What's for breakfast? Protein is a must.

I often get asked do I eat breakfast, especially because I'm up so early and what do I eat? The answer is I always eat breakfast and I usually have a snack within 3-4 hours.  I typically eat 5-6 meals a day and feel best that way.  Eating every few hours keeps my blood sugar levels constant, my energy up, and my mood elevated.  I also eat frequently because eating large quantities of food at one time makes me feel sluggish and in need of a nap.  
Breakfast for me always includes protein! Protein is what keeps me full and energized through those first few hours of teaching, few things are worse than being hungry while working with a client and losing your focus on them because your are focusing on yourself.  
So here's how it goes around here....

Breakfast 1: Oatmeal but not your average oatmeal (for those of you who don't like oatmeal this is game changing)
1/2 cup oats
1 cup water
Dash of Cinnamon 
2 Tbsp Vanilla Justin's Almond Butter 
2 Tbsp Flax Seeds

Combine oats and water, heat in the microwave, add cinnamon, almond butter and flax seeds. Enjoy! 

Breakfast 2: Quick Protein Shake, when there's just no time!
1 scoop Chocolate Vega All-in-One Nutritional Shake
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
1 cup cold water
Ice cubes

Mix, shake and go! The colder the better. It's like drinking chocolate milk:-)

Breakfast 3: Smoothie Packs
1 cup Spinach
1 cup frozen Pineapple
1 cup frozen sliced Strawberries
1/2 frozen Banana
1 1/2 cups Coconut Water
1 scoop Vega Viva Vanilla Protein Shake (90 calories, 15 grams of protein)

On Sunday I combine the fruit and veggies into a ziplock bag and place in freezer. I make 5, one for each day and in the morning just dump the bag in the blender, add your liquid and protein powder blend and drink.

Breakfast 4: Greek Yogurt Parfait
Your favorite cup of Greek Yogurt, I go with Coconut Chobani
1 serving of Manitoba Hemp Hearts (18 grams of Protein)
6 sliced strawberries
2 Tbsp chopped almonds

Combine and enjoy. Good healthy fats and a great deal of protein, 18grams in the hemp hearts and typically between 12-18grams in Greek Yogurt.

A few hours after breakfast I usually snack on a banana, green apple, a handful of nuts, or a scoop of nut butter.

I'd love to hear how you do your breakfast?


Another rendition of my beloved Acai bowl!

For those of you that have been stopping by for awhile you may know of my love for acai bowls.  Post morning run today I was craving one, they are just so refreshing.  I switched up the recipe a little, I'm always attempting to make it a bit thicker and I did it!  The key to a good consistency is the cold temperature.

(1 serving)
1 individual frozen pack of acai 
1 frozen banana (this is the key, it must be frozen)
1/2 cup unsweetened

1/2 tbsp hemp seeds
1/2 of a kiwi sliced
3 strawberries sliced

Blend the first three ingredients until one smooth consistency,  Pour into a bowl and top with hemp seeds, kiwi, and strawberries.

Close your eyes, transport yourself to somewhere tropical and enjoy!

Moose Mug. Gingerbread Granola!

Get these things off me!  It is too funny she walks like a baby deer taking its first steps. 

Such good manners from this lady, taking her boots off at the door:-)

This past weekend was one of my favorites in a long time.  Ryan and I spent our whole weekend together!  That hasn't happened in a very long time, we were in the same place at the same time which helps.  I spent much of the weekend cooking and baking.  I tried out some recipes for Christmas dinner and prepped cookie dough for this week's big cookie party! I am proud to say all of my holiday shopping is done, presents wrapped, my grocery list made and now we can enjoy the days leading up to the holidays maybe even sneak in some outdoor ice skating!
While purchasing mass quantities of baking ingredients I picked up some molasses to make some gingerbread granola!  My house smells amazing and it tastes good too:-)

Gingerbread Granola

6 cups old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup molasses
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
1 1/2 tsp cInnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups diced walnuts or pecans
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 cup yellow raisins (optional, if added make sure to add after baking)

Preheat the oven to 350.  In a large mixing bowl combine oats, nuts, and spices.  In a separate mixing bowl combine coconut oil, molasses, maple syrup, and vanilla.  Pour the liquids over the dry ingredients and stir well coating all oats evenly.  Place granola onto two parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake for 30 minutes, stir at 15 minutes.  If you feel like one sheet is baking more quickly switch the top and bottom sheets halfway through baking.  Remove, let cool completely and store in an airtight container.

I made this holiday festive granola to share with lots of friends.  Once cooled I packed single servings of granola (1/2 or so) into small bags and tied it up using pretty red and white baker's twine.  A simple and delicious holiday treat!