Favorite foods: Breakfast edition

I love breakfast.

Sometimes, breakfast can become repetitive and boring (cereal, oatmeal, scrambled eggs). Although we still love our boring breakfast meals, we have been trying to be a little more creative with breakfast.

So I would like to share a few of our favorite breakfast dishes:

Reduced fat Quiche

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First I will start off with quiche. I didn’t realize how easy and healthy quiche could be! This is my version of a lower fat healthy quiche:

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup of low fat milk
  • 2/3 cup-1 cup of low fat cheese {whatever you prefer: parmesan, mozzarella, swiss, cheddar, ext.}
  • spices {salt, peper, oregano, rosemary, thyme, paprika, chilli powder, basil, and/or parsley}
  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • A handful of your choice of veggie
  • A handful of meat {usually I make veggie quiche, but sometimes we throw some ham in there}

I buy frozen reduced fat pastry at the store. Then I mix 2 eggs and 3 egg whites with a little bit of low fat milk and low fat cheese (whatever we have on hand). I season the eggs with a variety of spices (I pick the spice depending on what we are craving that day.) I slightly butter my glass baking dish, place the puff pastry, and pour in the egg mixture. Lastly, I add our favorite veggies: broccoli, asparagus, spinach, carrots, zucchini, ext. I pop this into the oven for about 20-25 minutes at 350°. You know it’s ready when the top of the quiche looks solid and slightly golden.

Yogurt breakfast bowls:

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Oh the possibilities! I love things like this that change slightly with whatever ingredients you have on hand. Plus, I think this is an easy way to get a ton of your required of nutrients for the day. Here’s what I put in mine:

  • 1 cup of greek yogurt {we buy the plain light greek yogurt}
  • 2 teaspoons of honey {or brown sugar}
  • 3 teaspoons of chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Toppings:
    • Any kind of whole grain {currently we have Millet puffs, and we use uncooked oatmeal as well, granola works great}
    • Any fruit that you enjoy
    • Any kind of nuts
    • Coconut flakes
    • Spices such as cinnamon

Mix the greek yogurt, honey, vanilla, and chia seeds in a bowl. Add your desired toppings, and ENJOY!

 

Coconut Rice & Pomegrante Porridge

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So this recipe I actually found online. It was SO YUMMY! Also, it’s gluten free! If you want to check out the recipe click here  or click the picture.

Let me know if you have tried any of these before, or if there is something special you add to your food that we have to try!

Enjoy!

Increasing the Veggies!

So every week we try to brainstorm ways to make improvements to the meals we buy. The past two weeks we have been trying to focus on buying and incorporating more vegetables in our diet. Every week we have tried new vegetables that we normally wouldn’t have picked such as: artichoke, zucchini, and beats.  Other tweaks we have made over the past few weeks: transitioning to a lower calorie milk such as almond milk (that one is more of a tweak for me), eating more healthy snacks through the day (almonds, fruit, greek yogurt, ect.), and buying higher quality grass fed lean meats.

Here are a few of our past meals for our photo food diary:

Steak & Veggies

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I made focaccia bread as an appetizer with an olive oil dipping sauce. Steak is self explanatory: grass fed beef seasoned with rosemary, garlic, salt, and pepper. For a side we had a roasted veggie medley of  beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, and celery.

Steak and Veggie stir fry

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Stir fry is a great way to throw a bunch of the veggies that you have left over for the week into a pan with a little bit of soy sauce. Here we had baby corn, peas, broccoli, and yellow peppers. For the noodles we used vietnamese vermicelli rice noodles. If you haven’t tried them before give it a shot! It’s a great alternative to regular pasta especially for those who are on a gluten free diet.

 

Mexican Burrito Bowl

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This was probably one of my favorite meals of the week as well as the healthiest! Where do I start: corn, black beans, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, and breaded chicken over a bed of brown rice. For the breading  I mixed a small amount of flour with taco seasoning, coated the chicken, then lightly fried it in coconut oil. Super yummy.

 

We’ve learned that a common greeting everyone uses here is “Cheers.”

In the spirt of the kiwi’s: Cheers everyone!