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Original version of the flax waffle
A few days ago, I wrote a post about the benefits of flax and put up a recipe for a Blueberry Flax Microwave Muffin, which by the way I still think is super delicious. ^_^ Today, I give you more breakfast food made with flax! Why not start the day off right, right? Tee hee. These amazeballs waffles come out just the way I like them, nice and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside (nom nom nom nom nom).

Upsides of using flaxmeal instead of flour means that the waffle is actually low carb and packed of omega-3s! AND not only low in carb and high in protein (because of the protein powder), but if you have a carb-free (and therefore, sugar free) protein powder and liquid stevia like me, then it's completely sugar free as well!! Although, even if you don't have a carbless protein powder or liquid stevia, this waffle is still really low in sugar, so all is not lost.

Anywho, the original version of the recipe (as pictured to the right) was just a cinnamon waffle. Tasted great, but then I started wanting something more desserty for breakfast and so the chocolate version was born! Try them both out and see what you think!


 
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Jared, Jared, Jared...you and those pair of oversized jeans you hold up in your commercials are so deceiving, shame on you. The basic Subway commercial essentially sets Jared up for being their prime example of what "healthy" Subway sandwiches can do for you---help you loose weight by just eating their meals (doesn't mention what choices he makes or whether or not he exercises).

The truth is, that if anyone looked at the nutritional information that Subway has available on their website, they would see that the commercials aren't everything they're cracked up to be. Okay, my reaction to their menu and semi-false advertising aside, it's up to you to order something that's healthier and better for you. Thankfully, while Subway might not be the fresh and healthy choice that TV makes them out to be, they definitely land on the healthier side of your dining out options (when you make the right choices), especially when compared to McDonalds or something.

My suggestions are based solely on getting a sub, not about breakfast or soups or salad. I know that they offer all those things, but I've never tried them and don't feel right giving suggestions. On the other hand, I can say this much: If the soup is creamy looking, just say no because cream = not so healthy. Also, I can say that add your toppings/fillings to a bed of salad is going to definitely be healthier than putting them on bread. If you're getting a salad though, ask them to use spinach instead of the normal iceberg lettuce for a more nutritious salad. Anywho, on to sandwiches!!


 
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90-sec microwave muffin!
I recently found a recipe for a microwave mug blueberry and flax muffin. Silly me, I only wrote down the recipe and not the website, so my apologies to the original creator of this recipe! (If I can find it later, I'll add a link to it). As I mentioned before, I'm all about easy breakfasts because I'm too lazy in the morning to work on something extravagant. That means breakfast either has to be prepped/prepared ahead of time, or really quick and easy to make; this falls under the quick and easy category. Mix everything together in a small bowl, pour it into a microwave safe mug, microwave for less than 2 minutes, and breakfast is served....YEEEESSS!!! And it helps that it tastes good, too! ^_^

When I started eating healthier, I seriously had no idea what an actual flax seed was or what it looked like (see the picture below), much less what good it could do for me. Come to find out, that although flax is full of fiber, it's actually pretty low in carbs and makes a great addition to a weight loss/health diet.


 
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Love digging in when breakfast is dessert
I'm always on the look out for a protein filled breakfast to start my day off right. I recently tried out a coconut protein cake recipe I saw on Instagram from @angelamccaferty. If you decide to try it out, it kind of like coconutty pound cake-ish, just saying. Anywho, it's been a while since I had a loaf of any kind of bread that I haven't been cautious eating (normally too many carbs in exchange for not nearly enough fiber or protein or anything else), so when I found this recipe for protein bread and it didn't turn out too bad, I was all about trying to figure out what else I could do with it. Bread pudding was one of the first things I came up with (right after my initial idea and execution of slathering a slice with white chocolate wonderful peanut butter, hahaha).

Anywho, I was never really a huge fan of bread pudding as a dessert, but I always thought it would make a great breakfast, tee hee. AAAAAAND that's what happened: bread pudding for breakfast. I just sort of slapped together a recipe on the fly one night (I let my bread cubes soak overnight), and was really happy with the results the next morning.


 
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Another Instagram inspired carrot cake-esque recipe! This one comes from @fitmencook, and makes for a tasty dessert-like breakfast. Even though I'd feel bad eating real carrot cake, this is a totally different story, tee hee. Who said you can't have cake for breakfast? lol

We both used sugar-free pancake syrup, but....he used real eggs, and I didn't. He used amaranth flour, and I used whole wheat pastry. He topped his waffles with raspberries, and I made a "cream cheese" frosting! I think my fake cream cheese frosting works better with the carrot cake-like waffles than the raspberries, just saying. AND my "frosting" is still healthy!


 
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Turkey bacon sweet potato hash for brekkie!
Growing up, I seriously didn't know what hash was really made of. My mom only ever used canned corned beef hash, so I always thought it was some mushy mixture of meat-esque stuff and some cubed white stuff (though, it never occurred to me the little white things were potatoes...I was so naive). On top of that, she only ever used it for dinner (hash and eggs and rice); I didn't know it was a breakfast food, and I didn't really wake up for breakfast ever anyway. I didn't find out until late into high school when I was dating a guy whose favorite meal was breakfast that hash was actually supposed be for breakfast and was a diced mixture of potatoes, meat and spices. Whoa, the revelation! (If you don't believe me, Wikipedia backs me up here).

Now that I'm cooking for myself, I've realized how much I love breakfast food (hash included)! And since I've discovered yams/orange sweet potatoes, I've fallen in love with them! So this obviously evolved into a sweet potato hash...the healthier version that's missing the fatty unhealthy meats, the less nutritious russet potatoes, and the excessive amounts of oil that people cook it all up in.


 
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I love me some desserts, but balancing desserts with my new healthier diet is a pretty ominous area, not gonna lie. Thankfully, then I think up something like protein fudgsicles. It's not summer yet, but that doesn't mean I don't want the occasional frozen treat, right? Totally simple snack that literally only took me only 5 minutes to throw together (...even if I had to wait hours for them to freeze solid, grr).

I used a popsicle mold that I bought from Bed, Bath & Beyond for about $7, but you don't have to run out and find/buy them if you don't think you'll use it. Any old paper cup and some popsicles sticks will work just as well...but I gotta say I enjoy having real molds. ^_^ This time around, I made peppermint flavored fudgsicles by using peppermint stevia, but you can always mix it up however you like!


 
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Doesn't everything look happy together?
I hate letting veggies rot in the fridge when I've paid perfectly good money for them. I'm always determined to use them and not freeze them because 1) some veggies are just not quite the same after being frozen, like onions, and 2) because if I eat it, that means I'm filling myself up with something healthy rather than something more "convenient" and from a can or a restaurant.

That being said, every so often...about one every two weeks or so, I end up making some sort of dinner where I just throw all the veggies that have been there the longest together into some sort of meal. This week, I ended up with the meal in the picture on the right~~~chicken breasts with "sauteed" veggies! I put the "sauteed" in quotes because normally sauteing involves using a lot of oil to help cook your veggies. Going down the healthier path of cooking means using oil to cook = bad! On the other hand, some oils are better than others and actually have health benefits, and using those healthier oils in small controlled amounts won't kill you. "Everything in moderation!" and so I used some coconut oil, but only a one teaspoon, which is WAY less than the normal 2 tablespoons of other unhealthier oils that lots of recipes call for.


 
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Italian supplì
I'm pretty sure everyone knows what a meatball is....the round balls of meat that get served with spaghetti? Yah, that thing. But it's a lot harder to find someone that knows what supplì are. Long story short, supplì are Italian snacks that are breaded and fried rice balls (normally using risotto) with mozzarella in the middle (similar to arancini or arancine, if you know what those are).

SO I'm at my boyfriend's apartment one night and realize how lacking the fridge/pantry is of ingredients...again. You'd think he'd learn by now? Anyway, I scrounge for something low-carb to make and end up with ground turkey breast (click here to find out why I get ground breast meat, specifically), cheese, panko (Japanese bread crumbs), and stuff from the spice rack, and I ended up turning out this random recipe for what I think would be the result if a meatball and a supplì got together and had a baby. In essence, it's a turkey meatball with cheese in the middle that's been breaded in panko and baked instead of fried....with a little tomato sauce on the side.


 
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My omelette bake with a PB slathered muffin
The more make-ahead type of breakfasts I get into my repertoire, the happier I am in the mornings. I found a great little spinach and mozzarella egg bake on Pinterest that needed a little tweaking.

I left out the olive oil it called for; you don't NEED oil to cook some spinach, seriously. I used nonstick spray instead, a little water if I thought steaming would be better. I also replaced the real eggs with liquid egg substitute. There's nothing wrong with real eggs...except for the extra calories and cholesterol...just saying. Also, the original recipe asked for green onions, but I don't normally have that laying around, so regular round onions it was. It also called for a specific type of spice, but I'm not about to go out an buy a whole bottle of some random spice mixture unless I KNOW I'm going to continue to use it. That being said, I decided to go with a little spicy flavor (i.e. cayenne) instead.

Anywho, the recipe is really simple overall and the result is pretty tasty. Since I'm only making food for myself, this will feed me for almost a week of breakfasts. YAY!