Category Archives: Breakfast

Yummy Morning Smoothie 

Currently my favourite morning smoothie. I love it especially after working out, the texture is creamy, it’s cold, and it tastes delicious!

It’s kind of like your peanut butter and banana toast… but healthier and no bread!

You can use any protein powder that you wish, probably chocolate would make it divineeeee. My protein powder is a blend of Peruvian natural supplements (maca, quinoa, algarrobina, cocoa).

Ingredients:

2 bananas
lots of ice
1 cup of milk
1 tbsp peanut butter
2 scoops of Maca protein powder by Be Natural
Maple syrup or honey (to taste)
1/4cup of cold coffee (optional)

Instructions:

Place all the ingredients in a blender.

Blend and enjoy!

Maple-Almond-Coco Granola

It’s funny because people seem to think that making your own granola is much more complicated than it actually is.

However, it is healthier than any store bought granola and you can add in whatever you like!

So here is an easy granola you can make at home:

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped almonds
1/4 cup flaxseed
1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 350F/176C.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and then mix in the maple syrup an almond extract.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and combine well.
  5. Place the granola on a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes, then mix the granola and cook it for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove and let cool.
  8. Enjoy with your favourite fruits, yogurt, milk, pancakes, etc!

Green Energy Smoothie 

So I got my wisdom teeth pulled out… And that was something. Jaw bruises, stitches, and all that comes with it. I only got one out at a time because they were both the bottom teeth that needed to come out. Well that was double the annoyance of dealing with post-tooth extraction. Oh and translating a cookbook at the same time, which was only tempting ahaha.

BUT!

What did make it better, was the yummy smoothies I had to make and drink with a straw (hihihi). I had to get creative and make smoothies that were not only delicious, but also that were filling and nutritious.

Green Energy Smoothie
Yields: 2 extra large glasses

Ingredients: 

2 handfuls spinach
1 banana
1/3 cup strawberries
1/3 cup pineapple
1/3 cup mango
1 scoop protein powder of your choice
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 1/2 cup of coconut water (or milk, or water, or orange juice)

Steps:

Blend all the fruits and vegetables with the liquid until smooth . You may also add ice if you like your smoothies very cold.

Sprinkle with chia seeds and coconut flakes.

Enjoy!

Notes:
I never add a sweetener to my juices or smoothies. However, maple syrup, honey, or agave are all good and healthy alternatives.

Easy Peasy French Toast

I woke up this morning with one thing on my mind: French Toast.
The classic recipe is perfect for a yummy Sunday morning. What’s even better? It is so easy, that anyone can make it!
This 3 ingredient French Toast recipe is always a hit and you can serve it with: powdered sugar, honey, fresh fruit, or maple syrup (like any Canadian will understand, it has to be the real stuff!).
When I traveled to the south of France, they would add orange essence and serve it with powdered sugar, it was very delicious!

Ingredients:
4 eggs
3/4 cup of milk
cinnamon (to taste)
Bread

Steps:
1) Beat eggs, milk and cinnamon.
2) Melt butter in a large pan
3) Soak bread into egg mixture and put it into the pan
4) Make sure both sides are golden

See? Easy, Peasy!
And Enjoy!

Mini Quiches

So my fiancé needed to loose 2kilos (about 4.5lbs) for an ultramarathon he is running next month, and one thing he decided to reduce was gluten. He can have pasta or bread but moderate portions and preferably once a day. The only meal I started worrying about was breakfast… But then I found this recipe from manilaspoon.com 

It is so fast and easy, it can be made in advance and just reheated in the morning, and it has no gluten!

Ingredients:

Olive oil (for cooking)
1 package of spinach (10oz or 284g)
4-5 eggs
1 cup of cheese (of your choice, or combination of cheeses)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a pan, and saute the mushrooms until they are soft (5mins) and set the mushrooms aside. In the same pan, add some water and cook the spinach until it is soft and a darker shade of green.  Drain the water very well from the spinach (especially if it was frozen).

In a bowl, whisk the eggs very well, add the cheese, salt and pepper, and the spinach and mushrooms. Mix all the ingredients and pour them in muffins cups.

Bake for approximately 20mins at 375F or 190C or until the eggs are well set. You can also use a toothpick to check the middle.

When ready, take them out and wait a few minutes before removing the mini quiches. They come out really easily, no need to spray the muffin cups beforehand!

I also made these with mushrooms and red peppers, and added a little red pepper flakes to spice it up!

Enjoy!!

P.S. I also made a mushroom and red pepper version which turned out delicious!

Tropical Oatmeal

So this is my new favourite, summer-tropical, oatmeal. It is easy, fast and delicious!

All you need is:

1/2 cup of instant oats
hot water (or milk)
Maple syrup (or honey)
Mango and/or pineapple (cut into small pieces)
Banana
1 tablespoon of shredded Coconut
1 teaspoon Chia seeds

Add boiling water to oats, stir for 2 minutes, add maple syrup, banana, fruits and top with coconut and chia seeds.

Voilà!

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