Spiced Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Hi Beauty’s,

I’m back on WordPress and I thought for the first post back why not talk about my favorite meal of the day and time of the day, Breakfast. Yep, it’s the goods. Breakfast is, if not, the most important meal of the day. It helps energize us and kickstart our bodies into go mode, giving us the fuel and nutrients we need to connect with the world.

This meal is especially important for the fastest growing members of our family, our children. Diving back into school routines, homework, after-school activities and everything else our lives consist of can be a lot to juggle – even for the masters. Even with no kids – career life, social life, and life in general can start becoming a giant to-do list — and when your to-do list has to-do lists that’s when you really know…it’s time to slow down and be still.

Yes, I just said ‘still’ — I know that word used to freak me out too — but trust me it’s a happy place when you allow it into your world – embrace it, nurture it and harbor it — your body, mind, and soul will thank you — and I think you’ll find out in due time that it’s a space, you too, will love.

Alright, alright – back to time. When time is limited, food choices & healthy eating is one of the first things to go…sad truth, but it happens…and that’s okay because I think I have an idea that might help. It’s what I call….cook once, eat multiple times. Be aware and prepare. Whoop, whoop.

Cook once, eat multiple times is a winner-winner chicken dinner mantra that I live by. Quinoa for example, is the main star of this breakfast bowl, and just a super star grain in general – giving our bodies the complex carbs, proteins, fiber among many other nutrients our body naturally thrives on. Cooking extra grains like quinoa, brown rice, and millet makes breakfast/lunch/dinner a little less daunting and way more enjoyable both for our bodies & minds. Plus, extra grains can be frozen and kept for up to a month – when you need that healthy meal in a hurry.

Feeding your body nutrient dense breakfast bowls gives you the energy and nutrients you need to stay happy, healthy, and whole – for all days to come.

Get cooking with whole grains & keep it simple. **Rinse quinoa before adding to water. Boil water, add grain, return to boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until liquid is absorbed and grain is tender. Fluff with Fork. Enjoy.

Grain: Quinoa ||| Grain/Liquid Ratio: 1:2 Cups ||| Time: 15-20min

Breakfast Bowl

Warm Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Breakfast Bowl (1 serving)

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Cooked Quinoa

1/4 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Apple Diced

1 tbsp Almond Butter

Dash of Cinnamon & Nutmeg

Optional Toppings: Chopped Almonds, Pecans, Currants, Fresh Mint, Honey, Coconut Shreds, Goji Berries

Instructions:

1. Sauté diced apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little dash of honey on med/low heat until softened and fragrant.

2. Add Almond milk to pan and simmer for 2 minutes before adding quinoa. Allow to warm and then transfer the heavenly mixture to your breakfast bowl.

3. Top with 1 tbsp almond butter, chopped nuts, currants, a drizzle of honey and some fresh mint & any other goodies you enjoy.

love and light. xx Ky

Sweet tooth

After indulging in copious amounts of sweets this weekend in Vancouver I have been having a major sweet tooth moment. sugar remorse. haha oh the joys of a sugar addiction. Oh well, what are you going to do. To try and help me stay away from eating everything sweet and nightly fro-yo sesh’s, I turned to my food processor and this amazing raw chocolate chip cookie dough brownie bite recipe my fav. trainer Gabbi showed me.

These little bites are incredible…and a much better choice when it comes to those inevitable sweet tooth cravings.

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how cute, right?? plus when you do little bites – instant portion control. Score!

Recipe found here.

From one sweet tooth to another. Enjoy!

xx. Ky

 

Oh Vancouver, what a gem you are.

I think there is a general consensus with all people who have traveled to Vancouver — it’s a gem! With a lively downtown, a foodies dream, and an outdoorsman’s wish – the lush city of Vancouver has so much to offer. Farmer’s markets, Granville Island, South Granville, amazing parks, aquariums, shopping and just to top it off amazing views of the ocean and lush mountains!! Ahh, I just loved every second of this laid back vacation!

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Another bonus for this sun baby — the sun shines until 10 pm in Vancouvey!

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my little gem, himself.

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Breakfast @ the Rosewood = best almond milk latte & light snacks!

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fresh produce & tasty treats were in abundance @ the public market on Granville Island.

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Lee’s donuts @ the public market alone are worth the trip

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bella gelato – 1st place winner @ the largest gelato comp in Florence – aka had to happen.

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Rodney’s Oyster House was our fav. place – loved the laid back atmosphere & food!

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dig in. yum.

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Cafe Medina for brunch – this waffle will forever be in my heart. haha deadly

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who doesn’t love a deconstructed plate of perfection?

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if you love learning & seeing all the beautiful creatures check out the Vancouver Aquarium!

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cheers to a great trip & blessed memories!

I know we will be visiting Vancouver over and over again because it’s just that good — plus it’s only a 2 hour 20 min flight?? Done and done. It’s a perfect weekend get-a-way location that offers so much!

ps. pack comfy shoes.

What is your favorite weekend get-a-way? Vancouver spots? 

Enjoy your day beauts! xx. Ky