When we try to please others, we may change ourselves to make others happy, but then we are left feeling unsatisfied. We are just deceiving those people and ourselves because that is not who we truly are. Be careful with people pleasing.
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?
Do you feel like you lose yourself in friendships or relationships? You feel like you give more than you receive or you’re unsure of where you stand with your significant other or friend?
Try doing a relationship review and see what agreements you made consciously or unconsciously. Ask yourself if you feel safe to relax and be your authentic self around this person. If not, try establishing healthier boundaries or you may have to really consider whether you should end that relationship all together for the sake of your sanity.
A part of self care is learning to love yourself by establishing healthy relationships with others. Before we can spread love to others, we must learn to love ourselves.
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
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!
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!
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!
I haven’t had a fruit smoothie in a while so I decided to make one this morning!
Here are the ingredients and their benefits:
-Strawberries: contains vitamin C which is great for immune system and skin health
-Bananas: contains vitamin B6 which helps maintain a healthy immune system, contains potassium which helps control high blood pressure
-Kiwi: helps reduce blood clotting, aids in better digestion
Maca powder: boosts energy and endurance
Chia seeds: has high fiber and protein content
Greek yogurt: contains probiotics for better gut health
Spring mix greens: rich in folic acid, iron, and vitamins A, C, K, and B6
Black seed oil: high in antioxidants and may lower blood sugar levels
I added a handful of strawberries, one banana, one kiwi, 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, 1 tsp of chia seeds, 1 tsp Maca powder, 1/4 tsp black seed oil(has a very strong taste so be careful lol), a handful of spring mix greens, and a little water to help everything blend well!
I’ve never tried this combo before but it was pretty good!
*Make sure to check with your doctor before adding anything new to your diet*
I had to run a few errands this morning and had a craving for something super healthy lol.
So I found that awesome juice bar called Juices For Life and I ordered a drink called “Revive”.
It’s made of carrots, ginger, beets, and grape ginger. It was so good and had a nice bite of spice from the ginger (which is my fav!). It’s just what I needed to give me energy this morning to run around the city! =D
What do you prefer, Do you fruit smoothies or freshly made juices? Or both?!