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ask the nutritionist: breakfast on the go

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Breakfast is often times the first meal that we neglect, whether we are trying to skip meals or would prefer to spend the extra time sleeping. But as we’ve been told since we were young, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and there really is some truth to that. We’ve been “fasting” all night and we need some energy to focus and perform our best, whether it be at school, work, or play.

When I was in high school, eating breakfast, was like, totally not important to me. I was focused on the essentials: finding the perfect Abercrombie & Fitch outfit and making sure my bangs were curled just so.  My mother being oh-so-wise would make fresh waffles for my brother and I, which if we couldn’t eat whilst getting ready for school, we could take along in the car with us. Very Pleasantville of her, don’t you think?

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Abercrombie & Fitch is no longer cool (I don’t think?), my bangs no longer need curling and I’ve fully embraced breakfast. My day just wouldn’t be the same without it, nor would you want to be in my presence if it was missed.  Here are some of my breakfast staples – I often eat my meals in courses- an egg at home first thing and then something a little more substantial at work. I prefer splitting my meals up a bit, but obviously everyone will have different preferences!

Normal Breakfast:

  • First Course: Coffee and Coconut Creamer
  • Second Course: An Organic Egg (fried or hard boiled)
  • Third Course: Oatmeal & Peanut Butter, Hemp or Sprouted Bagel or Smoothie

Oddly enough, I rarely find the need to switch up my breakfasts, I love having a combination of proteins, fats and carbs. On weekends at home the taster will often make some omelets or something a little more exciting! (ie. bacon) But if you like some variety, here are some other ideas:

  • Cedarlane’s ready-to-go omelette
  • hard boiled egg and slice of sprouted bread
  • fruit, bread and peanut butter/almond butter
  • greek yogurt, cereal and peanut butter/almond butter
  • smoothie: almond/coconut milk, juice, spinach, fruit, amazing grass and/or protein powder, flax seeds, chia seeds, etc.

Do you eat the same things for breakfast or do you have to switch it up?

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boston

Last weekend the taster and I spent an amazing few days in Boston. That is what I love about vacation. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing, but bumming around a city, soaking up whatever I can, is my idea of a perfection.

I hadn’t been to Boston in a few years and complete with the tasters love for history we managed to squeeze in a trip to a museum, a history tour, a baseball game, a wedding, seeing both sides of our families and of course, a lot of delicious food.

First time having pho, and now officially addicted. Any Minneapolis recommendations for me?

Kennedy Library Museum

Seafood, Seafood, Seafood

Red Sox Game

Many trips to Dunkin Donuts.

Your boys Patty! 🙂

And a beautiful wedding to top things off!

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biscuits

Baking. It was on my weekend to-do list and for the first weekend in a few, it wasn’t ignored and it actually happened. I was debating between pumpkin scones and english muffins but I decided on biscuits because that little packet of yeast required for the english muffins makes me so nervous! (Next weekend I’ll have to include yeast on the to-do list!)

The recipe sounded easy enough and I appreciated the flour substitution suggestions – I ended up using 2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour. This ratio worked well, I couldn’t even tell there was any whole-grain flour. (Which may be important for some)

They were fabulous with some butter, jam and coffee and also made a fabulous egg sandwich for brunch.

Can I call myself a baker yet?

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Caribou’s Dark Chocolate Mint Mocha

 

“We’ve raised the bar. The chocolate bar that is.”

Yes Caribou, you have.

I had my 1st Mint Dark Chocolate Mocha of the season – I do these things for you, you know 😉 And there are times when chocolate must be consumed before 9 AM. I rarely get fun drinks like this but Mint Mochas even trump Pumpkin Spice lattes  in my book! I always get these drinks with less syrup, less chocolate , no whip and no extras – and with skim or soy. (Yes, I’m sure I drive the barista absolutely crazy) Even with these adjustments this drink was so incredibly rich, chocolaty and PERFECT!

“Our chocolate drinks are now handcrafted with gourmet Guittard chocolate. We steam real pieces of dark, milk or white chocolate into milk to create the ultimate mocha experience”

Just do yourself the favor and go get one. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Taste of Fall: Pumpkin Spice Coffee

I’m a coffee drinker. (yes, I know some of you out there probably don’t agree with that) but I drink about 1-2 cups/day. And I’m fine with that. Oh, I use 1/2 & 1/2 too. (gasp!) Coffee has been part of my morning routine and for that I love it!

The other day I feel in love all over again. Pumpkin spice coffee, where have you been all of my life?  This was like a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte but with no sweetener or sugar added. Yet perfectly frothy. How you may ask?

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The aerolatte (which is a frother), warm 1/2 & 1/2 and some Green Mountain pumpkin spice coffee. Simply froth and brew.

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This has been the best coffee I’ve had in a while. I can’t wait for some more “Holiday” inspired coffee in the near future…I’ve heard Gingerbread is also delish…

Side Note: I generally use the re-usable filter and fill with my own coffee because the plastic “k-cups” are in no way, shape or form good for the environment but I did HAVE to try these out!

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New Orleans Classics: Cafe du Monde & Mother’s

Warning: None of the food in this post can be claimed as healthy. But when in New Orleans I threw caution to the wind and went for the full experience! (Complete with a visit to Cindy the alligator) I really enjoyed my time in New Orleans, aka the food and the music….and of course spending time with my family! 🙂
Here are a few food staples in New Orleans:
Cafe au Lait & Beignets at Cafe du Monde

Mother’s Restaurant


The Classic Fredi: roast beef and ham, dressed (cabbage, mayo & creole mustard)

Fried Shrimp Po Boy (yes fried shrimp on white bread) and it was lovely 🙂

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mastering the art of: eggs

I love it when Sunday mornings start like this – some yoga already under my belt, coffee with a quiet city and some sunshine!

This particular Sunday I decided to make some eggs. Not any eggs, the way eggs are meant to be…
I love eggs – pretty much any way they come, I’ll take ’em! (I do draw the line at Organic and Cage-Free though!) But I had yet to really master the preparation – real preparation. You know, Half & Half, butter, etc? I usually just pan-fry or poach and don’t get me wrong I love my eggs these ways too but I always like to try new things! I had caught Ina on the Food Network making some eggs so this is what I’m basing it off of. Hey, it could be worse, my Grandmother Leola used to fry eggs in the bacon grease! 🙂

I turned the burner between 2-3 and then put a pat of butter to melt in the pan (no Pam in these eggs!) I then poured the eggs (2 beat with 1 Tbsp Half & Half) into the pan and slowly, slowly stirred.

Then when they are just about done, add another pat of butter to “stop the cooking” as Ina said…or “make them taste even better?!?!” Whatever the reason, it worked for me. These were honestly the best eggs I have ever had! So creamy (obviously) and I couldn’t get a great picture, but I had to give up – I wasn’t about to sacrifice these eggs for the sake of a picture!
This was definitely a very rich breakfast (I also added some bacon into the mix) and I certainly wouldn’t have it on a daily basis but when I added the calories of the eggs and bacon the calorie count was about 500. Not bad for a totally indulgent, satisfying, special breakfast.

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