Category Archives: Breakfast

The Vegan 8’s Life Changing Pancakes

Whoa Nellie!!  Back it up, whip these pancakes up, and let’s just sit and mow these bad boys down!

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Blender Pancakes

Since some mornings can be more hectic than others, who is a fan of anything quick to make and easy to clean up?  ME! ME! ME!…

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Typical Breakfast

When I worked full time as an apparel buyer I was up at 5 AM to the gym and out the door to work by 7:30. That typically meant I was eating my breakfast at my desk when I arrived at work. I kept a bag of rolled oats, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, local honey and cinnamon in my desk for most of those mornings that I did not eat before I left the house. Occasionally I would manage to eat toast with almond butter on the way into work, as it was a 35 minute drive. Those are days of the past, but my mornings are still very similar when it comes to the early rise to the gym, especially during the winter when it is a bit more wet in the mornings. Except now, I usually eat with my kids before they head off to school and I don’t keep food in a desk anymore :) The variations have changed and are not as plain as I used to eat it, but I still enjoy those basic ingredients from time to time.

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Overnight Oats

Overnight oats, who’d of thunk it?!  Well, I must say I am glad someone did!  I had been reluctant to try overnight oats because eating cold oatmeal just didn’t sound appealing to me. As part of my daily goal to experience new things (big or small) and go out of the box/my comfort zone, I gave this a whirl. I must say, I enjoyed them, as did the hubs. He even made is own!

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Satisfying PB Smoothie

It is taking me FO-eva to get a post done that shares what I do for fitness and some of my fitness heroes.   So in the meantime, make this smoothie from one of my favorite fitness experts Angie Stewart Fitness

If you like peanut butter than you will be all over this, if your allergic not sure it would taste good with another option and if you don’t like peanut butter well your missing out ;) This smoothie fills me up, I am not joking!  I am good until lunch time and it is kinda like drinking a frosty, like those ones back in the day when you were a kid.  Now you really want to try it don’t you?

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Baked Pumpkin Rounds

The other night I had decided to create a brownie using avocado, let’s just say it was an epic disaster. As I was mixing it and pouring into the pan, I thought, this would be a good “mousse” type dessert. But I second guessed myself and continued on. After all was done in the oven, I realized I forgot to add an ingredient so it came out like dark sludge. Well that was that, I needed to get a few things dialed in and try it another night. I then decided, I should try the breakfast oatmeal I make and tweak it a little and make some muffins. So with paper and pen I began the chicken scratch and pouring into bowls. Once they were placed in the oven, OH the smell was filling up the house! It was like a fall party. The kids were asking what smelled so good and I replied, I hope they taste as good as they smell! Success came from the oven and multiple testers have agreed these are tasty baked rounds. We just couldn’t decide if they were breakfast, a snack or a treat… they are just yummy!!

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Zucchini Muffins

Back to school, means snacks, lunches, homework, snacks and sports on a daily basis for this family. We have a 7th grader who is on the school volleyball team and plays recreational soccer. Her practices for volleyball are 5 days a week and soccer is twice a week. Our 5th grader is doing school volleyball and recreational soccer as well. For her volleyball practice and soccer is twice a week on the same days. The kids do not have the same sports schedule, therefore even more of a need to have the fridge stocked with some goodness. The fruit and veggies are always abundant in the fridge, but those are sometimes not as exciting as bars or muffins. We do not buy packaged snacks to keep on hand so a lot of taste testing goes on to find what makes the cut to stay. I had made zucchini bread a few months back and wanted to refine it a bit more, so I decided to make it into muffins. I stayed up late one evening and made a batch of these muffins and some Kinda Like Muffins to get a start for the week.

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Anytime Cookies

The evenings have been cooling down enough for me to use the oven without feeling like I am in one. I have a few recipes on my list to try but I was also in the mood to gently experiment. I am still working on that development part of the recipes and feel I have quite a ways to go before I am there so tweaking and improvising some recipes are where I am comfortable at the moment. These “cookies” are full of yumminess (see notes at bottom of recipe) for breakfast, lunch or snack. I have been avoiding oil when cooking or baking and sometimes replacements work great and other times, not so much. I wanted these to be oil-free and I was successful in achieving something that was edible and approved by the family. I used applesauce and almond butter instead of oil. Working on how much to add was a bit tricky but I got it to a consistency and taste that worked. These are great for school lunches or after school snack too!

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