Monday, May 6, 2013

New Breakfast & Weekend Fun

Since I did the Conscious Cleanse in January, I have been having a green smoothie for breakfast pretty much every day. Before the cleanse, I had a green smoothie once in a while, but during the cleanse I got used to starting every day with plenty of greens. In addition to providing the body with lots of nutrients, greens (because of the nutrients) are supposed to help with food cravings. I didn’t have any cravings during the cleanse, which actually surprised me a bit (because I couldn’t eat quite a few foods I normally eat), and I still feel great starting the day with a green smoothie.

My smoothies are similar most days, but I do make sure to rotate the greens I use. Here is what my basic smoothie looks like:
  • A small banana (or half a banana)
  • Plenty of greens (spinach, kale, Swiss chard, etc.) 
  • Hemp seeds
  • Frozen fruit (peaches, strawberries, blueberries, mango, etc.)
  • A little stevia, if I use little fruit
  • Water
While I love my smoothies, I also know that variety is good when it comes to food. Plus, it’s not always possible to make a smoothie as I teach some very early classes and sometimes (although not often!), the kid is still sleeping by the time I leave well before seven (and I don’t want to wake him up). While I don’t always eat first thing in the morning, I do eat something in the morning on teaching days. If I don’t have a smoothie, I usually have a banana, plain yogurt (sometimes with a few vanilla stevia drops) and walnuts for breakfast.

Last month, Jessie at Happiness in Health posted about a breakfast she had on a trip to Switzerland and that had become a favorite of hers: Bircher Muesli. It’s basically a version of overnight oats, something I have been meaning to make for quite a while. I decided to make the Bircher muesli one day, and we loved it. Jessie has measurements on her blog (as well as some of the muesli’s history), but I basically just poured some old-fashioned rolled oats in a bowl and topped the oats with some milk and yogurt. The mixture had quite a bit of liquid. By the next morning a lot of the liquid was absorbed, but the muesli was still quite liquid.

I added banana slices, strawberries, and walnuts. I believe apple, banana, and pineapple are more traditional additions.


We had a fun weekend filled with swimming, soccer, and a sleepover.

We also explored a small bamboo forest, with many different types of bamboo from all over the world.
Bamboo Forest 03
Bamboo Forest 02
Bamboo Forest 01

The kid also got to have some fun in a small water pool in a giant bubble at a local arts festival.


Questions: What do you usually have for breakfast? Do you ever have overnight oats for breakfast? What’s your favorite breakfast? What was the highlight of your weekend?

Be well,
Andrea

28 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea! Well, my favorite thing of the weekend is just little conversations with my teen daughter. You know this, little moments are often the best moments. :D

    :-) Marion

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    1. Yes, little moments are often the best! :)

      Have a great week, Marion!

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  2. Yay, I'm so glad you liked it! I almost never measure, either, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't ;)

    That bamboo forest looks amazing! You two are so small next to the towering bamboo :) And that giant bubble looks like fun! The highlight of my weekend was probably the song our choir sang in church - very energetic!

    Have a great week, Andrea!

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    1. Well, I "can't" follow a recipe. :) And, yes, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't... ;)

      Have a great week, too!

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  3. Greta
    Tolle Bilder, das wäre auch alles was für mich. Eine gute Woche
    wünsche ich euch!

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    1. Wir wuenschen dir auch eine schoene Woche!

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  4. Looks like a fun weekend! I don't have a "usual" breakfast these days, though I do go on kicks for a few days in a row of a certain thing. I guess my latest kick is almond butter as a component of whatever breakfast I have: toast, fruit, cottage cheese, etc.

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    1. I've also been eating quite a bit of almond butter lately.

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  5. I always eat breakfast, lately during the week I do oats with protein powder, blueberries and almond butter. During weekend I like pancakes, and toasts with sunny eggs and mashed avocado.

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    1. Your pancakes always look good! I really miss eggs...

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  6. Looks like a fun weekend!

    Most of the times I eat Greek yogurt with fruit and muesli. Sometimes crackers with cheese or oatmeal (instant, not overnight). I try to make different things over the weekend but have to admit that especially during the weekend I often skip breakfast because I'm not hungry.

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  7. Looks like a fun weekend, and love the bamboo photos! My breakfasts vary from day to day, but I do love Bircher Muesli! My husband and I were engaged in Montreaux, Switzerland, and it was served every morning at the hotel where we stayed-brings back lots of good memories :-). Have a wonderful week!

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    1. I love food memories! :) Your Bircher Muesli memories are very special!

      Have a great week, too!

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  8. I love my smoothies too. I will do eggs if not smoothies. I'm not much of an oatmeal girl although we have Vigilant Eats Oatmeal at the office. Weekend...Fleetwood Mac at Jazz Fest, love that Stevie Nicks.

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    1. Sounds like a great weekend!

      Wish I could still eat eggs... I miss them...

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  9. Your breakfast looks tasty. My kids would love playing in the pool in that ball!

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    1. The giant balls were lots of fun!

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  10. That bubble in the water looks so fun! I would do smoothies more often, but my husband is usually still sleeping when I leave for work and its a tiny house. :D

    I am back to my parfaits the rest of this week until I buy some egg beaters, I prefer a savory breakfast over sweet.

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    1. Yup, smoothies are very noisy! :)

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  11. Oh Such a busy weekend...I never seen the this kind of pool bubbles...so much fun.
    Hope you are having a great week Andrea :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Hope you are having a great week, too!

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  12. I've been eating a lot of oatmeal lately and love the overnight oats but most of the time I don't get them made until I wake up so they only get to soak while I exercise. Even so they are delicious.

    Love that pool ball - what fun!

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    1. I usually don't make oats if I don't soak them overnight. I'll have to try them on days I forget and see if I like them soaked less...

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  13. I love smoothies for breakfast but only in the summer. I can't make myself do it when it's cold out. When it's cold, I want something hot!

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    1. I know where you are it's a lot colder than here, and I know I'd want a warm breakfast, too. I don't find it gets cold enough here for me to want a warm breakfast most days.

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  14. Love the pictures! I usually have eggs but I've recently been making an effort to vary my breakfasts a bit. I made granola the other day and it was great. I also love overnight oats when soaked in water in whey! Yum!!

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    1. Making granola is still on my list.

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