This Yogis Breakfast

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Dear Diary,

This Yogis Breakfast is all vegan protein and all kinds of delicious…the perfect breakfast for a lazy and rainy Sunday morning in NYC…so healthy, so good! You all know that I’m a yoga lover– my Sunday morning routine usually consists of a hot yoga session followed by an epic brunch… but this morning, I’m feeling exhausted… and the bad weather is the perfect excuse to stay in bed for just a little longer.  With some extra time on my hands, I wanted to make something hearty, delicious and of course healthy.

I woke up, made this in about 8 minutes flat, and went right back to bed… haha … and in about 3 hours, I will be having breakfast # 2: aka eggs, avocado, and smoked salmon… sounds like a good plan, right?  Well here’s the recipe if you want to give it a go!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED/ HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

Boil 1/4 cup of steel cut oats in 3/4 water and 1/4 unsweetened vanilla almond milk

when the steel cut oats are soft and ready to eat, take off the heat and add a half a scoop of Vega One Nutritional Shake “French Vanilla” protein powder

on top: add blueberries, raspberries, chia seeds and bee pollen… or whatever else you have around ;)

HERE’S WHY

steel cut oats: less processed and lots of fiber… oatmeal is the perfect carb to start your day

blueberries: antioxidants, DUHR

chia seeds: omega-3 and antioxidants

bee pollen: hypo-allergenic, sweet and natural energy boost! ** I also suffer from seasonal allergies, so this local NY bee pollen will help my body fight against the elements!

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Enjoy your lazy Sunday and eat up right!

Chia Seed Superfood Breakfast Pudding

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Dear Diary,

Hey!  Do you even remember me?  Ha… it’s been a while.  I’m sorry SFG’s but I promise I have a few REALLY good excuses… first, and I’d like to think most importantly, I’m getting MARRIED!!! AHHHH… I’m so excited, and hope to share some of the fun details with ya’ll very soon… but I have to tell you, getting married is just as much work as everyone warns you it is!  I feel like it’s been a roller coaster of planning– the minute you have one thing booked, there’s something else to worry about!  So between the planning, and some family-engagement fun, it’s been a busy holiday season!  Secondly, I just started a new job AND moved into a new gorgeous apartment in the middle of Manhattan’s West Village (AKA my DREAM-COME-TRUE neighborhood)!!! So between all these new changes– I’ve fallen off the blog posting wagon– but now that 2016 is here!  I am ready to be committed again to the SFG movement AND my healthy lifestyle… and after celebrating my month full of holiday and engagement celebrations– it’s time for me to say “no” to sugar, and “yes” to some cleansing, and natural superfood breakfasts like this one!  Chia Seeds are FULL of fiber and protein– so I’m adding them into my morning routine!

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This breakfast is SO easy to prepare– and is a great breakfast to take with you during your morning rush;  Just pack it in a mason jar and you’re good to go!  Somehow this breakfast makes me feel indulgent, even when I know it’s good for me ;) so what could be better than that?!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

1 frozen banana

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (I do vegan plant based)

1 cup of almond milk

1/4 cup of chia seeds

handful of blueberries

pumpkin seeds

handful of frozen raspberries

1 kiwi

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO

over-night (or at least an hour)… combine chia seeds with almond milk in a mason jar and let it set in the fridge

mash up some blueberries (so it’s kind of like a jam!) and pour over the chia seed pudding once it sets!

then in a blender– combine the banana, vanilla protein powder, and just enough water so that it becomes a thick smoothie!

finally, pour over the blueberries, and then add a layer of raspberries & slices of kiwis and some seeds for crunch!

AND now ENJOY!!

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You can totally make this recipe you’re own… add some nuts, granola, or drizzle on some honey!  Let us know what combinations you come up with SFG’s!  We’d love to know and share! :)

Chocolate Chia Pudding

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Dear Diary,

I have a pretty great breakfast routine– it’s a meal I never like to miss.  Weekdays, it’s usually a green smoothie, and on weekends I crave avocados on toast, or some steel cut oatmeal.  But this Sunday morning, I decided to switch it up with a Chocolate Chia Pudding!  This recipe takes some preparation, but is very easy to do… it’s sweet, revs up your metabolism, and its the perfect excuse to have chocolate in the morning!

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The dish is great anytime, but it definitely is nutritious enough to be your starter meal of the day.  The chia seeds are the star of the show, they are superfood nutritious, and provide a terrific texture and thickness to the dish!  This recipe also has actually ZERO chocolate in it… yup, that’s right, ZERO.  Now don’t get me wrong… if you want to add some chocolate… I say go for it!  :)  But this way works great too! … and it’s definitely an even healthier way to go!

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I prefer plant based protein)
  • 2 tbsp of cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • agave (2 squeezes)… add vanilla extract as well if you have it around :)  I didn’t and it still came out delicious! (1 tsp)

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HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

  • combine all ingredients in a sauce pan, and constantly stir until completely combined
  • continue to stir over medium heat until it has been boiling for a few minutes
  • then take off the heat, set in a bowl (or mason jar) to set… put in the fridge for at least one hour (or over night)
  • when cool… add a dollop of protein-filled greek yogurt and sprinkle organic raspberries on top!
  • And viola!  You’ve got a breakfast parfait like you’ve never had before!

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Enjoy SFG’s!!! And let us know, what’s your favorite breakfast food?!

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Breakfast of Champions!

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Dear Diary,

I make it no secret that I love an Egg McMuffin. I’m an on the go kinda girl and I’m in my car a large portion of my day, so occasionally I’ll pull through the drive through, but only for what I knew as “healthy” options. However, even though Egg McMuffins are reasonably low in calories doesn’t mean that they’re good for you. They’re loaded in sodium, highly processed, from animals with shady pasts (sad face), and every ingredient is cooked in “liquid margarine” which includes over 15 ingredients. Gross. Thanks for crushing my dreams, McDonalds.

Because of this I’ve been getting more creative in the morning to create exciting options that are better for me. Here’s what’s happening in my kitchen.

…Eggs & Lox…

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 *Lightly toast a whole wheat sandwich thin.

*Spread low-fat cream cheese on the toast.

*Layer sautéed spinach, a fried egg and smoked salmon on top.

If you want a little seasoning to spice it up, I’ve been using nutritional yeast lately. Say what? Nutritional yeast is a great substitute for cheese!

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It’s vegetarian, gluten-free, salt-free, sugar-free, and sodium free! To sum it up, it’s a miracle seasoning!

Check out another fun spin on an open faced breakfast sandwich here!

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A lovely SFG morning…

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Dear Diary,

It’s summa, summa, summa time! Which calls for lots of fresh fruit, AM drinks and plenty of sunshine, friends and laughter. This morning wasn’t lacking any of those things. Complete with an old Polaroid camera to document the fun :)

Cheers!

Lauren informed me I needed to put down the OJ due to the high sugar content, so I guess it’s fresh squeezed grapefruit mimosas for us!                                      

8 oz. Grapefruit Juice 8 oz. Orange Juice
Calories 90 110
Total Fat 0 g 0 g
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 mg
Sodium 10 mg 0 mg
Potassium 300 mg 450 mg
Carbs 21 g 26 g
Sugars 18 g 22 g
Protein 1 g 2 g

 

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We were trying to be super healthy, hence the hard boiled eggs…

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SFG Breakfast!

Fresh berries are always a tasty topping to cereal, oatmeal, yogurt or whatever!

Grapefruit!

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“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

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