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Who cares about lemons when you have awesome fruit like pears in the fridge! I don't want lemonade, I want PIE!!! Hahaha, but really though, I love me some desserts and it's so hard to find ones out in the world that aren't going to kill my healthy eating style. Super sad face about that...so the solution: make it myself, I guess?

After a lot of random recipe reading and mental "healthy substituting" over the last year, I somehow just managed to wing this one in the kitchen last night. Luckily, it all worked out just fine, tee hee (I wouldn't bother posting if it had turned into a disaster, just so you know :P). Anywho, the recipe is completely "clean" as the health buffs like to put it, meaning that there are no processed sugars or chemicals added to this recipe. I think the most processed this in the recipe is the protein powder I used, but even that can be replaced if you don't have any. So have fun, make pie!


 
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I'm not a vegetarian; I love eating meats too much. BUT I can definitely appreciate vegetarian and vegan dishes because they tend to err on the healthier side of the culinary spectrum. It can't hurt to mention that I've never met a dedicated vegetarian/vegan that was overweight or riddled with health problems, so they must be doing something right!

SO in honor of all the vegetarians/vegans out there, I sometimes decide to observe what is commonly referred to as Meatless Monday! Today's Eggplant Tofu Ragout (pronounced rag-goo) recipe goes along with that idea and is completely meatless; although, it's packed full of delicious veggies and a healthy source of plant protein! 


 
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YAY! I finally got my computer looked at! Aaaand...it turns out it was my internet being wired wrong and not my laptop that was messing my life up (>_>). Anywho, the point is that me and my posts are back in action! Although, I've realized that posting everyday is not something that can last...SO I'm switching to posting once every other day or so---less stress for me, less reading for you folks out there. (^_^)

Anywho, while my lil laptop was out of commission, the weather here in Hawaii has started transitioning from winter rainy season to sunny skies!! LOVE the weather shift because I dislike cold, windy, rainy days, and also because I love frozen goodies like the one in the picture: Banana Split Protein FroYo Popsicles! I love the strawverry, banana, and chocolate flavors all swirling around together, YUUUUM!!! XD 


 
Sadly something seems to be wrong with my laptop's ability to connect to wifi of any sort...so unless I find time to camp out at a Starbucks or something, putting up new posts will be less frequent than before. It is a sad, sad day. Oh the sorrow...(T_T)

In the meantime, I'd love to hear from anyone out there! Feedback about the recipes I've posted so far, any thoughts or questions about what I might have wrote on, or just to say hi! Email me, tweet me, Facebook message me, find me on Instagram, what
 
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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.