Protein Breakfast. Just 2 eggs and 1 banana creates these deliciously sweet treats!

Protein Breakfast. Just 2 eggs and 1 banana creates these deliciously sweet treats!

The smaller, the better! Recipe from Blogilates.com x

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Summer days

Temperature becomes warmer, summer fruits come into season, and the meals can lighten up as much as the days do.

 

I never really thought of putting two things I love together. Salmon (Wild from Maine – NOT farmed). Cheddar Cheese (Organic mild). What?

 

I thought it was weird. I thought it might taste kinda funky. I thought wrong.

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Organic Valley Vermont Mild Cheddar Cheese

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Smoked wild Salmon – look at that beautiful color.

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ImageMom wrapped the cheese in strips of salmon and gorged on these and a delicious salad I made. It went nicely with the cheese and salmon. 

 

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Lettuce, carrots and blueberries – oh my.

If you’re planning a picnic, or thinking of serving appetizers for your guests, these two are ideal as they are incredibly simple to set up yet are quite flavorful; and healthy!

 

“Have you ever tried to smoke a salmon?  Very hard to stuff it in a pipe.” – Hayuck.

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A Healthy Breakfast

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have been working out with POP Pilates and have been eating clean. One of the best things about clean eating, is that it really allows you to eat MORE. Crazy right?!

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Source: Google

Eating clean consists of consuming unprocessed foods (aka no added sugars) other ingredients that you can’t pronounce (maltowerhfbwawlblablablah, anyone?) whole foods like fruit as opposed to fruit juice (LOADS of sugah).

Some days during the week I like to make oatmeal. I make instant, although Steel cut is so much better. I need to buy this. I will. I promise… anyway, I love using different kinds of fruit toppings or my oatmeal. More protein and more flavor! Keeps it from becoming boring.

To make:

  • ½ cup dry oatmeal
  • 1 Cup water or milk
  • 2 Tbsp Chia seeds (I used Nutiva)
  • 1 Tbsp Flax seeds
  • 1 Tbsp hulled Hemp seeds (Red Mill)
  • Cinnamon – as much as you prefer
  • Fruit of your choice
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Ch-ch-ch-Chia! … I just had to..

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Cinnamon and Flax!

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Delicious blueberries and Peach

*I used bananas in one of the pics and blueberries and peach in the other. I didn’t like the way the banana photos came out. I’m weird*

Boil the water or heat the milk, depending on what you choose to use.

Throw the oatmeal in the saucepan once water is boiled and stir. Mix in the Chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax. Stir several times. Let the oatmeal absorb all the liquid.

You can either include the cinnamon at this point, or wait til the end. I LOVE cinnamon so do both.

Put in your fruit of choice, stir. Pour into bowl.

Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite ways to play up bland oatmeal? x

Where I’ve been.

I disappeared. It seems that taking four classes in Grad school is like asking for a kick in the head.

Completely. Insane.

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Yeah. Now you know.

Luckily, I have survived. Spring semester is over and now all that’s standing in between me and graduation is one online course during the summer. *Can’t wait!!* (for it to be over, that is)

Anyway, while I had been dealing with loads of papers and finals, I have begun this 90 Day Challenge that I found on this wonderful, FREE, site called Blogilates.  The creator of this site, Cassey uploads videos on YouTube. She does mostly pop Pilates. Bru-tal. I started following her monthly calendars which is set up with her videos, so there’s no need to go scouring through wondering where to begin. The challenge consists of eating clean for three months ( I pretty much have a clean diet, but everyone could use a little boost!)

I’m almost at the end of the May calendar and boy has it been tough. However, I do feel stronger and I have already noticed more muscle definition in one month of working out with her videos, than I did in six months of using weights at the gym.

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*Fierce*

So there’s that. Working out and eating clean will be my life for the next couple of months. Along with that, I’ll also be printing out a gazillion resumes in hopes of getting a teaching position this fall. *Crosses fingers*

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A picture is worth a thousand words…

If anyone is reading, follow along, thing’s might just get interesting. x