Staying true to eating clean and healthy can be hard when you have a full time job as well as other responsibilities to take care of during the week. I can tell you from my own experience that it does take time to plan and prep, but that is why being healthy is a lifestyle… small changes (or big ones) to your daily routine can help make eating clean a part of your life rather than feeling like a chore.
Something as simple as sleeping earlier in order to gain a solid 7-8 hours of sleep will help keep you energized for the next day and even allow you to wake up earlier and prep your meal for the day. Eating breakfast is another huge change for me – after only a week of consistent big breakfasts, I noticed that I was more productive, attentive and energetic than I had been without my morning meals. Think about it… for almost 8 hours you haven’t eaten… and you expect to start your day at 100% without feeding your body? No ooooooooo way LOL (that is honestly the most simple way I could put it… seems silly right?!) Anyways, I’ll get back to yesterday’s breakfast smoothie haha… BUT I really do encourage you to consider incorporating the above small changes into your day = )
Yesterday’s Verry Berry Smoothie was so delicious I made it 3 days in a row this week. A mix of frozen berries (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries), obviously plain Greek yogurt, some OASIS Strawberry Banana juice and finally Tropicana Lemonade. I feel terrible that I haven’t had a chance to share my meals this past week, but I started a new job with HBC on Monday and I’ve only had the time to plan, prep and eat my meals since my drive to Brampton is a bit of a road trip every morning lol… but I’m really hoping to make time starting next week to take pictures of my healthy breakfast and work meals.
As much as I love eating food, I’m also one who appreciates the art of presenting it. The gorgeous colours that each element adds to the full canvas is simply breathtaking to me… and healthy/nutritious foods, although some would say are boring, I find to be the most stunning, visually speaking. Finding beauty in everything around us is easy… it’s just a matter of opening our eyes and minds.
Getting back on track lol… Today’s brunch consisted of the same ingredients as yesterday’s mini toast, but were prepared in a slightly different way.
It’s amazing how many different ways avocados can be consumed… in yesterday’s post, I mentioned that I thought about creating an avocado paste… well here I did just that (it’s mixed with a pinch of black pepper for added flavour). Grape tomatoes make for delicious toppings on almost everything… the avocados and tomatoes work really well together as a flavour combination… definitely a must try!
For the other half of my bagel, I decided to change things up by adding the roasted red pepper hummus as a spread, topped with a sliced garlic pickle. Jalapenos also work well as toppings if you’re not much of a pickle lover… or even cucumbers.
Who said you couldn’t have dessert after breakfast or brunch?! Peanut butter is an awesome source of protein, but can be very fattening, so a thin spread of it on mini toast is a good way to go for an early meal. Apples are my favourite fruit to pair with peanut butter… the sweet and salty combination makes for one hell of a party in your mouth… plus the mini toast adds some extra crunch and balances out the bold flavours. This sweet treat kinda reminds me of the apple crumble smoothie I made a while back (Mmmm so good!)
Smoothie time! So my favourite juice brand at the moment is OASIS – if you haven’t heard of them… check it out, you can find it in any grocery store. They make the best juices, smoothie juice, etc. Recently they introduced 3 new flavours… one was a chocolate banana (which tastes really bomb), the other was a sunshine blend which I believe is a mix of citrus flavours (but this one is even healthier than the others… awesome!!) and the last is a green smoothie blend (mix of kiwi, banana and mango). I have to admit, I’m not a HUGE fan of the green blend by OASIS, but hey, our taste buds are bound to disagree with some things. However, I really loved the combination of fruits they had incorporated in the green smoothie… so naturally I decided to try my own version!
The above picture clearly shows just how fruit packed my smoothies usually are… the 3 fruits (mango, banana and kiwi) topped with 0% Plain Greek Yogurt and finished off with skim milk to make it drinkable.
As a little something extra, I added a few whole grapes into the already blended smoothie – the grapes gave this already fruitful smoothie a nice kick (hence the name, kiwi kicker).
So… if you haven’t already tried OASIS fruit juices and smoothies… get on the bandwagon… your taste buds will thank you for it. You can even replace the milk with the juice blends if you wish to… depending on the mix of ingredients in your smoothie, choose a complimentary juice to use as a thinner.
Happy Smoothie Making!