September goals!

Growth and change are constant values of mine. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut where you feel like you’re doing the same thing day after day. & that doesn’t feel good, even if you’re doing something you like. Growth is such an important part of the human experience. Without it, you’re stagnant and life becomes boring, tedious, comfortable. (I’m not suggesting jumping completely out of your comfort zone and never returning.) Comfortability is amazing and a necessary part of life as well! It’s when you get too comfortable and it starts to turn into a lack of motivation or an acceptance of doing the same thing day after day that being comfortable turns into an issue.

One of the best ways to spark change is by creating goals for yourself. Now you can’t just come up with goals, make vision boards, write about what you want to accomplish, etc. and then sit on your ass & expect change to happen. I know this all too well because that’s what I’ve been doing for the past few months. I sat around thinking about things I wanted and hoping they would just magically fall into my lap. Until I realized after months of ups & downs and overall repetitive disappointment that anything worth having takes WORK. So I let go of that wishful thinking that some magic unicorn fairy would come fling blessings into my lap and started to actually come up with goals for myself and start MOTIVATING myself to actually work for them. Motivation is fleeting and I don’t wake up every morning ready to put in all the effort all the time. But I remind myself of what I want and why I’m doing this and how good it’s gonna feel when I accomplish my goals and that re-inspires me over & over again.

So here are a few goals for September that I came up with! These are completely subjective/personal goals and it’s really important to focus on where you’re at in YOUR life and come up with goals that motivate you right NOW & are gonna help get you where you want to go.

  1. GIVE more.
    It’s easy to get so caught up in your own life that you forget to give back to others and show the people you love that you care about them. Remember: what you give is what you get. Karma’s very real and you will feel way better when you’re making others a priority and remembering to give back.
  2. More intuitively eat & exercise.
    I’m a huge advocate of intuitive eating > any sort of dieting or other “health” fads that go around the internet these days. I’m not the best at intuitive exercising though. I’m gonna make more of an effort to only move when my body feels like moving and in a way that relieves stress instead of causing it (by feeling like I HAVE to work out).
  3. More water! Less coffee & alcohol.
    Dehydration is real guys.
  4. Take life less seriously & see everything on the lighter side.
    Everything’s funny if you think about it. Quit the petty drama & live a little.
  5. Smile at everyone.
    This is something everyone can do, every day, just to improve people’s days & your own. Spread the positive vibes y’all. 🙂

These are all pretty general so I’ll keep posted on how they go throughout the month. Later gators! ❤

Healthy Easy Pancake Recipe + random breakfast parfaits

I LOVE breakfast foods. I’ll take pancakes, donuts, french toast, pastries, bacon & eggs, etc. for any meal, anytime. Eating any of these in their normal form (gimme all the carbs & fat) is great, but I also love coming up with healthier versions of my favorite breakfast foods. The BEST healthy pancake recipe that I eat close to every morning is not only fluffy and delicious but also quick to make and only uses 5 ingredients. unnamed (3)

These babies are made with a banana, 2 eggs, 1 tbsp flour (I use whole wheat, but coconut or oat flour could be used to make gluten-free), cinnamon & vanilla extract to taste.

Add all the ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend on high until well combined (no chunks of banana left bc ew). Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a pan on low-medium heat. Once the pan is heated, pour in your first pancake. I usually add chocolate chips or blueberries at this point, but add in whatever extras you want, or they’re great on their own!

I will make either the full recipe or half recipe for myself, depending on how hungry I am. The half recipe makes 2 pancakes and the full recipe makes 3-4, depending on how big you make them. I always add some sort of nut butter on top and sometimes honey or maple syrup if I’m feelin a kick of sweetness!

Like I said, I’ve been making these cakes almost every morning since I found the recipe bc that’s how incredible they are!

When I’m not feelin pancakey, I’ve been really into (2% or whole milk) Greek yogurt parfait bowls. Here’s a couple I’ve been making lately!

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This one has 2% Fage plain Greek yogurt, sweetened with honey, mango, sliced banana, Smucker’s natural honey peanut butter, and protein granola.

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This is the same combo, minus the mango, add strawbs and chocolate chips.

Both are so good and so filling bc of the added protein from the granola and nut butter, and the 2% (or full fat) yogurt, which keeps you full WAY longer than nonfat.

WIAW

I haven’t done one of these types of posts yet, so I wanted to try out a What I Ate Wednesday Post! First off, breakfast:

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I had a bowl of pumpkin snickerdoodle baked oatmeal, paired with some Noosa pumpkin yogurt, and protein granola on top. So good!

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Midmorning, more coffee with soy milk!

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For lunch, I had leftover egg & veggie bake (from the breakfast sandwiches I made the other day), topped with avocado and salsa, and a multigrain English muffin with peanut butter and organic blueberry jam! (Breakfasty lunches are the best lunches)

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Dinner was a bowl of pulled pork chili, topped with spicy shredded cheese, and paired with (unpictured) asparagus, sweet potato, and a glass of red wine.

Post dinner dessert was some (unpictured) dark chocolate & So Delicious coconut milk cookie dough ice cream, YUM. & that’s it for this WIAW! There were also plenty of snacks in between (I just didn’t take pictures of those!).

Meal Prep: Breakfast Sandwich Edition!

I love love love meal prepping. I work a lot of afternoon/evening shifts and don’t have time to grocery shop & put together dinner often times. It’s also super nice to have food for the week to just throw in a tupperware container and bring to work with me. It’s a super easy and convenient way to stay healthy (especially if you’re on the go a lot)!

I normally meal prep more lunch/dinner foods, but every once in a while I’ll do something for breakfast. Breakfast food is my favorite anyways, so half the time I’ll end up eating it for lunch or dinner as well..:) I normally prep some sort of baked oatmeal for breakfast, but I wanted to switch it up and go with something more savory this time. So breakfast sandwiches it is!

These were way easier than I expected. They turned out delicious and were packed with protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, and vits/minerals from the veggies!

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These babies are made with:

10 eggs

1 cup whole milk (or sub nondairy milk of your choice)

Salt & pepper (to taste)

1 green pepper, diced

½ red onion, diced

6 slices all natural bacon

6 slices Muenster (or your favorite type of cheese)

6 multigrain English muffins

Preheat oven to 375 F. Whisk together the eggs & milk. Add in salt & pepper. Add in green pepper and onion. Pour in a greased 9×13 baking dish. Place on bottom rack of oven for 25-30 mins (or until eggs are fluffy and slightly browned).

Line a baking sheet with foil (rolled up on the edges to catch grease). Place 6 pieces of bacon (not touching) in a single layer. Place on top shelf of the oven for 15-20 mins (or until crispy).

After you take the eggs out of the oven, take a biscuit cutter (or cup that’s about the size of your English muffins) and cut 6 circle shapes of the egg/veggie mixture. Cut all the bacon in half to make it easier to fit on the sandwich. Toast your English muffin. Put it all together, and there you go! You can microwave the finished product for about 30 seconds if you want the cheese to be melty (I did!).

These will keep in the freezer for up to a month. I just wrapped the egg cut outs, bacon, and cheese in foil, and put them in the freezer. You can put the English muffin in as well, but I prefer to toast mine than to warm it up in the microwave. To heat up the sandwich, just take it out of the freezer and put it in the microwave for 1-1.5 minutes, or until the cheese is melty and it’s heated through the middle.

I topped mine with salsa and guacamole as well, and plan to try it with hot sauce next time!

Enjoy!