Breakfast Groats (what’s a groat?)

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I found this recipe from Laura Miller’s Sidesaddle Kitchen  on her youtube channel who’s tag line is RAW. VEGAN. NOT GROSS. She’s awesome and hilarious and always posts the curtest veggie selfies.

This is a wonderful non smoothie breakfast that you can eat as a cereal or mix with fruit and add a cashew cream. I had no idea what buckwheat groats were. It’s often sold ground up so you can make an oatmeal like hot cereal but for this you’ll need the whole groat which is a seed.

You need to soak some stuff for a few hours so don’t try and make this when you’re super hungry and ready to eat.

I soaked my 2 cups of buckwheat groats overnight.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?

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Cereal:
2 cups buckwheat groats, soaked 1 hour
1/2 c maple syrup
2 t cinnamon
1 t salt
1/8 t stevia (I used coconut sugar mixed with stevia)

Cereal
1. Soak buckwheat groats for at least one hour, then rinse
2. Combine all remaining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl
3. Mix thoroughly
4. Spread on a teflex sheet and dehydrate overnight or bake on a silpat in oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour (
5. Pour milk over it. Cereal. Done. (Or keep reading for an even better way of eating it!)

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Baked Apples: (optional)
2 apples
1 T coconut oil
1 t vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 t cinnamon


Cut two apples into small slices, toss with coconut oil, vanilla, salt and cinnamon
Spread onto a teflex sheet and dehydrate overnight, or bake on a silpat sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour

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Cashew Cream: (optional)
2 cups cashews
½ cup maple syrup
¼ cup lemon juice
1 t vanilla extract
pinch of salt
½ cup coconut oil

Cashew Cream
1. Soak cashews for at least 1 hour, then strain and add to food processor
2. Add maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, salt and coconut oil then blend
3. Assemble by placing roasted apples, crumble, and optional cream in layers to make a
breakfast parfait

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I layer the groats, apples, then cream until I reached the top of my jar. It was sooo good. It tasted like I should be sneaking out of bed in the middle of the night to stuff my face while feeling like I’m going to get caught. Also I could hardly finish the whole freakin’ jar but a half full jar wouldn’t have made for a very good picture. Tomorrow I’m eating this  s with some blueberries. ImageImage

CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP

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No Time for Breakfast?!

Remember that time (all those times) you skipped breakfast because you can’t find the time in the morning to get something in your belly before you head out? Well have I got a solution for you. Do it NOW! Smoothies are a go to raw breakfast. Just chop up everything you’ll need (which will take you all of 1 minutes to peel and slice a banana and cut the tops off a few strawberries). Throw it in your to go cup and pop it in the fridge.

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In the morning all you’ll have to do it add your liquid of choice (today was fresh young coconut water, which if you’re cutting that sucker up in the morning you probably won’t save any time at all haha. Just use OJ, or a non dairy milk!

SLURP SLURP SLURP!

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Raw Day 2 Breakfast

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It’s not from Kristina’s site. But it’s raw! (well i used almond milk from the store…is that raw?)

2 bananas

3 big strawberries

and handful of each:

blueberries, raspberries, blackberries

1 stick of celery

OJ and almond milk

* made 32oz of this. I need a bigger glass!

Day one started off OK. I had to run to the restroom a lot after about 45 oz of that juice. Lunch was a big salad and that was delicious. I didn’t really plan ahead and just drank juice for dinner and that left me feeling crappy. I’m going to plan now for dinner and hopefully it will start to get easier pretty soon.

Thanks for all the support, friends! Let me know if you’ve tried raw and how it went for you!

SIP SIP SIP!!!

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Smooth(ie) Move Monday

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I’m smoothie experimenting. I threw in a bunch of things and this was the delicious result!

1 large banana

4 pitted dates (I warmed them in a bit of water in the microwave so soften them up before blending)

1 spoonful of peanut butter

1 spoonful of cocoa powder

a small splash of vanilla

a small scoop of coconut butter

enough almond (or any non dairy milk) to almost cover the other ingredients

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Blend and SLURP SLURP SLURP!

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It’s a Pancakes and Beyonce Kinda Day.

I love breakfast and being vegan makes breakfast outside of the house a little tricky unless you want oatmeal and toast.

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So, to celebrate the new Beyonce album I made myself my favorite breakfast. Banana Pancakes! really like the Post Punk Kitchen recipe. I just add doubled (sometimes double and a half)  the vanilla and two very ripe mashed bananas.

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Here is the recipe from the Post Punk Kitchen site.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

1 cup almond milk (or soy milk)
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center.

Measure the milk into a measuring cup. Add vinegar and ground flax seeds, and use a fork to vigorously mix the ingredients until foamy. This will take a minute or so.

Pour the milk mixture into the center of the dry ingredients. Add the water, canola oil and vanilla  and mashed bananas and use a fork to mix until a thick, lumpy batter forms. That should take about a minute. It doesn’t need to be smooth, just make sure you get all the ingredients incorporated.

Preheat the pan over medium-low heat and let the batter rest for 10 minutes.

Lightly coat the pan in oil. Add 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake, and cook for about 4 minutes, until puffy. Flip the pancakes, adding a new coat of oil to the pan, and cook for another 3 minutes or so. Pancake should be about an inch thick, and golden brown.

For the Berries I just washed a couple handfuls of berries and threw them on a pot. I occasionally added a little water and kept stirring it. After the berries had released some juice I added maybe 1.5 – 2 tablespoons of sugar and just kept stirring until it looked ok.

CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP!

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FIBER!

OK shall we have the fiber talk? If you’re eating a plant based diet you know fiber is not a problem and you’re guts are feelin’ great all day ‘erry day? Am I right?

If you’re eatin’ meat or are a junk food vegetarian or vegan…let me let you in on a little breakfast magic:

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Rip’s Big Bowl  from the Engine 2 Diet is almost always what I eat for breakfast. I watched The Engine 2 Diet on Netflicks (it was only like 34 minutes) and he talked about this breakfast and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Rip’s Big Bowl:

1/4 cup raw old-fashioned oats

1/4 cup Grape Nuts or Ezekiel brand equivalent

1/4 cup bite-size shredded wheat

1/4 cup Uncle Sam cereal

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal

2 tablespoons raisins (I like golden raisins)

 2 tablespoons walnuts

Then just add as much fruit as you’re belly tells you. I always add banana and some kind of berry. I also added dried cherries today which were OK.

Then add non dairy milk (no cholesterol!) and have at it!

All these ingredients were super easy to find and mostly pretty cheap.

*TIP do you self a favor and make a huge batch of premixed cereal so in the mornings you don’t have to open 7 containers to make it. I use a big round tupperware and just take a scoop of that every mornings; it’s so much easier.

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CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP

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Set Yourself Up for Healthy Eating Success

We all see an awesome recipe and say, “I’m going to make that!” or “I’m going to start eating better!” and then most of the time we don’t…or at least that’s what I do.

Soooo…I have been doing my best to follow through with these promises.

When I first became vegetarian I was a total junk food veg head. Cereal all day everyday,unfrosted pop tarts, pasta, carbs, carbs, carbs, and not a lot of fruit or veggies. So here is a good tip for new vegetarians/vegans:

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Prechop! Go to the store and buy all the fruits and veggies you tell yourself you’re going  to eat and then take some time (15 minutes or so) when you get home to just prep them all at once so when you need them you can just grab and use them instead of having to wash, peel, seed,chop, slice, and!

I love smoothies in the morning and don’t want to take a lot time to make them; I’m hungry NOW damn it! I just did it for my smoothie stuff but it’s great to do with onions, carrots, celery, even garlic (just store it in a tiny glass jar with some olive oil for the week).

ImageI’ve never had a papaya so when I cut this sucker open I couldn’t stop staring at the seeds and playing with them. Can you eat those?! They look like baby boba.

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ImageFrozen bananas are the cool kids of smoothie ingredients. When I first tried this years ago, I just stuck a whole banana in the freezer. DUMB. You have to slice it and if they don’t touch when your freeze them it makes life much easier. Here I laid them out on a small cookie sheet and covered them with some parchment paper.

ImageImage Toss those bad boys in the fridge pop um out for snacks and smoothie!

CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP and SLUP SLUP SLUP!

Breakfast of Champions (and everyone else)

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I know previously posted a watermelon smoothie, but it’s my new favorite thing and I do what I want! I’m really the opposite of a watermelon fan but in smoothies they become magical.

For the Smoothie:

Watermelon

Figs

Banana

Nectarine

Almond milk (or any non dairy milk)

OJ (the drink not the murdered)

Ice

*I usually use strawberries and it gives it a more vibrant color and really refreshing taste but I was out today.  Also I only used half a banana because the taste can over power the other flavors sometimes. But add in whatever you like! No rules here!

For the Toast:

Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin  Bread (or whatever)

Vegan Cream Cheese (I used Trader Joe’s)

Nectarine and Figs (or any fresh fruit)

Salt and Brown sugar

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For the smoothie: Blend everything but the ice then add the ice (crushed ice blends better without the big chunks) and then give another quick blend.

For the Toast: Toast the bread, add cream cheese then fruit. I found the figs were not as flavorful as I had hoped so I added a tiny pinch f salt and a pinch of brown sugar over the top and WOW; It really brought the flavor out.

This is my go to breakfast for the week.

*Not pictured is the handful of potato chips I also had with breakfast*

Chomp Chomp Chomp!

Banana Oatmeal and Watermelon Smoothie

I am a fan of oatmeal and like to make big pots and portion it into jars to eat throughout the week, but as of late I find that I have been making too much and not finishing it. I found this single serving of baked oatmeal on angie and james do stuff  who adapted the recipe from chocolate-covered katie. It was sooo good and I can eat all day everyday but this filled me up really fast (with the smoothie too).

So here is my go at the oatmeal along with a refreshing watermelon smoothie (and I HATE watermelon but this was delicious!)

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Preheat oven to 220°

1 small banana, mashed
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/8 t ground nutmeg
1/8 t of salt
1/4 t vanilla
Just under a Tablespon on vegan sugar 1 t chia seeds 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/4 cup milk of choice. I use vanilla almond milk

Mash your banana until it’s not lumpy

add all ingredients except oats and milk.

mix together with a fork

add oats and milk and mix again

pour into ramekin (I’ve been looking to use that thing!)

bake for 20 minutes and CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP

Now you have some time to clean up and when you have a few minutes of bake time remaining you can make your smoothie!

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No measuring here, dudes, smoothies don’t play by the rules.
Raspberries
Strawberries
Watermelon (more of this than the berries)
Banana
Almond Milk (or whatever you prefer)
OJ
Vanilla,
Chia Seeds
Ice

Directions: BLEND! I like to blend everything then add the crushed ice and give it another quick blend so the ice doesn’t get too small and melt.

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