B R U N C H ; sunny side up

brunch, dip, rye bread, sunny side up eggs

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Nothing like some sunny side up eggs for brunch on a snow filled Wednesday morning NomNomNomNom

Probably my favourite kind of egg… sunny side ups are easy to make and taste great with fresh bread. Today, I decided to have my eggs poached on top of the rye bread slices; sprinkling ground black pepper and Italian herbs for garnish. They’re quick and easy to eat with your hands or if you’re feeling classy, a knife and fork works too lol

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As a side, I chose to slice a garlic pickle and also set some roasted red pepper hummus in a bowl to use as a dip. All of the flavours combined were delicious… and definitely satisfying. Eggs are a great source of protein and are an excellent way to provide your body with the necessary nutrients it needs to start your day. Try incorporating eggs into your breakfast in anyway you enjoy most and you’ll notice a huge difference both mentally and physically.

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B R E A K F A S T ; smoothie & dip bowl

breakfast, dip, smoothie

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Today was a lazy morning for me… I didn’t want to put much thought into breakfast, but needed a filling fix to jump start my day. Making something was not an option, so the next best thing was a dip bowl full of some of my favourite foods. Greek yogurt would have been my first option as the dip, but instead I made a smoothie that had Greek yogurt in the mix (keep reading to check out today’s smoothie of the day). Dip bowls are also great for lunch at work, as a party dish, or even a mid-day snack.

As you may have noticed… many of these yummy elements have been featured in my previous posts; it’s so important to find nutritious foods that you love and are able to incorporate into meals throughout your day while preparing them in various ways to keep your foods exciting. My dip bowl was packed with fresh baby carrots, sliced cucumber, diced marble cheese, grape tomatoes and roasted red pepper hummus.

So… What’s in your bowl?!

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#SmoothieOfTheDay – Mango Fusion Smoothie

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Today’s Mango Fusion Smoothie was so thick and flavourful, I had no choice but to scoop it with a spoon. A blend of frozen mango chunks and strawberries, plain Greek yogurt and OASIS Sunshine Blend Fruit Juice made for one heck of a nutritious breakfast smoothie. Full of protein and natural sugar, not to mention super easy to make, it was exactly what I needed to start my day.

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B R U N C H ; sweet & savoury

bagel, brunch, fruit, mini toast

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!)