A VIRTUOUS COCKTAIL #STRAWBERRY/BANANA SMOOTHIE

With just 3 ingredients, I’m set for the morn.

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FIBER HAPPY

My digestive system is skipping with glee. I can’t wait to indulge in a few of these wholesome and nutritious treats. Once again, Mother Nature has bestowed some of her finest foods for my palate.

I know that I’ll gain loads of fibers, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients. I’m ecstatic!

HEART-HEALTHY MORN #OATMEAL AND BERRIES

I can never grow tired of  one of my morning’s staples, oatmeal and berries. On this cool morning, had a comforting bowl to warm my stomach and nourish my body. In a stockpot, a  combination of almond milk and water were added along with Quaker old-fashioned oats, a dash of vanilla, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Oatmeal was then sweetened with a little brown sugar. Topped my hearty bowl with a serving of fresh fiber-filled strawberries and blueberries. And as usual, I sprinkled added cinnamon for extra flavor and balance of the glucose level within.

My heart and I were happy.

 

FIBER CHOICES #OATMEAL AND BERRIES

I can never grow tired of this healthy and filling breakfast.  Most days of the week, I try to indulge in a warm dish of whole grains in the form of oatmeal. I prefer the old-fashioned version because it has a little ‘bite’ to it.

Oatmeal is still relatively inexpensive and easy to cook. Moreover, I love that it’s a great source of fiber,  vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. And, based on the nutritional facts, its excellent for lowering the glucose and cholesterol levels in the body.

Earlier on this morning, it was no exception. I cooked up the hearty grains in some milk. I made sure to add a dash of vanilla and a generous sprinkle of cinnamon for added flavors. Under low heat, oatmeal came to desired consistency. Then, it was sweetened with a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Oatmeal was topped with the antioxidant and fiber foods of fresh and colorful strawberries and blueberries.

 

POTASSIUM-FILLED BREAKFAST #RIPE BANANA PANCAKES

It’s that time of the year. A time when dark clouds gather and the temperatures plummet and fewer life-forms in sight. I needed to perk my spirits and start my day just right. It didn’t take me long to grasp a little control.

First, I did a few much-needed  pivotal moves to garner some happy hormones within.

A DOWNWARD DOG MOVE WITH LEG UP
A DOWNWARD DOG MOVE WITH LEG UP
ATTEMPTING A PLANK
ATTEMPTING A PLANK

Then, it was time to seek out something comforting to warm my spirits and my stomach. I reached for a couple wilted/speckled ripe bananas. Pancakes came to mind. So, I used my fork to smash those potassium-filled foods and transformed them into a batter.

All a needed were a beaten egg, a splash of vanilla, a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered ginger, a pinch of salt, a pat of melted butter, a drizzle of oil, and a sprinkle of  whole-wheat flour. And I could help myself; it was breakfast, so I added a little old-fashioned oats for added fiber.

With a splash of milk I combined all ingredients in a bowl in a lumpy and imperfect batter. Lumpy is good because I didn’t wish to over-mix my batter.

BATTER FOR RIPE BANANA PANCAKES
BATTER FOR RIPE BANANA PANCAKES

In a hot and sturdy skillet, I made my cakes. I served them with fresh strawberries I had on hand. I devoured my pancakes and watched the sun peaked out just in time. I was on cloud-nine.

A JOYFUL MORNING JOLT! #OATMEAL AND FRUITS

You may call me a repeat ‘offender’ if you wish. But, it was with a merry heart that I chose to revisit one of my favorite morning cereals. One of the great things about oatmeal is that it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other cereals. Most importantly, it’s loaded with heart-healthy whole grain properties that will provide sustenance for an extended period of time.

So, it was without hesitation that I grabbed my stockpot and added the following:

  • oatmeal – 1/4 cup
  • cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
  • raisins – 10
  • vanilla – 1/2 tsp
  • milk – 1 cup
  • dark sugar – 1 tsp

All ingredients were slowly simmered on low heat and brought to a thick consistency. Oatmeal was sweetened with a teaspoon of dark sugar. Cereal was paired and topped with fresh strawberries and a potassium-filled serving of ripe bananas. A generous amount of cinnamon was sprinkled on same.

Cheers to my heart!