Weird Breakfast!

Lately I’ve been eating more sweet potatoes and sometimes I feel like eating them for breakfast!

For my sweet potatoes, I cut them up and leave the skin on for more nutrients. Then I boil them for about 10 minutes to soften them a bit. After I strain the water from them, I add my spices to it, which varies depending on how I feel for that day lol!

Today I added a very small sprinkle of pink Himalayan salt, cayenne pepper because I like spicy, roasted black sesame seeds, and chopped up dill! It is so delicious!

With my sweet potatoes, I had some of a green smoothie that I made the other day. Here are the ingredients:

Banana, carrots, pear, kale, capful of apple cider vinegar, hemp seeds, and water. This green smoothie is the bomb!

Have you eaten sweet potatoes for breakfast?

Or what is something “weird” that you eat for breakfast?

What is your favorite green smoothie recipe?

Spiked Egg Nog!

This weekend was busy for me with getting all my holiday decorations together and buying a few Christmas gifts.

I felt like all my hard work deserved nice beverage lol.

So I decided to make a spike egg nog cocktail with cinnamon, nutmeg, and Tito’s. It hit the spot! Haha!

How do you like to enjoy your egg nog?!

Easy Homemade Granola Recipe!

This morning I wanted to have some yogurt for breakfast but I ran out of granola! I thought to myself, maybe I can just make my own granola! So I looked up a simple recipe to make my own granola at home!

Here’s what you’ll need:

-3 cups OLD FASHIONED oats

-1 cup of nuts of your choice

-2 tbsp chia seeds

-4 tbsp of honey or maple syrup

-3 tsp vanilla extract

-2 tsp cinnamon

-3 tbsp coconut oil

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 300 Degrees F.

2. Mix all ingredients together, put parchment paper on a baking sheet, and spread out a thin layer of the granola mixture.

3. Let it bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the granola starts to brown.

*Make sure to check the granola ever so often because it can burn easily.

Let it cool, then enjoy!

There are many fun ways that you can add this to a variety of dishes like:

Your favorite yogurt

As a topping for a baked apple

Add to muffins

Bake it in bread

Make granola bars

Eat with fruits

Roll bananas in the granola and freeze them

Add some sprinkles to a salad

Add to oatmeal for a nice crunch

Eat with mixed nuts

Place on top of a smoothie bowl or in your favorite smoothie

Your options are endless folks!

Storing your granola

You can store your freshly made granola in an airtight jar/container for up to 2 weeks long.

Or you can store in an airtight jar/container and keep in the freezer for a few months. When ready to eat it, just leave it on the counter to defrost overnight.

And there you have it! Homemade Granola that’s so easy to prepare!

Have you made your own granola before?! Share your recipes in the comments!

Flavorful Veggies Over Pasta Recipe!

I wanted to try something different from what I usually make with pasta which is with meatballs or chicken. So I decided to use the vegetables that I picked up from the Virginia Farmer’s Market the other day!

Tomato, cherry tomatoes, red onion, green onion, zuchinni, and yellow squash.

I chopped up everything to prepare it for cooking.

I used a little olive oil and sautéed the red onions until they browned. I then added all the vegetables to the pan and added my spices. I used garlic powder, Italian seasoning, a little salt, pepper, fresh basil, and fresh rosemary.

I mixed everything together and covered and let it cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Then I added marinara sauce to the pan, mixed it in, and put the temperature on low. I covered the on and let it cook for about 7-10minutes or until the veggies are soft.

Then I poured the veggie marinara sauce over tri-colored rotini pasta and garnished with fresh basil! I also enjoyed this meal with a nice and crispy piece garlic toast! Yum!

Ice Cream Lovers!

There is this popular ice cream shop in Virginia Beach that I’ve been hearing so much about!

It’s called Lolly’s Creamery. They offer delicious ice cream flavors and have a few toppings to choose from too. You can also order an ice cream float which I thought was pretty cool! I haven’t had one of those since I was a kid!

I ordered the mint chip ice cream with a waffle cone. I’m a big ice cream lover so I was in heaven!

What are your favorite ice cream flavors?!

Waking Up With Turmeric Tea!

Turmeric is a spice and medicinal herb that has been used in primarily in India for many years!

I came across these benefits and decided to make my own turmeric tea. I have been making this tea at least twice a week in the morning to start my day.

To make my turmeric tea, I heat up a cup of water. Then I add about two dashes of turmeric powder along with a small dash of black pepper.

Yess I said black pepper lol! I know it sounds strange but research has shown that black pepper enhances the effects of the turmeric.

Curcumin is the most active ingredient in turmeric but it is not easily absorbed by the body. Black pepper has the compound piperine and when combined with turmeric, it helps with the absorption process of curcumin! Pretty cool right?! And don’t worry you don’t taste the spiciness of the black pepper in the tea.

So after you add two dashes of turmeric and a small dash of black pepper to your heated water, I squeeze in lemon and/or lime juice to add some flavor to it. Plus citrus is good for digestion as well! If you want you can also add a spoonful of honey for sweetness!

Here are a few benefits of consuming Turmeric!

-Boosts immune system

-Improves heart health

-Reduces inflammation

-Has antioxidant properties

Have you ever tried turmeric before?! If so, how do you use it?!

Sources: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric

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Virginia Farmer’s Market!

Today me and hubby had to do some grocery shopping and decided to check our local farmers market!

They had a shop that had all natural soaps, face wash, and lotions. We ended up buying a few all natural soaps to try out! They smell so good! =)

We bought a few canned goods as well like elderberry jelly, salsa, fresh unfiltered honey, pumpkin butter, and mango garlic hot sauce!

And we grabbed some produce as well, they had a variety of veggies and fruits.

I’ve been to a few farmers markets that are only open seasonally. But the cool thing about this farmers market is that they are opened all year round! So I’m definitely coming back! =)

Do you shop at the farmer’s market?

Birthday Fun!

So if you missed my previous post, yesterday was my birthday! 9/22!

I honestly didn’t want to do anything too big so I kept it very simple.

My hubby and I decided to go to this local skating rink. We haven’t been skating in so long so it was like nostalgia for me plus a good workout! Haha!

Later in the day, my family organized a catered dinner and ordered from the Mediterranean restaurant called Baladi.

They ordered falafel, chicken and beef wraps, chicken kebabs, and muhammarah!

When I tell you everything was delicious, OMG I came back for seconds and thirds! Lol. I normally don’t eat Mediterranean food but I am open to trying new dishes and this spot gets 10 stars from me! They did not disappoint!

They also ordered me a specialty cake from “Nothing But Bundt Cakes” with a white chocolate raspberry flavored cake! Mannn the whole night, I was saying that this cake was absolutely amazing! No lie I had 3 pieces, that’s how awesome it was!

I have to say a had a great birthday and I am grateful for my family for making it such a special day!