drain fat from skillet then return to stove and turn heat down to medium. Whisk eggs, salt, and pepper in a bowl then pour into the skillet. Cook until top is nearly set but still glossy, then carefully fold eggs over in half. Remove from heat to finish cooking.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk butter until creamy and smooth. Stir in the maple syrup. Toast the English Muffins.
  4. To assemble: Spread 1 tablespoon of maple butter on English Muffin, both halves. Place 1 egg on the bottom of a English muffin then top with cooked sausage patty and slice of cheese. Microwave for 20-30 seconds to melt cheese then cap with English muffin top.
  5. Continue making other sandwiches. Serve immediately.

6. Microwave 1-Minute Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowl


via Incredible Egg

Easy and quick to eat, this light meal serves as a proper filler for people on the go.

Ingredients

  • 1 thin slice deli ham (1 ounce)
  • 1 EGG, beaten
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese

Preparation

  1. LINE the bottom of 8-oz ramekin or custard cup with ham slice, folding ham in half, if necessary. POUR egg over ham.
  2. MICROWAVE on HIGH 30 seconds; stir. MICROWAVE until egg is almost set, 15 to 30 seconds longer.
  3. TOP with cheese. SERVE immediately.

7. Bagel Gone Bananas


via Eating Well

Bananas are known to fill the stomach well. Match that with your favorite bagel and you have a quick but satisfying meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons natural nut butter, such as almond, cashew or peanut
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 whole-wheat bagel, split and toasted
  • 1 small banana, sliced

Preparation

  1. Stir together nut butter, honey and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Divide the mixture between bagel halves and top with banana slices.

8. Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie


via All Recipes

Oatmeal and berries go hand in hand. Blend both with bananas and you have a fine breakfast smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana, broken into chunks
  • 14 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar

Preparation

  1. In a blender, combine soy milk, oats, banana and strawberries. Add vanilla and sugar if desired.
  2. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.

9. Pineapple-Raspberry Parfaits


via Deliciously Sprinkled

The amount of ingredients + the simplicity of the process makes this quite a hearty meal for a smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (16 oz.) pineapple yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 can (1 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3/4 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1/3 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes

Preparation

  1. In a large bowl, mix pineapple yogurt, sugar, and ground cinnamon until combined.
  2. Spoon yogurt mixture into four small glasses or dishes.
  3. Top with pineapple, mandarin oranges, fresh raspberries, granola, and macadamia nuts.
  4. Sprinkle with coconut flakes and enjoy!

10. Raspberry-Avocado Smoothie


via All Women’s Talk

Avocados are known to be quite a good source of good cholesterol and are high in fat. This makes the avocado a prime choice as part of a quick yet filling meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 peeled and pitted
  • 3/4 cup of orange juice
  • 3/4 cup of raspberry juice
  • 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries

Preparation

  1. Place everything in the blender and blend until smooth.

11. Thermos-Ready Smoothie


via Eating Well

You can sip this one on the go!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup silken tofu

Preparation

  1. Combine berries, banana, apple juice and tofu in a blender; blend until smooth.

12. Easy Vegan Breakfast Tacos


via Minimalist Baker

Tofu and Tacos in the morning? Busy day, here I come!

Ingredients

  • TACOS 8 ounces firm tofu
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, sliced (or sub guacamole)
  • 1/2 cup salsa for serving (hot sauce also optional)
  • 1 lime sliced, for serving
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • Corn tortillas (2 per person)
  • TOFU SEASONING 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp salsa
  • 1 Tbsp water

Preparation

  1. Wrap tofu in a clean, absorbent towel and place something heavy on top, such as a cast iron skillet, while prepping toppings.
  2. Cook black beans in a small saucepan over medium heat until bubbly, then reduce heat to simmer and set aside.
  3. If unsalted/unseasoned, add a pinch of salt, cumin, chili powder and garlic powder. Add dry tofu spices + salsa to a small bowl and add enough water to make a pourable sauce. Set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and unwrap tofu. Use a fork to crumble.
  5. Once the pan is hot, add 1-2 Tbsp oil of choice and the tofu. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes to brown. Then add seasoning and toss to coat. Continue cooking until browned and fragrant – about 5-10 minutes – stirring frequently. Set aside.
  6. To serve, warm tortillas in the microwave wrapped in a damp paper towel or in a 250 degree oven (optional).
  7. Top tortillas with tofu scramble, black beans, onion, avocado, cilantro, salsa, fresh lime juice and pomegranate arils (or desired toppings).
  8. Serve immediately with the best breakfast potatoes or fruit.

13. Basil Pesto & 6 Minute Egg on Toast


via Camille Styles

It’s actually healthier to boil an egg that it is to fry it. Put that on top of your toast and you got yourself a good breakfast meal in under 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 2 slices bread, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto (or store-bought)
  • 4-5 fresh basil leaves
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Freshly Ground Pepper

Preparation

  1. Fill a small saucepan with water (enough to cover two eggs). Bring water to a boil. In the meantime, fill a medium mixing bowl with ice water, set aside.
  2. Once water is boiling, carefully drop in two eggs using a slotted spoon. Set your timer for 6 minutes.
  3. Cook eggs in boiling water for exactly 6 minutes – set your timer!
  4. Remove and carefully add to ice bath. Let sit for 2-3 minutes, before shelling.
  5. Spread pesto over sliced toast. Cut soft-boiled eggs in half and place over pesto toast.
  6. Top with fresh basil leaves, sea salt and fresh ground pepper.

14. Green Eggs and Ham Omelet


via Martha Stewart

Add color to your omelets with spinach!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups tightly packed curly- or flat-leaf spinach, trimmed and washed (3 ounces)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 2 thin slices deli ham

Preparation

  1. In a small nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon water over medium-high. Add spinach and cook, tossing, until completely wilted, about 1 minute.
  2. Transfer to a colander to drain, pressing out as much water as possible. Finely chop spinach; transfer to a medium bowl along with eggs.
  3. Whisk to combine and season with salt and pepper. Return skillet to heat and melt butter, tilting to coat pan; add egg mixture.
  4. Cook, stirring with a heatproof rubber spatula, until eggs begin to thicken, 30 seconds.
  5. With spatula, pull edges of omelet in toward center, tilting pan so uncooked eggs flow underneath.
  6. Cook until just set, 15 to 30 seconds. Arrange cheese and ham on top of omelet.
  7. With spatula, fold omelet in half. Transfer to a plate and serve immediately.

15. Carrot Spice Pancakes


via Mae Bells

Quick and healthy pancakes. It doesn’t get any better than that for a quick breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1¼ cup shredded carrot, packed
  • 1¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • ½ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg oil for frying

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend for 15-20 seconds. Blend until combined, be careful not to over mix.
  2. Heat a large skillet or griddle to medium heat, add about a teaspoon of oil to the skillet.
  3. Use a ¼ cup measuring cup or ice cream scoop to add the batter into your skillet.
  4. Wait 2-3 minutes or until you see little bubbles forming on your batter, flip pancake until other side is golden brown.
  5. Before you add a new batch to the skillet add oil again. Enjoy with warm honey or syrup.

16. The World’s Juiciest Veggie Burger


via Lorimer Street Kitchen

Who says burgers are exclusive for lunch? This early morning whopper is set to delight your senses in the fastest time possible.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup Quinoa
  • 1 1/3 Cups Water
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 pound Portobella Mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon Flax Meal
  • 1/2 cup chopped, cooked Beets
  • 2 teaspoons Olive Oil Coconut Oil
  • 10-12 Slider Rolls Tomato Slices

Preparation

  1. In a large pot, mix quinoa, water, lemon juice, paper, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and the reduce heat to medium – low, and cook for 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed.
  2. Stir with a fork to fluff and let cool until able to touch it. In a food processor mix mushrooms, quinoa, fresh parsley flax meal and an additional 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Blend until smooth with small chunks. Pour into a large bowl.
  4. Add beets and mash with a fork until full blended. Add olive oil and repeat.
  5. Heat a sauté pan with a small amount of coconut oil and heat on medium to medium high heat (oil should be lightly sizzling).
  6. Scoop out golf ball sized amounts of the mixture and place it on the pan.
  7. Using a spatula flatten patty, and let cook for 1-2 minutes, or until it begins to crisp. Flip, and repeat.
  8. Makes 10-12 patties. Garnish with tomato and place on toasted slider buns.

17. Brown Sugar Apple, Wheat Berry, & Yogurt Parfaits


via Pinch of Yum

Another delicious parfait which mixes apples and wheat berries.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup cooked wheat berries
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts
  • ¾ cup lowfat plain yogurt or Greek yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon flax seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Preparation

  1. Mix all ingredients together and serve immediately.

18. Healthy Homemade Granola Parfait


via Yummy Healthy Easy

A personal favorite, this healthy and scrumptious breakfast is for the health-savvy individual who needs a quick meal in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 6 c. uncooked old fashioned oats
  • 2 c. sliced almonds
  • 1 c. shredded coconut
  • 1 c. roasted and salted sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed (or more if you like it!)
  • 1 Tbsp. wheat germ (or more if you like it!)
  • ½ c. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 c. honey
  • Greek yogurt
  • raspberries
  • strawberries, sliced
  • chopped dark chocolate, optional

Preparation

  1. Mix first six ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt your coconut oil in a small bowl in the microwave (about 30 seconds to 1 minute). Add the honey and mix. Pour over oat mixture and stir.
  3. Pour on a cookie sheet and spread into an even layer. Bake at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes, then stir it and let bake for another 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. Let granola cool.
  5. Store in an airtight container.
  6. When ready to assemble, place yogurt in bottom of glass. Add a layer of granola, then chopped dark chocolate, then berries and repeat. Dig in and enjoy!

19. Simple Chia Pudding


via Simple Bites

Chia seeds have omega-3 infused in them. Combine that with vanilla, milk, and male syrup and you got yourself quite a sweet and healthy treat.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup white chia seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preparation

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a pint jar. Cover the jar with a lid and give it a vigorous shake.
  2. Chill for about an hour, then return to the jar and shake it up.
  3. Let chill for at least 4 hours and overnight is even better.
  4. Chia seeds will expand and turn into pudding the consistency of applesauce (it won’t get really thick).
  5. Serve cold with sliced fruit or toasted nuts on top.

20. Breakfast Popsicles


via Caramel Potatoes

This one requires to be prepared one night before but will surely have you smiling in the morning.

Ingredients

  • Yogurt
  • Fruit, thin sliced

Preparation

  1. Add a little yogurt to mold, slide fruit slices down the sides if you want them to show and look pretty.
  2. Add more yogurt and them more fruit until mold is full.
  3. Unmold and serve with granola if desired.

21. Freezer-Friendly Greens & Tofu Scramble Wrap


via Oh My Veggies

Get this ready in the freezer and you can have a quick breakfast wrap in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 14 oz. firm tofu, pressed for at least 30 minutes then crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed & caps thinly sliced
  • 3 c. torn kale, spinach, or chard leaves, tough stems removed
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 6 medium whole wheat tortillas

Preparation

  1. Combine tofu, nutritional yeast, turmeric, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5-6 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and cook 2 minutes more.
  3. Stir in greens and tofu. Continue to cook, stirring often, until greens have wilted, 2-5 minutes. Divide greens and tofu onto each tortilla and fold like a burrito.
  4. To freeze, wrap tightly in a layer of plastic wrap and place wraps in freezer bag.
  5. To reheat, remove plastic and loosely wrap in paper towel. Microwave for about 1 minute on each side. If center is still cold, continue to microwave for 15 seconds at a time until heated through.

22. Back On Track Green Monster


via Oh She Glows

Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables out there so it’s a good idea to get yourself a good serving of the vegetable on a daily basis.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 large Gala apple (or other sweet apple), roughly chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • Maple syrup, to taste
  • 4-5 Ice cubes
  • Protein powder, optional

Preparation

  1. Place all ingredients except maple syrup and ice into a high-speed blender and blend on high until very smooth.
  2. Blend in ice and maple syrup to taste.

23. Ricotta and Honey Sandwich


via Saveur

Haven’t had a tasty ricotta in the morning before? Then check this one out!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices oat bread or oatmeal bread
  • 3 tbsp. ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp. sourwood honey
  • 1⁄4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Preparation

  1. Lightly toast oat bread until just golden.
  2. Spread one slice with ricotta, drizzle with honey, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, and top with remaining slice of bread.

24. Quinoa Granola Bars


via Honestly Yum

Quinoa is one of the healthiest grains to date. And studies back that up quite well. Why not eat a good serving before you leave for work?

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup of coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and dried
  • 1/2 cup flax seeds
  • Flake sea salt to taste

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toast quinoa and oats in a pan over medium high heat until fragrant.
  3. Allow to cool and combine with cashew, almonds, coconut flakes, dried cherries, and flax seeds. In a small sauce pan, combine the honey, maple syrup, almond butter and coconut oil and heat until hot and melted.
  4. Pour into the bowl of ingredients and fold to coat evenly.
  5. Line a 9 1/2 x 13 1/2 pan with parchment paper. Pour mixture into pan and flatten with the back of a wooden spoon to spread evenly.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are toasted. Sprinkle the tops with a little sea salt.
  7. Allow to cool entirely. Cut into rectangles. And if you’d like, dip the bottoms in some melted dark chocolate.

25. Peanut Butter & Berry Energy Wrap


via PPBC

You can’t really go wrong with a meal with peanut butter as an ingredient.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole grain tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  • 1 handful of berries (blueberries, raspberries, etc.) sliced almonds or crushed walnuts to sprinkle on top
  • ground cinnamon (optional)
  • agave syrup (optional)

Preparation

  1. Lightly spread about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter on the tortilla and top with banana slices, berries, nuts and cinnamon.
  2. Lightly drizzle some agave syrup over all the ingredients if you want more sweetness. Roll up into a wrap or burrito.
  3. Enjoy with a glass of cold almond milk.

26. Healthy Morning Muffins


via Martha Stewart

Requires a bit of preparation but it’s worth as try as this will definitely be both delectable and portable.

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 4 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium ripe banana, mashed

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt until there are no lumps. Stir in oats and raisins. Add oil, egg, milk, carrots, and banana and stir until blended.
  4. Fill each muffin cup with 1/4 cup batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes.
  5. Serve muffins warm or at room temperature.

27. Better Bacon-Egg-And-Cheese Sandwich


via Martha Srewart

Bacon and eggs are staple foods when it comes to breakfast meals. Have a good serving in the morning and you know you’re good to go.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices Canadian bacon
  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread, toasted
  • 1 large egg plus
  • 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh goat cheese

Preparation

  1. In a medium nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium until warmed through, 2 minutes.
  2. Transfer bacon to 1 slice toast. Season eggs with salt and pepper; add to skillet and cook until set around edge, about 2 minutes.
  3. Flip and cook 30 seconds. Fold into quarters and place on bacon; top with tomato and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread goat cheese on remaining toast, and sandwich.

28. Apple Peanut Butter Sandwich


via Cooking Stoned

Apples and Peanut Butter may not seem like a good pair…until you taste this!

Ingredients

  • 2 small apples
  • ¼ Cup Peanut Butter
  • 1/8 Cup chopped pistachios
  • 1 Tablespoon dried currants

Preparation

  1. You can use any sorta apple here. If I was making a bunch of these, I would probably mix it up for variety, and you might want to adjust the ingredients accordingly.
  2. Trim the bottoms so the two apples sit flat and then cut them into three thick slices, leaving the top and stem intact. If you are serving this much later than when you prepare them, coat the slices with a bit of lemon juice to prevent browning.
  3. You are going to smear about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto each non-stemmed slice.
  4. Add the chopped pistachios to the bottom layer. Now continue with the currants on the next layer.
  5. Top it off! Enjoy!

29. Avocado Smoothie


via Martha Stewart

Some say avocados were meant to be blended into a smoothie. Maybe they’re right as this smoothie makes use of a lot of avocados and it just tastes great!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup avocado
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey Ginger
  • 1 cup ripe mango
  • 1 cup ice Soaked chia seeds (optional)

Preparation

  1. For a lusciously creamy smoothie, blend avocado (full of healthy fats and potassium) with lemon juice, honey, ginger, mango and ice.
  2. Extra credit: Stir in soaked chia seeds for an omega-3 boost.

30. Four-Ingredient Banana Oat Bars


via The Kitchn

It really is just 4 ingredients but you’ll feel quite full despite its small size.

Ingredients

  • 2 large, very ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pitted, chopped dried dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts — such as walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecans
  • Grated nutmeg or cinnamon (optional)

Preparation

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F and lightly grease a 9-x9-inch square baking dish with olive oil or butter.
  2. Peel the bananas and mash their flesh in a medium mixing bowl. Mash very thoroughly until no large chunks remain; the bananas should be essentially liquid. (You will have between 1 cup and 1 1/4 cup.)
  3. Stir in the vanilla, if using. Add the oats and stir them in. Stir in the salt, dates, and nuts. Pat the thick mixture evenly into the baking pan. If desired, sprinkle the top lightly with nutmeg or cinnamon.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the edges just begin to crisp up. Place the baking pan on a rack to cool.
  5. When the pan is mostly cool, cut into bars and enjoy with a glass of milk or tea.
  6. Store leftover bars at room temperature. They will keep for about 5 days.

31. Kale and Sweet Potato Breakfast Burrito


via Veggie Fixation

Sweet Potatoes are a good source of complex carbohydrates. Combined with a super food like Kale, this one will definitely make you healthy in the morning.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced
  • 1 small bunch kale, stems removed, chopped
  • 1 Cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 Cup cooked lentils
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite herb blend (rosemary, basil, thyme, etc)
  • 1 small avocado, or 1/4 Cup hummus
  • 2 brown rice tortillas

Preparation

  1. In a large sauce pan fitted with a steamer basket, arrange sweet potatoes. Steam, covered, over medium low heat for about 5 minutes. Add kale.
  2. Steam another 3 -5 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft and easily pierced with a fork. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Mix in kale and sweet potatoes. This is your filling.
  4. Heat brown rice tortillas, one at a time, in a skillet, or toaster oven, just long enough for it to become warm and pliable, but not crispy or crunchy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board or large plate.
  5. Spread 1/2 of the avocado over the tortilla, smashing to distribute evenly. If desired, sprinkle with salt or spritz with lemon juice. Alternately, spread half of the hummus in the same manner. Or, if you really want to shake things up, use hummus and avocado!
  6. Spoon about 1 cup of the filling near the bottom center of the tortilla, allowing about an inch from the edge.
  7. Fold the sides in, then roll tightly from the bottom up, pushing in any filling that tries to escape.
  8. With the flap facing down, cut the wrap on an angle. Repeat the whole process with the second tortilla. Arrange on plates and serve.

32. PB + J Yogurt


via Skinny Taste

Probably one of the simplest recipes in our list. This makes use of everyone’s favorite peanut butter and jelly mix.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz fat free plain Chobani
  • 4 tsp reduced sugar grape jelly
  • 2 tbsp red seedless grapes, cut in half
  • 1 tbsp reduced-fat peanut butter
  • 1 tsp unsalted peanuts

Preparation

  1. Place the yogurt in a bowl. Top with jelly, then peanut butter.
  2. Sprinkle peanuts and grapes and grab a spoon!

33. Banana Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding


via The Suburban Soapbox

The thing about chia seeds is that you can mix them virtually with any other sweet ingredient and it will come out just fine.

Ingredients

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups low fat milk
  • 1/2 cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds

Preparation

  1. In a blender, puree the banana, milk and peanut butter. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the chia seeds.
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight. Stir the mixture before serving.

34. Mocha-Banana Breakfast Smoothie


via Foxes Love Lemons

Coffee lovers out there will appreciate this little dish of surprises.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup plus 1/2 cup almond milk, divided
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup vanilla or plain yogurt
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1 cup ice

Preparation

  1. In small bowl or jar, stir together oats and 1 cup almond milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In blender, combine oat mixture, remaining 1/2 cup almond milk, banana, yogurt, cocoa powder and espresso powder and blend until smooth. Add ice and blend until smooth.

35. Vegan Breakfast Sandwich


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This can’t get any vegan than it already sounds.

Ingredients

  • 1 English muffin
  • 2 Tbsp soy vegan sausage, pressed into a round patty
  • 3 thin slices of bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp vegan shredded cheese,
  • 1 tsp harissa or hot sauce (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp vegan butter
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or jam (berry is best!)
  • pinch of black pepper
  • extra virgin olive oil for coating patty
  • other optional toppings: greens like spinach, sliced mushrooms…

Preparation

  1. Grab all you ingredients out of the fridge. Stick your English muffin – uncut under the grill press for 45 seconds while you arrange your ingredients.
  2. Slice off 2 Tbsp of the vegan sausage (you know the kind that comes in the thick tube) and hand-press a nice patty. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can even press some diced onion into the patty as well.
  3. Rub the paty in a very light amount of EVOO and place it on the heated grill. Remove your English muffins and press the panini grill shut – or cover your stove top skillet with a heavy spatula or foil. You want it to cool through in just under 2 minutes.
  4. Thinner patties cook in a flash. Slice open your English Muffin and place the open faced ends back on the grill while you prep your veggies. Rub some sliced pepper in a bit of EVOO and place it on the grill as well.
  5. Close panini lid and allow the vegan sausage, peppers and bread to grill for another minute. After a minute, lift lid and observe doneness. Pull anything that looks very done. Otherwise turn off panini press and close to keep heated.
  6. Grab your cheese and sprinkle it right over top the patties – still on grill. Then place the sizzling hot peppers right on top of the cheese so that it creates a hot barrier – and close the panini press one more time. Yes, the panini press/grill is on off – but there will be enough heat from the grill and peppers to melt the cheese.
  7. Grab your English Muffin and spread 1 tsp buttery spread on one side – the maple syrup and/or jam on the other.
  8. Start building your sandwich: Muffin, patty (with cheese and peppers), layer your fresh spinach on top of that (and optional harissa) then close with top half of muffin. Slice. Serve!

Conclusion

The list we prepared are catered to those who simply want a grab-n-go kind of deal with breakfast. You can choose to prepare them the night before or take them to work with you. They’re amazing simple to make and most barely take more than 5 minutes to concoct. What’s better is that they’re all healthy and will give you more than a boost throughout your day.

if you tried a few of our select samples, do give us a feedback in the comments section.

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Looking for a Career? Combine the Roads of Money and Technology

The career search is a lifelong activity. From the time you’re old enough to drive and are looking to graduate from high school and move into the adult world, the job hunt is going to be a pressing concern. And two factors that are very important in that search will involve the topics of money and technology.

Technology is the mainstay of modern life, so the more you know about it, the more money you can make. If that sounds like an oversimplification, it’s really not. Just like learning skills in the Industrial Age allowed more cash flow, learning digital skills is going to take you to the next level now. Consider the follow sources of inspiration in this direction.

Find Career Pages

For a direct route to look into tech-savvy careers, simply find companies that have career pages listed. This will skip some of the steps that come along with college-style information, and instead of giving you information first and then pointing to a career later, this method will start with the career, and work backward informatively in order for you to see what you need to learn to get there.

Subscribe To Learning Services

It’s hard for more dogmatic college courses to keep up with technology, so if you want a shortcut to get the knowledge for less money (in order to make more money, though!), consider signing up for online learning sites. The absolute latest information about a ton of new technologies will be presented to you in an easy to follow format by some of the best teachers in the world. And you can move through them all at your own pace, generally for a very reasonable subscription fee, or possibly even free.

Pick Your Pay-grade

People can follow their passion to be whatever they want professionally, only to find out later that it doesn’t make that much money, or it’s so competitive that they can’t get a job in the field. To avoid this, research good paying jobs in advance, and then pick one from that short list.

The Future Is Unknown

And the thing about technology and progress that comes from it with respect to career fields, is that no one has a crystal ball. You can look and trends and data, and learn as much as you can about topics as you plan your career path, but you also need to be flexible and able to adapt as the world around you changes.

Where Does Happiness Fit?

And money doesn’t always equate directly to happiness, keep in mind. So even if you want to make sure that your use of technology leads you to the desired cash flow, make sure that you aren’t getting so caught up that you’re miserable with your decisions either.

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Using Money and Technology For Positive Social Promotions

It’s obvious that money and technology are intimately related, especially these days. But one thing that sets certain aspects of culture apart nowadays is if the people that exist at that intersection between progress and finances, use their clout for positive social promotions as well.

Consider for a moment some of the names in the crowd so far as business and charity work go, how some people are choosing to adjust for income inequality, where money comes from in the social work, why it’s smart to analyze information about information, and how some people bring attention to their tech projects through the use of charity work.

Business Faces In the Crowd

Mainstream business owners have a stake in pushing for the good of humanity by using their resources. Consider heavy hitters like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, and then think about the army of people just below that tier like Guy Kawasaki and Brad Nierenberg. Lots of positive social pressure is created from folks in executive position because there are people who simply feel like that is the right thing to do.

Adjusting For Income Inequality

One of the primary reasons that business owners who understand the value of money and technology together promote positive social constructs is because they believe in adjusting for income inequality. Lots of people work hard at different things. Not all of them make the same amount of money in the same amount of time. It isn’t necessarily fair, but that’s how things work, and why  people who do have extra money and understand long-term benefits will often subtly move their money into positive social projects.

Money Comes From Social Tech Now

Another reason that a lot of money and tech companies promote social progress is because their money came from the idea of social progress in the first place. Social media is one of the driving forces of billions of lives around the world, and so sometimes, the social media gurus want to give back to the people who are using their technology.

Analyzing the Information About Information Phenomenon

Money and technology also get together in order to compile information about information. And the next generation of technology will go even further into that mess and get information one level down. The reason that this is important is because with enough data, and with enough understanding of trends on a technical level, many of humanity’s social ills actually have a fighting chance of being cured.

Gaining Attention Through Charity Work for Projects

And finally, many people work this equation backward by starting out with the idea of social charity, and using that as a way to get people to look at their products or services. This can be a very effective tool to get your brand out there, because people tend to immediately trust a person who is obviously being charitable.

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How To Start Saving Now For Your Retirement

If you want to actually retire, and have money when you do it, you need to start saving now (hopefully you’re in your twenties and reading this, but if not it’s still not too late). Many people these days have no hope of retiring because they didn’t plan ahead or they’ve been working freelance jobs and not saving money on their own. If you don’t want to be forced to work until the day that you die just to have money to live, you need to take these steps.

Put A Little Money Away Every Payday

Even if you simply have an annuity from the death of your rich great-great grandma, and that is enough for you to live off of, you should still put some of it into a savings account or invest some of it to get into at a later date when you’re no longer able to work for a living. From saving money on a yearly basis to saving some from a weekly paycheck, the only way to build a nest egg is to save.

Even if you live paycheck to paycheck you can still manage to put some money away out of each of those paychecks. $20 a week over a ten year period will give you more than ten thousand dollars in savings. Imagine if you put that much away, or more when you had it, for fifty years?

Invest Some Money

If your job offers a 401K do it. That money can add up over time, especially if you work with that employer for awhile, it can also go with you to new jobs if need be. If you take an early leave from that job you might even look into transferring it into an IRA.

There are other ways to invest as well. Talk to a professional about getting yourself set up with an investment portfolio and you’ll be on your way to a cushy retirement in no time. The point is that most people want to enjoy retirement and travel once they no longer have to work, not be stuck at home poor!

Curb Your Spending

One more thing that can greatly help you start saving for retirement is to start spending more wisely. You’ll have more money to put away if you start only buying the things that you need in order to live. You need clothing, but not so much that it fills three closets!

Spend thrifty, by buying stuff on sale or on clearance, but don’t just buy it because it’s cheap if you don’t really need it. Go through the stuff you do have and if it doesn’t serve a purpose in your life consider selling it, then put that money away toward your retirement savings as well.

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Simple Ways Tech Can Save You Money Around the House

Technology has certainly made life easier in many ways, but people often don’t consider how tech tricks can also save money.

Keep reading to learn practical tech can save you money around the house.

1. Swap Cable TV for Netflix

Statistics show that the average monthly cable bill is over $100, and they’ve been rising steadily. If you’re looking for a way to cut costs, and cable is currently your sole method of watching TV and movies, consider canceling your subscription all together and going with Netflix instead.

The streaming provider offers subscriptions starting at $7.99 per month, plus you can take a free trial to browse the types of things available to watch on the website. Recently, Netflix has also made select movies and shows available to download and watch later without an internet connection.

2. Get Rewarded for Scanning Grocery Receipts

Manufacturers and marketers are understandably eager to learn as much as possible about the things people purchase. There are now numerous apps that provide that information, and they reward participants for disclosing it. By downloading an app that gives you money for scanning your receipts, you could have more money in your bank account just by using your smartphone to take a quick snapshot.

3. Figure out Your Energy Consumption Habits

Before upgrading to new energy-efficient systems, many businesses do careful cost-benefit studies and verify the amount of energy currently consumed. You can take the same approach to find your baseline energy cost and determine which appliances in your home use the most energy.

EvoEnergy is one example of an easy-to-use energy consumption app. It can track the amount of energy you use per month, day or hour, allowing you to see if certain appliances in your home cause you to have a higher-than-necessary electric bill. After reviewing the data and making positive changes, you can keep referring back to the app to see if you’re achieving your goal.

4. Use an Energy-Saving Power Strip

If your household always needs to charge phones, keep electricity flowing to the TV and have an available outlet to plug in the Wi-Fi router, you probably have at least one power strip lying around. If the one you own is a standard version, think about upgrading to a kind that helps you save energy by preventing devices from constantly consuming electricity.

Belkin makes a high-tech power strip that can tell when your TV — or anything else plugged into it — is off. As soon as the television is no longer in use, it cuts the power to that appliance, plus several other devices plugged in as well. Take a look at your energy consumption analysis. Are some of the things that require the most energy are devices you only use during limited periods of the day? Then plug them into the power strip so they only take electricity during active usage.

5. Download Apps to see Deals and do Price Comparisons

It’s extremely frustrating to buy something and then find out a day or so later you could have gotten it for cheaper by using a coupon or taking advantage of a special offer. If you encounter that situation a lot, consider downloading one of the many apps that let you search for deals and do price comparisons. Websites ranging from Amazon to RetailMeNot offer apps that put discounts at your fingertips, which could make it so you never again pay too much for household goods.

These suggestions prove that saving money around the house doesn’t take a lot of time or effort. It just involves making use of technology to slash spending and make it easier to find ways to save, or even earn, money.

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