Piña colada smoothie is my current favourite. It’s a subtle flavour and very creamy. The coconut milk has healthy fats which are satisfying so it’s a good choice for breakfast. I posted a picture on Instagram the other day of my piña colada smoothie, here is the recipe for it!
Makes about 3 servings.
1 can of pineapple + the juice from it.
1 medium-large banana
1/4 cup coconut milk
3/4 cup coconut yoghurt. Vanilla can also be used.
Put everything in a blender and blend until the pineapple looks like it’s all smooth. I put mine in the freezer for a bit before eating or use a frozen banana to get an ice-cream like texture. If you prefer more of a coconut taste, because it is quite subtle, more coconut milk can be added. The coconut on top really brings it out.
What’s your favourite summer smoothie? Would you like to see more food posts?
I have been on the hunt for high protein oatmeal. Oatmeal is such a good breakfast on cold winter mornings and there’s room for variety since you can top it with whatever you’d like from fresh fruit to brown sugar and butter ( my personal favourite ) it’s hard to get very bored of it. The problem with high protein oatmeal recipes is that they tend to either require protein powder – which bothers my stomach since it’s hard to digest so much protein at once, not to mention it can make the oatmeal a weird texture – or cooking an egg with it, making the oatmeal rubbery. After eating rubbery oatmeal almost every day last winter ( why Peri? Why? ) I have figured out the trick to quick, high protein oatmeal, a splash of milk! It makes the oatmeal almost creamy and adds a little extra protein.
Makes 1 serving.
1/2 cup applesauce or 1 very ripe banana
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of quick cook oats
A splash of milk so that all the oatmeal is soaked but there’s no extra liquid
Toppings of choice. Chopped dried dates, fresh fruit, brown sugar, etc. I used a bit of maple syrup ( because I’m Canadian ) and topped with some brown sugar and butter.
In a microwave-safe bowl, mix applesauce and oats together ( or mash banana and add in the oatmeal ), add the egg and mix well making sure the yolk is broken. Add a bit of milk until the texture looks moist but not too wet.
Microwave for 1 min 30 seconds to 2 minutes. Just until it looks a little rubbery, stir once it’s done to break it up. Add toppings of choice and enjoy!
Mango has to be one of my favourite fruits and mango smoothies make me happy, plus it is yellow and the slices of mango reminded me of sunbeams so this is a tropical smoothie to make it feel like a getaway from winter for a bit.
1 cup vanilla yoghurt. I used 0% fat to lighten it a bit.
1 cup pineapple chunks + some of the juice.
2 cups mashed banana.
2 cups frozen mango chunks.
1 cap full of vanilla, about 1 tsp.
1/2 cup water.
For the bananas, I have found it helpful to make almost banana ice cubes. When bananas start to get overripe or there’s just a lot in the house, I mash them all up, put them in a plastic bag and in the freezer so there will be ripe bananas for smoothies or spontaneous banana bread. It makes smoothie have an ice cream like texture since they’re frozen.
This recipe also makes quite a bit of smoothie, which I keep in the freezer until next time I would like it. But smoothies don’t last too long and tend to get freezer burnt around 3 days after making them.
Put all of the ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth. Top with extra mango for more fruit and some granola ( recipe here! ) for crunch, enjoy!
What are your favourite fruits and smoothie flavours?
I hear it is SuperBowl this weekend which means good food and a healthier ( my recipe is kind of high in fat so just slightly healthier ) option is hummus. It can be eaten with veg plus it has protein and fibre to satisfy you. And making your own hummus means you get a lot more than in the package, so there’s more to eat.
2 1/4 cup chickpeas
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 table salt
1/4 garlic powder
A splash of lemon juice to taste, I add quite a bit because I like it lemony.
You can use canned chickpeas, but a good thing I found is that it’s cheaper to buy a bag of dried chickpeas and cook them up before you’re going to use them. I put them in a slow cooker filled with water overnight then in the morning they are slightly overcooked but it makes the hummus more smooth. Also, tahini is key to making the hummus taste right, I have tried using olive oil but it alone doesn’t cut it.
Add all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until very smooth, it should almost look like frosting. Then enjoy!
I eat this hummus with everything and pretty much all of the time, it has to be one of my favourite foods and it’s fast and easy to make!
Breakfast can be hard to find healthy options since it’s probably the only meal where one can really justify having sweets for. I find that I’m so hungry when I wake up I just want food fast and I want something that makes me excited to get up. ( #HomeschoolProblems, when you need exciting food to motivate you to get going instead of needing to be at school?? ) This is a high protein, low-carb and gets some vegetables in right away! The scramble is on top of a Broghie, which is almost like bread or a cracker. They’re popped corn or wheat, making them very low in carbs and calories.
A savoury, high-protein, low-carb and easy to make breakfast of spinach, feta, salsa and egg scramble on top of a crisp Broghie or could be substituted with bread or tortilla.
1 1/2 tablespoon chunky salsa
1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese
1/4 baby spinach
1 large egg
A little oil to cook the egg in a pan
1 Broghie, tortilla or base of choice
Heat a pan to medium-low heat with a little splash of oil to make sure the egg won’t stick later on. Once heated add salsa to one part of the pan to heat it up. Scramble egg before putting it in the pan to cook, let egg cook until it doesn’t appear to have any parts that look clear anymore then combine it with the salsa in the pan and add in spinach and feta until everything is combined. Place on your base of choice and enjoy!
What are some of your favourite healthy breakfasts?
I may or may not have a smoothie bowl obsession. Being the good Millenial that I am ( or am I Gen Z?? ), I try to make my food pretty and ideal for Instagram and smoothie bowls are so colourful and healthy so they have been my platform for pretty food. To add a nice crunch and extra sweetness I usually add granola. After trying granola recipes and experimenting with things to add this has been my favourite!
This makes quite a bit, which isn’t a problem because the granola is kind of addictive. I put it on yoghurt and smoothie and just eat it straight up.
2 cups rice crispy cereal
1 cup large flake oats
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 brown sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. I only add this occasionally, but it gives it a sort of doughnut flavour with definitely not being doughnuts.
Mix everything together in a large bowl, making sure it’s very well combined and that there aren’t large chunks of brown sugar. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool before using and putting away, it hardens and turns into almost like a brittle once it’s cool, then it can be broken up and sprinkled onto smoothies.
I promised to keep the blog updated with doing things off of the fall bucket list and now that fall is almost over ( oops! ) it’s time to post!
After experimenting with pumpkin muffin recipes my favourite has been adapted from BRETTNSHARA on All Recipes. They are moist and have lots of flavour without being overly spicy. I’ve already made them at least 3 times!
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oat flour. ( For extra fibre! )
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice. A good recipe for pumpkin pie spice can be found here
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the streusel
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1/4 large flake oats
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Mix flour, oat flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until it’s combined in a large bowl. Add all the other muffin ingredients to the flour mixture. In a separate bowl mix together all of the streusel ingredients until it’s crumbly and combined. Pour batter into muffin tins that are either greased or have muffin cups, add streusel on top and bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes or until a toothpick can be poked into a muffin and come out clean. Enjoy delicious muffins!
Do you have a favourite fall baked good? And would you like to see more recipes?
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! This is a collab post with one of my bloggy friends Brianna! She has a wonderful lifestyle blog and we’ve been chatting about the post collab and she’s a sweetheart so please go check out her blog, as well!
It doesn’t just have to be about romantic love! It’s a day to celebrate that love exists, that you love your friends, family, pets, hobbies, all things in your life. February can be such a dull month, it sort of feels like winter has been lasting forever and everything seems boring and the same ( It makes me think of this episode of Arthur ) so it’s great to have something different and a little celebration.
Self-love is so important and since this is a day of love then why not celebrate self-love and “treat yo self”?!
This weekend a couple of friends and I went to Sephora and I decided to get myself something since I never had gotten anything at Sephora and I love makeup. Plus the bag is so cute! I’m like one of those babies who loves the package more than the actual thing that came in it! I got this Too Faced mascara and honestly, it wasn’t that great for all the hype. Usually, I use Maybelline Pumped Up mascara and I like it quite a bit more than the Too Faced one. Too Faced flaked off by the end of the day, but it gave a nice soft finish on my lashes and the volume was good. But, I prefer the Maybelline one.
Today I did sparkly pinkish eyeshadow and great big false eyelashes. There’s nowhere I have to go today so I can go as crazy as I want, with still keeping it pretty natural. I have a small false eyelash obsession, they’re so pleasing to me LOL, so anytime I can wear them I will. And, of course, glitter just makes me happy.
I’m also going to do some focusing on my mental health and nutrition, read about that and try to make a good plan to stay on top of those things today!
A little self-love today
Some things you can do to be nice to yourself today.
Make your favourite meal. I had curry yesterday!
Take a little money and buy something you’ve been wanting. Or
Set a small budget and go shopping then get something that pleases you.
Go outside and find something beautiful, admire the world and get some fresh air.
Make a playlist of some of your favourite songs and listen to it, especially if they’re on self-love like Can’t Get Enough Of Myself, one of my faves.
Have a nice warm drink of your choice and watch your favourite TV show.
Take a warm bath. STORY TIME. Last time I had a bath I made it wayyy too hot and ended up sweating more than I do during a hard workout and finally decided that I should just get out.
Write in a journal.
Write down things you’re thankful for.
Wear something that makes you feel good!
One small thing that makes you feel good!
Family and friend love
When I was little I used to make Valentines by cutting out construction paper in a heart shape and trying to write “I love you” on it, but once you hit about 14 the charm of that seems to wear off. My cut and paste skills couldn’t keep up with my age. So instead I made my family heart-shaped brownies with 2 of my favourite recipes. Whatever Floats Your Boat brownies, which are tradition, chewy and delicious brownies, then Black Bean brownies. Everyone seems to be a bit afraid of the black bean brownies, but they are actually really good and super fudgy!
Spread the love
Spread it like butter on toast. That sounds odd, but also really delicious and now I want toast.
Send funny Valentines. I’ve been sending so many of these. Sorry people I’ve sent these to!
Call family members.
Make heart-shaped baked goods or pizza and give them to your friends.
Have a cookie decorating get together.
Drop little packages of cookies off at neighbours.
Leave positive messages in random places to brighten people’s day.
I should actually do some of these things….. Oops.
I hope everyone has a great day and thank you so much for the love on my blog!!