Category: Life

Bonus Post!

Happy Tuesday! It’s not often I post on Tuesdays, but today is special! I’ve got a guest post up at AllThingsErinLeigh! If you’ll remember this post, Erin is a neighbour of mine and she is such a wonderful person!

Erin hosts a really neat mini series at her blog called “Do, Try, Buy” where she invites friends and other bloggers to share their favourite things to Do, Try and Buy. Today she posted my Do, Try Buy! You can check out the post here– and look around her blog while you’re there!

What To Cook Wednesday: Guest Post by Erin of AllThingsErinLeigh

Erin, her husband Adam, and ADORABLE dog Oliver are my real-life neighbours! They are fantastic people and I asked Erin if she would be interested in sharing some of her favorite breakfasts on the blog! She quickly agreed and I’m so excited to share them with you today! Erin also blogs over at AllThingsErinLeigh– which is the perfect reflection of her personality. You can also find Erin Instagraming and making YouTube Videos!  

Keep reading for Erin’s go-to breakfasts! 

Breakfast is one of my favourite meals because it sets me up for a successful day of eating. Although I don’t have a lot of time in the mornings, I like to make my first meal meaningful. So I look for food that will provide me with healthy nutrition, flavor and keep me going until my mid morning snack.  Here are 3 easy meals I use to kick start my day.

MEAL 1: OATMEAL 
Ever since I was a little girl, oatmeal has been a special treat for me. We grew up living 7 hours from our grandparents so visits with them were always extra special. While visiting, my grandfather would always treat me to breakfast. The catch, I’d have to rise before the sun… and as a young kid not even the best cartoons could get me up that early. But my Grampy Wendell made the best oatmeal and only those willing to emerge from their dreams got to share in the hot steaming breakfast. To be fair I was always given a wake up call, Grampy would come into my room, grab my toes and wiggle them.  It was then up to me to shake the blankets, rise and make the most of my day. I’m not going to lie, I went back to bed after breakfast with Grampy many times but the oatmeal and special time with just him always got me up.

Over the years this simple meal always reminds me of those times and him telling me “oatmeal is good for you as it sticks to your heart and keeps you warm”. I’ve learned that although it might not “stick to my insides” is keeps me full for a long time and is nutritious. I only use steel cut oats (see picture) as they provide the best health benefits.  I mix up what I add to it fruit wise and either include a little brown sugar for flavor or maple syrup.  Steel cut oats take approximately 20 minutes to cook so while I’m waiting and stirring I tend to pack my lunch and gym bag (if not already packed the night before).

         

MEAL 2: AVACADO ON TOAST 
I can’t get enough of avocado. I also love grainy bread (the more nutty the better) and enjoy pairing these two together. So here you have it, meal number 2: Avocado on toast! Sometimes I pit the avocado and then slice it up and add it to the toast but lately I’m been mashing it up and adding seasoning to give it some extra flavor. Then I spread the goodness all over the toast and enjoy. This literally takes 5 minutes and is a great go to meal when you are in a rush. Remember to have extra avocados on hand for days when you are running behind. Also, avocados are rich in healthy fats, which keep you full and satisfied.

MEAL 3: POWER SMOOTHIE 
And thirdly is a power smoothie. I’m an add everything but the kitchen sink kinda girl when it comes to packing a punch with my smoothies. As a vegetarian I love and live off of fruits and vegetables and rely on smoothies to finish out the life of my food. Just the other day I had bought a fruit tray on sale (50% off… bonus) but it’s days were numbered so I gathered all the remaining fruit, honeydew, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and cantaloupe and made one of the best smoothies ever! It was delicious. Because I choose not to eat meat I have to look for other ways to get protein and B12, greek yogurt serves up my needs so I usually add 3-4 tbsps to my smoothies to cover those bases. I’ll add 1 ½ tps of flaxseed for extra fiber and the rest is a mix of veggies and fruit. Some of my go to ingredients are: blueberries, strawberries, kale, banana, pineapple, mango, spinach, oranges and raspberries. Summer is a great time to try new fruits and add them to your breakfast for flavor. The smoothie pictured has, watermelon, pineapple, plain greek yogurt and flaxseed. Mix it up, find your desired flavor and don’t be scared to venture out. Ginger and lemon are some of my go to add-ons when I feel ill or a cold coming on.

   

 

So there are 3 breakfasts I continually rotate. Knowing they are all healthy really sets me up for a great day of continued success. I’d love to hear what you look forward to eating first thing in the morning and whether or not you will be trying one of these suggestions.
If you’d like to check out Erin’s own blog, you can visit her at: AllThingsErinLeigh