All posts tagged: breakfast recipes

Chia Pudding with Roasted Figs + Goat Cheese

One of my favorite breakfasts go-to’s happened to be a mega Superfood.  Chia seeds have received great acclaim for delivering a whopping amount of nutrients and antioxidents in each teeny seed. Figuring out how to incorporate them into your diet might be a little tricky, other than the obvious “add to smoothie” advice that I’ve followed for years. That all changed for me when I came across a lovely vegan restaurant in London that served up chia seed pudding. UM, WHAT? Why have I not beeng doing this all my life?! It’s like overnight oats only a MILLION TIMES HEALTHIER! Que the Hallelujah chorus right now. Imma bout to shout it out! Effortless: check. Delicious flavor possibilities: check. Mega healthy: check, check, check. While the seeds themselves don’t have much flavor, when soaked, they plump up and form a gelatinous, pudding like mixture. On it’s own, I don’t find it too appetizing. I actually think the even just the word gelatinous sounds unappealing. BUT wait! Don’t go anywhere yet! I also think plain soaked oats are …

Eggs Over Probiotic Rainbow Hash

One of the things I absolutely loved about dining out in Europe was the brilliant use of vegetables in dishes. Cooking with whole foods isn’t a novelty concept or a trend in the UK, it’s just the way food is prepared. I absolutely loved how easy it was to find healthy options. I became addicted to a delicious probiotic rainbow veggie mix while I was living there for the month of September. The vegetables were brined in a delicious, slightly sweet vinaigrette with sea salt, and I ate it by the gallons. Interestingly enough, while we’re usually vaguely aware that we don’t incorporate enough vegetables into our diet, we usually forget that we’re severely deficient on eating enough colors. Studies prove we fail to get enough red, purples, and yellow veggies. Brightly colored veggies contain phytochemicals, which are substances occur naturally only in plants and provide amazing health benefits. According to information from the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH), phytochemicals act as antioxidants. They protect and regenerate essential nutrients, and/or work on a cellular level to …

Breakfast Tacos with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Working peeps, I don’t know about you but I need a six month holiday, twice a year. I don’t think that’s an unresonable request, quite frankly. In the meantime: FOOD. Or, more specifically, the breakfast of champions: Texan champs that is! My ICU work schedule has me even more excited about our upcoming London vacation. We’ll be living in London proper for a month while I do yoga training with Kino MacGregor and her husband Tim Fieldman. Since life is happy but hectic right now, my meal plans are easy. And nothing is as effortless than breakfast tacos (well, ok, cereal is prob a tad easier), so that’s what’s on the menu this weekend. It turns out, eggs + tacos are such a happy match. I first fell in love with breakfast tacos when I moved to Dallas, Texas which has perfected that art form of tacos in all their splendor. After long, crazy night shifts in the ICU, my nursing friends and I  would go out for breakfast tacos and mimosas. It was the …

Easy Southwestern Baked Eggs

Sunday, i.e., e.g., aka The Day Before Dreaded Monday (or more appropriately in my world known as Sunday Funday), is the giver of many wonderful things. Sunday kinda makes all the other days of the week look just a bit shoddy; it’s the show girl day of the week, all frills and fun! Not only do I heart Sundays, but I also love sleep, because it’s like a time machine to breakfast. And I enjoy brunch even more, since it’s basically breakfast for lazy people who can’t get out of bed on time. It should be no surprise, therefore, that I practically live for Sunday Brunch. Please tell me I’m not the only weekend hedonist out there! Since I follow the religion of yoga + brunch on Sundays, I feel it’s my sacred duty to uphold this tradition each and every week. We either go out to bottomless boozy brunch (thank you D.C. for you’re endless list of restaurants who participate in this debauchery) or have friends over. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: …

Gluten Free Banana Bread

When I was growing up, I had an obsession with banana bread that I’ve yet to live down with my family. I was a little more than mildly fanatical about it, and since it’s not exactly cake and it’s not really just bread, I would usually try (unsuccessfully) to convince my mother that it was in my best interest to let me eat say…the entire loaf. Let it not be said that I was afraid of carbs as a child. Though I’ve developed a moderate ability to reign myself in when it comes to committing total carbocide, I still just love a delicious, moist piece of banana bread with a cup of tea and a good book. That’s a scene from a little corner in my heaven, friends 🙂 Being gluten free, sugar free, preservative free, etc etc etc often feels like it ends up being taste free. Texture can be unpleasant as well, and the final result is a really bad knock off from whatever original recipe from which it was fashioned. I don’t …

Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins

One of the things in life I’m so grateful for is having a husband who is not only so amazing, he rocks my world everyday, but he’s also passionate about health and fitness. Let me tell you, it’s SO hard to keep healthy lifestyle if your partner is not on board! I remember when my aunt and uncle would try at different times to quit smoking, but they were only able to do it when they kicked the habit together. My sweet husband never complains about my kitchen quests for better, healthier food, and I’m extremely grateful. As a teeny tiny thank you, I try to convert his favorite recipes into healthier versions. Let’s be real, if a person’s taste palate is used to refined flours and refined sugars, healthier options will rarely completely measure up, because there’s a certain heavier flavor panel that comes with using those products. Whenever other health nuts tell me “you won’t even taste a difference!” I know that’s probably not quite true. Spaghetti squash does not equal spaghetti noodle;) BUT …

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes: Because Too Much of A Good Thing Is Delish!

Can you ever have too many pumpkin recipes? I submit to you that you can not! If you read my last post about making pumpkin bread, you’re probably aware of my crazed enthusiasm for all things fall and pumpkin related. I can’t even feel bad about this…I mean, fall is the most wonderful time of the year (take that, Christmas! Kidding, I kid…Santa don’t send me coal!) Plus, pumpkin is AMAZING for your health. The bright orange flesh is chocked full of ingredients that aid digestion, immunization, anti-aging (SIGN ME UP!) and even helps with disease prevention. (For fellow nerds who like to research, check out this link on the benefits of pumpkin) My favorite meal is Brinner: breakfast for dinner. It’s all the benefits of breakfast with the perks of dinner. ‘m wide awake, loving life, and ready for a hearty meal. Unlike at breakfast, I have no thoughts of how much I’m missing my bed. I also tend to drink only lemon water and a green smoothie for breakfast to let my digestive …