Category Archives: Breakfast

Come on Summer

I don’t know about the rest of Canada, but the weather here in Prince George hasn’t been too promising.. Yesterday morning I woke up to blue skies and sunshine. I thought it would have been at least a little warmer outside, but it was still sitting at 0 and didn’t get above 2 degrees all day. I want to be able to go for long walks, runs, wear shorts, sit outside and read and go on picnics. It even snowed last weekend!

Besides complaining about the weather, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking. I also ordered Meghan Telpner’s new book, Undiet. I made the granola recipe found in the book the day I got it. It turned out awesome! I had some last night with some goat’s yogurt. So far this book has been great and very interesting – it’s hard to put it down! I would especially recommend it to anyone that is looking to clean up their diet. Her story about overcoming her diagnosis of Crohn’s is very inspiring and motivating. It shows just how powerful food and a clear mind could be.

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Besides that I’ve made Jamaican Jerked Chicken, which turned out good, but I want to perfect the recipe before I post it. I’ve made Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies and I’ve also been eating a lot of colourful salads!

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If you seen on Instagram, I also baked a cake. It’s a Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing. It was at my boyfriend’s request, and I can tell you that there is nothing healthy about it. However, it turned out great and I happily enjoyed a piece. There is a bakery in Vancouver called Edible Flours that makes the most amazing gluten-free (as well as egg and soy-free) cakes and pastries. They make donuts there that are to die for too!

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I enjoy decorating cakes, what can I say? Well that’s it for today. It’s beautiful again outside, so I’m going to take the dogs out for a walk. I definitely miss the 30+ degree weather in Jamaica!

Homemade Bars and Weekend Fun

Can’t believe the long weekend is over already. I was off work for most of it minus Sunday. I’ve done a lot of visiting and running around, and some relaxing of course.

On Saturday I was in a cooking mood, so I made homemade granola bars. I got the recipe from Oh She Glows. I can’t even tell you how many recipes I end up trying from her site. I made an AMAZING avocado chocolate pudding from her site as well. It’s definitely my go-to site.

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The only thing I did differently in this recipe is that I added 2 tablespoons of hemp and chia seeds. I’ve been bringing them in my lunch!

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You definitely need to try this recipe – OMG. It’s so decadent, delicious and healthy! I’ve made it before, but this recipe OWNS every one I’ve ever tried.

I also did a lot of juicing on the weekend too. One day, I juiced a pineapple and had some of it with coconut milk. It was like a pina colada! It almost felt like I was in Jamaica again.

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I also did some more indulging. It’s been a while since I bought this ice cream. I’m not sure why because it’s delicious!!

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It was a great weekend, and I’m happy to say that Josh is finally home after 2 weeks. I’m one happy lady right now! Oh and before I forget, here is a picture of our niece, Kori, in her Jolly Jumper. I can’t get over how fast she is growing and changing. I can’t wait to see our other 2 nieces Hannah and soon-to-be-born Kylee in May.

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Have a great day!!

What a Good Friday

Happy Good Friday. I’m off today which is nice, although, I was hoping to get called in for the extra pay. It’s absolutely beautiful outside today – Spring is finally here! I’m hoping to go for a walk and enjoy the gorgeous weather.

This weekend I’m house sitting for some family. They have a beautiful house close to downtown and she has everything I could possibly want/need in her kitchen. This morning I woke up and made myself a juice. I have a juicer at home, but it was nice to not have to bring it over here.

Last night I had been looking up some breakfast recipes. I came across a website that had a ton of gluten-free pancake recipes that looked delicious. I decided to make Banana Rice Flour Pancakes. They turned out great. I spread a little bit of coconut oil, with a drizzle of agave and then sprinkled them shredded coconut on top. I got the recipe from this site.

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There is also an espresso machine here. I asked Josh if we could get one when we get home. I told him it would save us money as we get Starbucks every now and then (and you know how expensive that gets). Plus, I don’t drink a lot of dairy and I don’t like drinking soy. So, this morning I made myself and almond milk latte, and I’m enjoying it as I write this post!

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That’s all I have for today as I have to go get ready. I’m going to take our niece, Kori, for a walk. Looking forward to some exercise and quality vitamin D. Hope you have a fantastic day and Good Friday!

Whole Wheat Honey Banana Muffins

Good morning! It’s the weekend! As I said in my last post, I haven’t worked Monday to Friday in years, so it’s a little different for me.

This morning I’m going to a boot camp class at the YMCA. I recently got a membership there, so I want to try a bunch of their classes. Besides that, I have a little running around to do and should probably get some homework done. Oh, and I also want to make something delicious for dinner – but I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was going to give you the recipe for the muffins I made. I really wanted a healthy muffin I could bring to work. I was going to add nuts and maybe a few other things to them, but I was craving a simple banana muffin.

I looked for many recipes, but this is the one I decided to try. It’s great when you find a recipe that you like (and works), because then you can play around with it a little.

Whole Wheat Honey Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
2 bananas, mashed
1/4 cup hot water
 

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease the muffin pan (I skipped this step, but then my muffins were a little difficult to get out. I have a silicone pan that I don’t normally need to grease)

2. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.

3. In a larger bowl, whisk the olive oil and honey together. Once well mixed, add the eggs and stir until just combined.

4. Mix in your mashed banana.

5. Alternate the dry ingredients and hot water, adding them to your wet mix. Make sure not to over mix, only until combined.

6. Pour mix into muffin pans (I filled them until just below the top). Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. Mine took about 20, but it depends on your oven.

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I just might have to do a little baking today too. I used to want to decorate wedding cakes and be a super-star pastry chef, then I decided to take the cooking direction.

Hope your weekend is going fabulous so far. I better go eat some breakfast before I head out to my class!

Banana Dream Smoothie

Hello! Hope your day is going great so far. Yesterday we went for a session with the personal trainer. I can’t even tell you how sore I already was from snowboarding the day before! I sucked it up and pushed myself to make the best of the workout. My new workout rocks – I’m on my way to doing 30 push-ups! If you’re in the Prince George area you should definitely check out Kris at On the Move Fitness. He can make all kinds of different fitness plans for you.

In the afternoon, we went to Josh’s grandparents for dinner. They have a hobby farm where they take care of their own animals (pigs, chickens, goats, and cows) and grow their own vegetables. Everything is natural and raised with love. We usually go there for dinner then play board games afterwards.

Today I’m going to the gym and getting some cleaning/organizing done around the house. I’m also going to make dinner and maybe even the apple crisp Josh has been bugging me for.

I have had a smoothie similar to this before, but apparently it’s been a while. I made this for breakfast and it was gone quicker than it took to make it. The most amazing ingredient combination ever: chocolate, peanut butter and banana. Heaven.

Banana Dream Smoothie

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1 cup almond milk
3 frozen banana halves
1 tbsp. peanut butter
2 tsp. cacao powder
2 scoops Vi Shape Shake Mix (or other vanilla protein powder)
A few ice cubes if you like them cold and refreshing
 
  1. Blend all ingredients and enjoy.

I also made this berry one for Josh.

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And this is Sunday night’s dinner. Maple glazed salmon with lemon scented rice and veggies. Simple, but delicious and healthy!

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Have a fantastic day!!!

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was a lot of fun! Saturday I went out for a little adventure in the middle of nowhere, and did some relaxing. Yesterday Josh and I went snowboarding at Purden Mountain. It was my first time going in 4 years! I wasn’t very good then either. My stomach was turning on our way there. I’m like that – I psyche myself out right before and get afraid. I signed up for lessons because a “ski hill” in Ontario is nothing compared to the mountains in BC. Besides, I really needed a refresher. I’m clumsy, but I try.

The instructor helped a lot. He taught me for about 2 hours and then I was on my own. I stuck to the smaller hill until the last run. He made me go down a big one! I was doing way better than I thought, but on that last run, my body was done. I was soooo sore from falling and giving my body a beating. It didn’t help that I was breaking in brand new snowboard boots either. I can’t even tell you how amazing it felt to take them off. I think we’re going to go again next weekend, so I’m ready to improve even more!

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When we got back, this is what happened. Trust me, I was doing the same before him.

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Now, on to the recipe I promised you:

Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter

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I finally got to use my food processor, so I was pretty excited!

2 cup almonds
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
  1. Put almonds in food processor and continue processing until nice and smooth. It will take a while, maybe even up to 15 minutes. Every few minutes scrape down the bowl. Remember, patience is key!!
  2. Once nearly finished, add the maple syrup, cinnamon and chia seeds. It might not be as smooth once you add these, so continue processing for a few minutes
  3. Enjoy! I love it on toast, muffins or with sliced apples.

That’s all for today! I have an appointment with the personal trainer to get a new plan around noon. It will be the perfect addition to my 90 Day Challenge. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little sore from snowboarding yesterday, so let’s see how this goes. I might not be able to move by the end of the day! Have an awesome Monday!

Work, Sleep and Eat

Hey guys! I’m back at work now, going on Day 6. This is the first day there is actually phone service and the internet is working pretty quick. Our last 2 days off were crazy busy – you would think we would have been more prepared with 27 days off. Plus Kori, our niece  was only a few days old, so we wanted to see her as much as we could.

Work has been good. It’s hard going from sleeping in your amazing comfy bed to a  pretty hard bed with no amazing sheets and duvet. Plus, we’re working 12 hour days.  It’s basically: work, eat, sleep. I’ve been exhausted since I started, but I feel like I’m getting into a routine now.

I can’t even tell you how bad I want to go home and cook. I read everyone’s blog posts and search for recipes when I’m not working. Don’t worry, I brought up a tote of food again. I’m so excited to go home and do some festive cooking and baking! The picture below looks amazing – Peanut Butter Fudge Cake. I might try and make it on my days off, but maybe do my own healthier spin on it.

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Here are a few new/different products I brought with me to work.

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This granola has chunks of dark chocolate in it – delicious! I love having it on top of yogurt in the morning. I try and drink lemon water every morning too. These are just a few of the awesome foods I brought with me to work. As I said above – I miss cooking sooooo much! However, I supposed I have to work – so some day I can have my own business and cook as much as I want every day!

That’s all I have for today, as I better get going to work. Now that the internet is being more cooperative there will be more posts. If anyone has any recipes that I must try when I get home, please post them. I already have a list going of dishes and treats I’m going to make.

Have a fantastic Monday!