Breakfast! Its the best!

Oh how I love breakfast.. breakfast dates, breakfast on the go, breakfast in bed, sunday breakfast with the fam… any type of breakfast! ITS JUST AMAZING! Nothing better than waking up and thinking about all of the endless possibilities breakfast can deliver…and a good coffee.

I will probably will propose to you if you bring me coffee without me asking for one…. Just sayin’

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I have a dream that one day I will open up a cute cafe somewhere, maybs in the country or even in the burbs… but it will be world famous and people will come for miles just to have my coffee and breakfast… & Breakfast available all day, ALL DAY LONG! It’ll happen! … Just someone give me the six magic numbers or sponsor me. Yep!

Breakfast, Don’t you forget about me….

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There are so many benefits from eating breakfast… and as if you dont want to eat breakfast (best meal of the day obv!) When people say that they dont like breakfast or they skip it, I feel as though its a personal attack. I take it sooo personally – only because I cant comprehend why anyone would not want to eat it! Eating breakfast not only kick starts your metabolism for the day, but it fills you up so you’re not binge eating during the day! (…My weakness… you put food in front of me & no doubt i’ll eat it)

Breakfast has been proven to increase your memory – Yep! Studies on adults and young people have shown that people who dont eat breakfast under-performed on short-term memory tests compared to people who ate breakfast!

More than one study done on adults (and young people) found those who had nothing for breakfast underperformed on short-term memory tests compared to those who’d had their first meal.
So lets think of our body like a car – If we dont put fuel in a car, it doesn’t start does it? (Unless its one of those electric cars.. so when the geniuses of the world design a human that can function simply by sitting on a power adapter, we can compare ourselves to the electric cars…but no.) WE NEED BREAKFAST LIKE A CAR NEEDS FUEL!

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But it’s also imperative to make the right choices! This goes with everything else we put in our mouth… Don’t fill up on some cheap sugary cereal or cinnamon toast because that’ll just make you hungry in 0.5 of a second. MUST RESIST…SUGAR…

Flaxseed from health food stores is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which you can grind and add to lowfat cereal, yogurt, cottage cheese and smoothies.

  • CoYo (coconut yoghurt) parfait layered with fresh fruit and cereal, nuts or raisins
  • CoYo mixed with fresh fruit in a blender for a vitamin-rich smoothie – Or even a protein shake!
  • Green smoothie/juice
  • G/F toast or Rice cakes with a little peanut butter and banana slices
  • Protein Pancakes
  • Instant or quick-cooking oatmeal or homemade granola (Recipe coming sooon!…watch this space)
  • Poached eggs on toast etc etc…
    Look, the list can go on forever…

I have spent most of my life being bought up around breakfast, whether its been growing up and spending every second weekend at dads house, going to the markets or a quick dash to the grocery store to grab what we needed to make a masterpiece for breakfast! I remember when my older sister and I use to go to dads, we would look forward to the food mostly! While lying in bed we (well mainly me, Jess would think I was lame) would be trying to guess what dad would be cooking by attempting to smell what was coming from the kitchen (I never got it right though!)
My favourite thing he made was spanish eggs.. or pancakes! Yes! Pancakes! They were/still are my favourite! We would experiment with the pancakes.. making them thin, thick, fluffy, australian style, croatian style… ya get ma drift! So we now know that I love pancakes!

So this morning I decided I would experiment with pancakes & make them out of Oats… mainly because i have a huggggeee supply of oats from Costco & I must do somethings with them…

I saw this little recipe the other day on Pinterest for a muffin in a mug… Basically oats, an egg, berries, stevia & a splash of milk. So this morning I played around with the recipe a little bit with what we had (because i’m currently living on rations… i’m a poor uni student & my car just cost me my arm, leg and part of my kidney…) & I came up with this cheeky creation!

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Oat Pancakes

Ingredients 

about a cup of oats blended down into a flour 
1 whole egg & 1 egg white – beaten up nice & fluffy
bitta cinnamon
about a scoop of vanilla protein powder 
a tablespoon of stevia 
splash of vanilla essence
a decent amount of milk (almond or soy… or whatever milk you wanna use)

Method 

Mix all of the dry ingredients together & then combine with the eggs. When adding the milk, make sure you remember that the oats absorb a lot of liquid, so you may have to put more in the mixture while you’re waiting for the pancakes to cook….

My first pancake turned out more like a biscuit, so as I said, you may need to keep adding milk.

To serve, I drowned mine in berries and a splash of maple syrup… so gooooood!

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Rise & shine princess!

I know I’m not the only one who struggles to wake up and get out of bed in the morning… But as soon as my alarm goes off I don’t think about what i have to do that day or what to wear (although that’s a close second).. I automatically think about what I am going to eat when I get up.

I seriously don’t know how I am not obese, all I do is think about & eat food!!

Growing up my Baka (which is Croatian for grandma) use to make theeee best foods! 👌But hey, so do every wog grandparents and parents! I remember going there on the school holidays and she would spend hours and hours in the kitchen cooking… And only with one arm! What a legend! She was in a tragic car accident when she was younger and her arm had to be amputated… But she manages to sew, cook, clean, garden… so just about everything!
Anyways… She use to have every element on the stove on, with pots sizzling & boiling away. The aromas in the air stick to you and you can smell the lard and all the fatty goodness for days after you leave… (I guess we’re suppose to shower right? Naaahhh overrated!) but that was how she got her foods to taste so good! Fry everything off in lard! Her chicken schnitzels are TO DIE FOR! Fo Realz!
They are that good, but only cause it’s dripping in lard… And don’t get me started on her chips…ohmygod, I could sit here all day and tell you how amazing her food is… And then we get onto the traditional Croatian foods & cakes… Man, I probably should start a new blog for all of that! One day I’ll fill you in on the secrets (when I learn to translate the recipes into English!)

Anyways, this morning I struggled to get out of bed for gym… my immune system is buggered from all the anesthetic pumped through my body when I was younger, so as soon as theres a change in the weather my body shuts down… yipppeeeee
So this morning instead of having my usual smoothie i had a double espresso protein shake!

Zazzooossss! WAKE UP ELLA!!
Tell you what.. it woke me up! Kinda felt like one minute dead, nek minute – come at me world!…whilst satisfying my taste buds.

Banana smoothie

 

(Not my picture- But its exactly what it looked like.. & I drank it too quickly to get a pic…whoopsie)

Banana Espresso Protein Shake

Ingredients
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup ice
250mL Almond Milk
2 scoops vanilla protein powder (i use Maxine’s Burn )
Double espresso shot
2 teaspoon of almond butter
Stevia to taste
Chia seeds

Method
Blend it reeaallll good!

VAVOOM!

There’ll be leftovers, so just put it in the fridge or take to work/uni/whatever you do & have it later!

Xoxo Love Ella