Blueberry “Cinnamon Roll” Breakfast Bars.

I’m a sucker for quick + simple recipes that call for items I already have around my place. So when I came across 2 ingredient Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls on Instagram last week, I knew I needed to try it out. Disclaimer: this recipe always had more than 2 ingredient – they aren’t tricking anyone. 

I attempt the baking exactly as the recipe directed yesterday and than did my small tweaks today to test making it more to my own preferences. The original recipe calls for you to roll out the dough, add the blueberries and cinnamon, and then roll up the dough to create “cinnamon rolls”. This did not work for me, so instead I place the mixture directly into the pan and bake as bars. Below, I write out the original recipe as is and then I explain what I’ve changed to the recipe. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Cinnamon 

Directions: 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a glass 8×8 pan. 
  • Mix first three dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add in yogurt and mix, creating a dough. Mix in blueberries and cinnamon.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until dough is thoroughly cooked through. 

The first attempt tasted too bitter to me so this morning I switched out the plain greek yogurt with Two Goods brand Vanilla yogurt. Since it calls for a cup, all you need to buy at the store for 1 batch is two small individual vanilla yogurt cups. I’m not a fan of having a lot of excess ingredients left over so this worked out perfectly. 

I also added about 3 teaspoons of brown sugar and a splash of vanilla extract to the dough to provide a bit more flavor. Then to top it off, I used Trader Joe’s Coconut Whip Cream as an icing alternative. 

This was definitely a winner in my book. It’s simple and doesn’t provide too much of a sweet taste early in the morning. I love me some french toast or a good decadent muffin but if an item is too sweet it normally leaves my stomach not so happy (cue the sugar gram counting). Also, if you noticed, we don’t add any sugar or sugar alternative (except the brown sugar) so if you stick with the original recipe than you’re still on track for the added-sugar detox!

Let me know if you try this one out and of course, enjoy!!

Favorite Berry Smoothie.

You can’t go wrong with a good smoothie. I enjoy the fact that you can cram in a ton of good fruits & veggies into one glass. Also there is such a variety that there are endless opportunities for a new flavor every day. 

Over the years, I’ve definitely done my fair share of experimenting with different concoctions of smoothies and have nailed down my favorite blend of ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, I still do some new mixing every now and then to keep things spicy but this is, for sure, my tired and true smoothie recipe that I keep coming back to and it hardly ever fails that I don’t have these ingredients on hand. 

I prefer to blend my smoothies in a Nutribullet (not sponsored but wouldn’t mind being ;). It’s the perfect kitchen gadget to blend everything in one cup and then drink straight out of that same cup. Who doesn’t like less dishes? I also like to use my Nutribullet to blend my homemade Ranch Dressing.   (Not going to lie, I do have my eye on a Vitamix too).

Ingredients: 

  • Frozen Berries 
    • I prefer a blend of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries but also grab blends with mango, banana, and peaches often.
    • Make sure to check the back of the package for any added sugar. Unnecessary ingredients are sometimes added to make the berries sweeter – but we don’t need that 😉
  • Spinach 
    • I add about a cup
  • Banana 
    • For creaminess
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
    • About 2-3 scoops 
    • For creaminess
  • Coconut Flakes
  • Chia seeds & Flax seeds
    • I use the Barlean’s mix which can also be found at most Sam’s Club locations
  • Vanilla Protein Powder (optional) 
    • I prefer NG Nutritions brand & it looks like they now call the flavor ‘Vanilla Ice Cream which sounds absolutely delicious. 
      • This brand does contain 2g of sugar per scoop
  • Almond Milk
    • I add this last and fill the cup up to about an inch below the rim

Enjoy this yummy treat as a mid-afternoon snack on a hot afternoon or as a breakfast replacement on those rushed mornings!

Let me know your thoughts after you try this delicious drink & if you make any substitutes to make it your own. 

What I Eat In A Day: Weekend.

On weekends, I typically stick to around 2 larger meals and a few snacks in between.

I’ll wake up around mid-morning and usually hit up a work out class. Depending on how I feel, I’ll either have coffee or pre-workout as well as a small snack like a banana or apple a few hours before class.

After class I’ll make sure I get in protein right away with a protein smoothie or a small bar.

Once I get home, I love whipping up a large breakfast. I’ve been really into egg & veggie scrambles or if I need to get in some carbs I’ll make a batch of protein pancakes (I’m obsessed with Kodak Cakes) with a banana and berries blended in. I’m super basic and love a good blended latte but not super into spending $5 on coffee so I’ll blend up my own concoction of ice, vanilla protein powder, almond milk, & espresso.

If I get hungry later in the day, I’ll snack on hummus and pretzel chips or chips and salsa.

Once dinner rolls around, I’m pulling out fish from the freezer because Spring always gets me in a Seafood mood. I’m been pairing my Dijon Mustard Salmon with sautéed veggies and homemade ranch.

Later in the evening, I’ll indulge in either a homemade protein bar or some fruit with sugar free whip cream (also maybe a glass of good red wine ;)).

Ciao.

Typical Workday Meal Plan.

Hey loves!

I just got done filming this week’s episode of Wine Down Wednesday that will be posted later today. We’re covering some barre moves that really target the lower body and the booooootay.

I’ve also been dealing with a mild case of tendonitis on the top of my right foot that I believe might have set in from driving. Reminder: I didn’t have a car while living in San Francisco and depended on public transportation or walking. Now that I am in Colorado, I have my car back (hallelujah!) but I’m thinking the tendons that keep your right foot flexed while driving might be a bit strained. If anyone has dealt with tendonitis of the tendons that attach to the 4 smaller toes, I’d love to hear your insights into how to recover quickly (seriously, seriously).

Anyways, onto the real point of this post: I wanted to share a typical day of meals and snacks with you all. I’ve been giving a brief glimpse into this on my Instagram stories lately but thought I would go a little more in-depth with a series of posts.

I’m starting this first one out with a typical workday. I have an 8-5 desk at a Digital Advertising agency where I work as a Digital Strategist. I do my best to always pack my lunches and mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. I find if I don’t eat healthy snacks throughout the day, in between meals, I have a higher risk of binge eating at the end of the day.

Also, it’s important to note that everyone is totally different. You should eat when you are hungry! I do not recommend you following my meal plan exactly unless that works for your body. Make yourself and your tummy happy!

Ight, let’s go:

Morning

I’ll normally get up in the morning and chug water. Seriously. I work out quite a bit so I find I am the most dehydrated after a night’s rest.

I’ll probably get about 8 oz of water in within the first 10 minutes I am up. If I am feeling bloated, I will heat water in my electric kettle and mix in a few tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar.

Then I’ll make some coffee. I always put a scoop of collagen into my coffee because within out, my nails and hair are pretty weak so it works miracles for me. (If you’re interested in collagen, I can recommend a few of my favorite brands.)  Lately, I’ve been testing out how I do with more protein in the morning to see if that keeps me fueler throughout the day and cuts down on sweet cravings. I’ve been lovvvving the KITU Super Protein Creamer. It is about 17 calories per tbsp with less than 1g of sugar. If I’m making sure I stay fuel for a while, I’ll use a Premier Protein (I prefer the caramel flavor) with ice in my coffee.

Mid-morning hits and I’ll either have a banana, a couple clementines, or a Luna Bar.

Lunch

I like super quick and easy meals for lunch that aren’t going to weigh me down for the afternoon. I have to eat light for lunch! Anything too heavy and I am worthless for the afternoon.

Lately, I’ve been heating mozzarella cheese on a tortilla and top it with a packet of tuna (in water). Super feeling, super delicious, and way lighter than a normal tuna melt.

Mid-afternoon comes around and I’ll enjoy one of my homemade protein bars (recipe to come soon) or an RX bar.

Dinner

My favorite meal of the day!!

This is very I really like to indulge because it is normally after my daily workout. I will try to get this meal in between 6:30-8PM in order to not eat too late.

If I am starving I will increase my carbs by having pasta but if I am pretty full from the day I will whip up a salad or a heavy veggie stirfry.

Dessert

Sometimes it just has to happen!

If I need a little something sweet, I will reach for a mini dark chocolate dove. If I am still really hungry, I’ll whip up my new obsession: Chocolate Protein Frosty Knock-off. So yummmmmmy!

This fake frosty contains one avocado or banana, a handful of ice, a scoop of cocoa powder, vanilla protein to your desire, and almond milk. I have tried with both an avocado and a banana and both ways are uber delicious.

What are you guy’s favorite workday meals? Let me know if you enjoyed this post and if I should continue to share more in this format 🙂

Namaste.

Warm Oats + Coffee.

Loves, it’s been a rough couple days.

I’ve been battling the typical January cold that seems to affect everyone and I just can’t seem to kick it. I bring the majority of this on myself since I rarely slow down and try to always accomplish too much at once. So the lack of rest hasn’t done my body any good. I’ve been trying to make a more conscious approach to slow down in simple, small ways that hopefully will build into a more significant impact over time. Two simple exercises are sitting down for meals and shutting off electronics while eating. This can be extremely beneficial when eating with loved ones but also just as beneficial when eating alone. Why not give yourself a mental break? We’re so consumed with our phones, tablets, and computers that for the majority of us, during our awake hours, we’re spending more time staring at a screen than not.

One of my favorite meals to invest time in cooking and sitting down to enjoy is breakfast. If we’re buddies on Instagram then you already know my obsession with oats and recently larger obsession with warm oats. I love pretty much anything I can whip up in under 5 minutes really! I actually find it humorous too that after moving to California I’ve become more into warm breakfast dishes. You’d think the eight years I spent through South Dakota winters would have sparked this love…. but I digress.

If you’re currently dealing with the Polar Vortex, actually even if you’re not, I highly encourage you to try out this super simple dish on the next morning you have 5 minutes to spare.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 2/3 cup Almond Milk (of your choice of milk)
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • Optional toppings:
    • Chia/Flax seeds
    • Coconut Flakes
    • Strawberries
    • Raspberries
    • Really anything your heart desires

Directions

  1. Smash half a ripe banana in the bottom of a bowl.
  2. Add oats, almond milk, a dash of cinnamon, and a dash of brown sugar into the bowl.
  3. Cut in the microwave for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in remaining slices of the banana, blueberries, and any other toppings.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Overnight Oats.

Overnight oats are my fav. I literally get so excited when I wake up in the morning and I have overnight oats waiting for me.

Who created this amazing concoction?!

I started making these a few years back when I got knee-deep into one of my many health kicks and it has been one of my habits that have really stuck through the years. And why not? Oats are fairly inexpensive and you only need a few other ingredients to complete the mixture and a little patience and commitment to let it sit in the fridge overnight.

My mixture: 

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • dash of cinnamon
  • a few sprinkles of chia seeds, flax seeds, and coconut flakes (I buy a mixture from Sam’s club)
  • Blueberries (amount to own desire)

I’ve also played around with adding honey, maple syrup, pumpkin spice, vanilla extract, bananas, strawberries, and frozen mixed berries in the past but the above ingredients are my tired and true.

Nella, the pug babe, also enjoys the overnight oats because she usually gets a few blueberries herself while I am mixing it up in the evening.

What is your favorite morning meal? I love quick and simple during the week but on the weekends I’m all about cooking a well rounded, elaborate breakfast!

Namaste loves. Now I’m heading back to my tea and watching The Great British Baking Show.