Breakfast smoothie anyone?

This super simple smoothie is the perfect remedy for lazy and sluggish mornings!

– ¼ cup of oats
– 2 tspn flaxseed
– grated ginger
-grated turmeric
-cinnamon
– 2 ripe bananas
– 4 tbsn pumpkin or sunflower seeds
– handful of strawberries (frozen is perfect)
– Half an avocado
– coconut water or milk

Blend until the oats and seeds make the mixture smooth, silky, and creamy.

This smoothie will give you the energy of a few cups of coffee, but without the crash! Plus, it’s crazy good for you!

Go #straightupbananas and give it a go!

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Wakie, wakie to a Mexican – inspired breakie! Morning!

What did you have for breakfast?

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Packed lunches! One for the beach and one for work tomorrow!

You’ve got a grilled beetroot and zucchini salad with greens, carrot ribbons, and plenty of herbs from my balcony garden!

What do you like to pack for lunch?

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Breakfast anyone?

Made breakfast for the Bae and I. You’ve got homemade granola with yogurt and frozen berries, kiwi, orange, apple, and 2 soft-boiled eggs each! Ready for the day ahead!

What are you having for breakfast during your national day holiday?

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Here is an easy, quick, and yummy salad–the easiest, quickest, and yummiest salad ever created. Ever. EVER. EVER!

Glistening glazed beetroot with balsamic vinegar on a bed of peppery arugula…I mean COME ON!

For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 bunches of spicy arugula
  • parboiled beetroot slices (which is just a fancy way of saying boiled but still with a slight bite to it.)
  • 4 tablespoons of aged balsamic vinegar (aged balsamic has a thicker consistency than regular balsamic and is a bit sweeter and less tart than regular balsamic)
  • salt to taste

In a skillet over a medium-high heat throw your beetroot, salt, and balsamic and allow to softly bubble until it becomes thick, gooey, and just coats the beetroot.

While that is bubbling away, crudely chop your arugula and place in a plate. Pour beetroot and balsamic glaze over salad and you, my good friend, are in business. Go devour that puppy!

You can play up this salad if you’d like by making it a bit more decadent. You could crumble in some blue cheese, goat cheese, or walnuts if you’d like—I was just trying to keep it clean and simple.

Go straight-up bananas and please give this salad a go and let me see the outcome! x

Breakfast is some early sunshine on the balcony and a plate of color!
● a turmeric shot: coconut water, turmeric, lemon.
● avocado on oat toast
● a boiled egg with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
● a handful of almonds
Combined with a work out and some yoga in a bit–this is shaping out to be a lovely day!

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In a non-stop snacking kinda mood. Fresh mango, banana, coconut water, rye cakes, and Chia coconut Roo’ Bar. And yes, I will eat it all by myself because I’ve got the blues and I do what I want.

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I’ve got to tell you, slurping seems to be my favorite eating method..like..ever. And because pasta isn’t something I should be slurping every single waking minute, soba noodles seems to be an adequate alternative. My husband and I were lounging around on a quiet Friday night when I had an epiphany! What if I made us a soba noodle salad RIGHT NOW! (yes, food could be an epiphany). So I rummaged through the fridge looking for whatever ingredients felt Asian enough for me and used the following:

  • Soba noodles
  • Garlic
  • Orange juice
  • carrots
  • frozen green beans
  • frozen broccoli
  • poached chicken breast
  • green onions (scallions)
  • bell pepper
  • ginger
  • store bought  ready-made Thai lemongrass and sweet basil dressing (I know, I cheated…leave me alone)
  • sesame oil
  • soy sauce

First, I cheat-made the dressing for the salad as I put the noodles to boil. I added a good glug of the ready made lemongrass dressing and added sesame seed oil, soy sauce, garlic, orange juice, and grated ginger. Then, I shaved the carrots into ribbons and added them to the dressing to pickle them.

After that, I shock boiled the chopped veg. by blanching them in hot water for a minute and running them through ice-cold water, I also washed the noodles through with ice-cold water once they cooked.

Now for the assembly.

I add the cubed poached chicken breast and the remaining ingredients, toss, and serve. 

This recipe was absolutely scrumptious if I may say so myself–I was pleasantly surprised with myself, and you will be too. Give it a shot!

Go straight-up bananas and try out this recipe.

I am in dire need of groceries. All I’ve got are a couple of sprigs of parsley, 2 cloves of garlic, leftover cans of white beans and crushed tomatoes, and some parmesan cheese…what to do?…is it okay to have pasta for the third time this week?…hmm… Well screw that, pasta it is! This quick lunch took me less than ten minutes to put together, and it was so worth the wait lol. 

Ingredients: 

  • Garlic
  • Organic flaxseed fettuccine
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Red chili flakes
  • olive oil
  • half a can of white beans
  • half a can of crushed tomatoes
  • parsley
  • balsamic vinegar

This recipe is more like an assembly than a recipe really, but who cares..as long as it’s yummy, filling, good for me, and in my belly I don’t care how long it takes to make.

Put the pasta to boil in boiling salted water. As the pasta cooks, fry the chopped garlic until golden brown, then add the tomato, parsley, and an incy wincy bit of the pasta water (to loosen up the sauce a bit because it can get quite thick). Once the sauce has cooked for about 5 minutes, turn off the heat, add a splash of balsamic, red chili flakes, and whatever herbs you’ve got on hand, then add the beans–I kept the beans till the end because you want to heat them through, not cook them or else they’ll get super mushy and you’ll end up with a watery mushy pasta, yuck.

Add the pasta to the sauce, toss a bit, and top with a bit of olive oil and parmesan cheese and you’re good to go!

Go straight-up bananas and give it a try and let me know how you like it.

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Foiled red snapper, stuffed with cilantro, lime and dill.

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What are you having to break your fast today?

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