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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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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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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!


 
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Maple Blueberry oats while catching the sun rise.
This has been the most amazing find of my healthy new life!! Hands down, swear to god. It was one of the first few pins I actually tried out from Pinterest, and although I've tweaked the flavors and add-ins to my liking and created brand new ones for myself, that pin is what started it all.

So why all this hype about some oatmeal? Well because it saves me time and energy in the mornings when I'm hungry and don't want to do a damn thing to feed myself...cooking is tiring sometimes! On the other hand, when it's 10pm on some random night at home and I'm awake and thinking about what I'm going to eat for breakfast the next day, it's way easier for me to muster up some energy and get some food together (I honestly think I'm an insomniac sometimes). They're pretty simple to make, already pre-portioned come breakfast time, and SO convenient. These little suckers are so easy to just grab out of the fridge and run out the door with a spoon in tow (This is where I point you to the picture on the right from when my boyfriend decided he wanted to take pictures of sunrise and I NEEDED to bring food or I was going to be a very cranky girl). Yes, I said from the fridge; it's a cold oatmeal. I had never had cold oatmeal before making these, but you get used to it, especially with all the different flavor choices...you'll see what I mean, just read on.


 
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A quinoa bake square with breakfast yogurt parfait!
I recently found a Pinterest pin for a quinoa breakfast bake. I'm all about having something pre-made and ready to go in the morning for breakfast, so making something like this one afternoon will give me part of breakfast for the rest of the week (and enough for some daytime snacking, too, tee hee ^_^)! 

You know, when I tell people I know that I eat quinoa (pronounced keen-wah; it's okay, I didn't know at first either), I usually get one of two responses: 1) They have no idea what it is, or 2) They say, "Oh, I've heard of it, but what is it?" Since I'm from Hawaii and pretty much everyone here eats [white] rice everyday with one or more of their meals, my answer to the question is normally starts with, "You eat rice? It's like rice. You can cook it the same way and eat it the same way, but it's healthier and better for you." If you look at the pic on the left, they don't look alike, but they have the same texture, about the same taste, and can be used in pretty much all the same recipes. And then, of course, people ask how is quinoa better for you? And then I have to launch into explanation mode...


 
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There are LOTS of people these days touting the advantages of "green smoothies" and how healthful they are. I'm not really a smoothie kind of girl, normally because I don't find them to be quite filling enough. However, that doesn't stop me from making one every once in a while, and since I have spinach on the brain and a huge bag in the fridge, I decided to throw one of these little smoothies together.

For those of you who aren't sold on the idea of green smoothies, or more specifically, the idea of spinach in a smoothie, there are actually a lot of positive aspects to spinach that you should consider! I even did a bunch of the research for you! Hopefully, it's enough to convince some of those non-believers out there that spinach is at least worth a try.


 
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My mom used to make me pancakes EVERY Saturday morning. It went on for so long that I eventually got sick of it and refused to eat any more pancakes....for years. LOTS of years. Like 10 years, seriously. I only recently started ordering and making pancakes again. Now that I'm on this "change my life and eat healthier" bit, I've been finding a lot of cool healthy pancake recipes, and since buying that ginormous Costco sized bag of spinach the other day, I thought sharing spinach pancakes would be appropriate.

I originally found the recipe for these protein packed pancakes on Instagram, but I can't for the life of me remember who I got it from! That being said, I'm just gonna throw out a big thank you into the air for whoever it was. Whenever I buy spinach these days, I always have to make these at least once! This is also usually the recipe I use when the spinach is just starting to wilt/die in the fridge since it has to be blended anyways.