10 Healthy Tips to Jazz Up Your Breakfast Routine

Breakfast, it comes around every morning. You need to eat, the other in your house need to eat but really the same old, same old gets mighty boring. It’s easy to be tempted to skip it or just hand the kids a box of cereal and call it good.

Despite what the naysayers out there may say, eating breakfast is so important! Virginia Woolf puts it perfectly,

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

– Virginia Woolf 

As someone that deals with hypoglycemia skipping breakfast, specifically a high protein breakfast, is not an option. Breakfast is the fuel that sets your day. It provides the energy you need to take on the tasks ahead, and truly enjoy the day.

The hard part is what to eat. You probably know that sugary cereal isn’t the answer, but eggs and toast get old, mighty fast. What you need is the inspiration to get you out of your rut and jazz up your breakfast routine- foods that will fuel and nourish your body, while still being tasty and easy to make.

10 Healthy Tips to Jazz Up Your Breakfast

1. Think Outside The Box

Really you might ask? You might feel like your favorite, easy breakfast food is being ripped from hands. Almost all cereal, even the “good ones” are full of refined sugars, grains, and flours that have not been prepared properly and are seriously lacking in protein. Within an hour or two you are hungry and needing to eat again.

2. Use Oatmeal

I’m not talking thick, clumpy stuff, or packets of sugar laden packs of instant oats. I’m referring to a bowl of homemade soaked oatmeal topped with fresh fruit, maple syrup and a dash of raw cream. If that’s not your style perhaps a slice of pumpkin oatmeal bake or maybe oat flour muffins.

3. Cook With Eggs

Despite what you may have been told eggs are good for you; truly, amazing wonderfully good for you. They are a fairly inexpensive and healthy protein that keeps your body going throughout the morning.

4. Eat More Fat {The Good Kinds}

What, fat is good?! Oh ya, if you’ve been around this site for a while now you know that I use LOTS of healthy fats in my cooking. Fat is not something to be scared of, it should be embraced. My paternal grandmother used to save a can of drippings in the small cupboard by her stove. I remember being grossed out by it, now I realize that Grandma had it right. Fats like butter, lard, tallow, bacon grease and coconut oil are wonderful for your body. Your body needs fat to function and digest food properly. If you eat

Fats like butter, lard, tallow, bacon grease and coconut oil are wonderful for your body. Your body needs fat to function and digest food properly. If you eat a bit, or a lot healthy fats with your breakfast you will stay full longer.

5. Learn From Other Cultures

I often don’t eat your “typical” American breakfast foods. We’ve allowed our American culture to seriously alter out view of what we should eat. Mexico is one of those countries that has it right. A regular breakfast consists of beans cooked with fat and tortillas. They also eat eggs with bits of meat. Many Asian countries have their own versions of congee, a savory rice pudding that can frequently be found paired with eggs. In Israel, it is common to have raw vegetables, eggs, bread, and olive oil.

6. Eat Leftovers

If you are in a rush and don’t have time or energy to cook in the morning eat leftovers from the day before. Often these foods contain more protein than convenience breakfast foods. They only take a few minutes to reheat on the stove or in the toaster oven.

7. Make Freezer Meals

You’ve heard about freezer meals before. They are great for rushed days and last minute dinners.

Have you ever thought of making freezer breakfasts? When you have extra time, maybe on the weekend make big batches of waffles, muffins and breakfast sausages. You could also assemble breakfast burritos or English muffin sandwiches. All of these can be heated up in the toaster oven in just a few minutes.

8. Eat Protein

Protein is a must to get you started on your day. It is the fuel that helps prevent a mid morning slump and headaches. You will find that you have extra energy than you did when eating just a bowl of cereal.

9. Ditch The Sugar

Sugar no matter what form it is in needs to be eaten in moderation. That includes fruit in my opinion. When I have too much natural sugar in the morning I am off for the rest of the day. Now not everyone is like me but that still doesn’t mean that you should eat three plus pieces of fruit first thing in the morning.

That being said I love me a bit of maple syrup and raw cream in my first cup of morning coffee, okay in the second one too or the one at 10 at night… (We’ll save talks about caffeine for another day).

10. Use Your Crock-Pot or Instant Pot

If you don’t have a crock-pot or Instant Pot, BUY ONE, right now, well preferably after you finish reading this post. They are great for cooking oatmeal, beans, potatoes and sausage, you name it and it can probably be cooked in the crock-pot. You can use the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot as well. I love waking up to breakfast being ready. Or you can throw everyting in the Instant Pot in the morning and have breakfast ready in no time!

Bonus Tip: Buy The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

The real winner of the whole bundle for me is the ebook, The Breakfast Revolution by Beth Ricci of Red and Honey. I first fell in love with this book when she asked me to contribute a baked oatmeal recipe to it. It has been a staple in my house ever since.

There are over 40 nutritious and delicious recipes in her gem of a book, an added bonus is that they are all gluten-free! That way anyone who is gluten intolerant or celiac can enjoy the whole book and not just pick and choose what they can make.

The Breakfast Revolution on its own is $8.95, for just over $20 more you can have access to a mini library of ebooks and courses that will continue to inspire not only what you make for breakfast, but also what you make for the rest of the day!

Need help stream lying things in the kitchen so all your meals get on the table? The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle has that covered as well!

You will also find inspiration for organizing your home, taking cute photos of you kids, detoxing your body, and so much more!

How to Make Powdered Sugar

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Powdered sugar is one of those things that never seems to be in the pantry when you need it.

Most traditional foodies try to not eat large amounts of sugar, even the more natural forms very often. Yet sometimes, you need some of that beautiful white, powdery stuff.

Powdered sugar is the perfect topping for a lemon-lime bar made with sprouted wheat or a grain-free doughnut. It makes simple desserts look “fancy” without the frosting, which means time saved in the kitchen and less mess.  That’s always a win in my book.

Once you learn how to make powdered sugar yourself, you’ll never want to go back to buying it from the store. One of the biggest reasons is that you can make it, put it away, and wash the blender before you get your car makes it down the street.

It’s that simple.

If you want to make a healthi(er) powdered sugar, you can swap the organic cane sugar for sucanat, rapadura, or coconut sugar. All three make a lovely light brown powdered sugar. Each has a slightly different flavor profile, so go with whatever you have on hand or what will best suit your purpose.

If you are wanting to store the powdered sugar for future use, you may want to add a starch such corn, tapioca, or arrowroot to prevent clumping. It’s entirely up to you. I normally just leave it out and sift a bit before using it.

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How to Make Powdered Sugar

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  • 2 cups unrefined sugar 
  • 1 tsp starch (arrowroot, corn, or tapioca), optional
  • blender

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Pour the sugar and starch if using, into a blender. Blend on high for about 5 minutes for until fluffy and powdery. Use right away or store in a glass jar.

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Nourishing Orange Hot Cocoa

Frothy hot cocoa with a hint of orange, and floral raw honey.

Hot cocoa was made for rainy days, for snowy days, or really for almost any type of day. There is something about wrapping your hands around a mug of creamy goodness and savoring the moment. The weather can be raging outside, yet in the warmth of your home with the mug in your hands, a stormy day can be delightful.

Have you ever eaten a chocolate orange? You know the orange flavored milk chocolate molded to look like an orange with individual segments. If you have found memories them, then this nourishing orange hot cocoa is for you!

I remember the first time I ate a chocolate orange, it was at a family Christmas gathering. A few cousins and I watched my dad crack it open. We all tried a piece but I sadly found it left wanting. Then one day I had a piece of fair-trade orange flavored dark chocolate and I was in love!

That bar of chocolate was just begging for a hot cocoa inspired by it to be made. This nourishing orange hot cocoa is rich, frothy, and slightly sweet, just like any good cocoa should be. My tried and true favourite is my classic hot cocoa, yet sometimes you want something a little different.

It has all the flavor of an orange chocolate bar in a mug, it with floral orange blossom raw honey (affiliate link). The honey blends perfectly with the cocoa while highlighting the lightness of the orange flavor. Orange blossom honey is more delicate when compared to the darker, more robust clover honey that you commonly find in stores.

The orange flavor can be achieved by either adding a drop of orange essential oil to the cocoa or a small amount of orange extract.

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Nourishing Orange Hot Cocoa

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Yield 2 1/2 cups

Frothy hot cocoa with a hint of orange, and floral raw honey. This nourishing orange hot cocoa has all the flavor of an orange chocolate bar in a mug.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan. If you are using dairy careful not to let the milk curdle. For raw milk, it is best to not let it get any warmer than 110 F to preserve most of the beneficial properties of the raw milk. For frothy milk, use a milk frother.
  2. In a small bowl or mug mix the cocoa powder, raw honey, orange extract/essential oil, and vanilla extract. Stir with a fork or a small whisk until a smooth paste is formed.
  3. Divide the cocoa paste between two mugs. Pour in the milk and stir gently to mix.
  4. Serve each cup of cocoa with a generous dollop of whipped cream if desired and orange zest.

Courses Beverage

Nourishing Orange Hot Cocoa

2 1/2 cups raw milk (or milk substitute of choice)
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract
1 teaspoon orange extract (or 4 drops sweet orange essential oil)
whipped cream (optional)
orange zest (optional)

Heat the milk in a small saucepan. If you are using dairy careful not to let the milk curdle. For raw milk, it is best to not let it get any warmer than 110 F to preserve most of the beneficial properties of the raw milk. For frothy milk, use a milk frother.

In a small bowl or mug mix the cocoa powder, raw honey, orange extract/essential oil, and vanilla extract. Stir with a fork or a small whisk until a smooth paste is formed.

Divide the cocoa paste between two mugs. Pour in the milk and stir gently to mix.

Serve each cup of cocoa with a generous dollop of whipped cream if desired and orange zest.

What is your favourite type of hot cocoa?

 

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The Introvert’s Guide to Hospitality- 6 Essential Tips for the Introverted Hostess

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Hospitality, the simple act of inviting someone into your home to partake in life. Your simple, beautiful, messy, and broken life, and the grace-filled journey that we are all on.

A cup of tea with scones, a mug of coffee, and a slice of shortbread. It doesn’t need to be complicated. All it may be is bearing your soul to a kindred spirit sitting on the other side of the couch.

The introvert in me thrives on simple. I genuinely enjoy people and I, despite what introverts seem to be known for, enjoy having people in my home.

My years in Mexico taught me to savor people and their company. A dorm mama of many needed company to mix up the day, even if was just a friend and her niece. Really when you have 16 girls, adding one or two more to the mix doesn’t really feel like that much more.

Sometimes people dropped in the midst of kimchi making or cloth pad making. I learned to embrace it and go with it, even when the puzzled questions as to what I was making came about…

Birthdays, random tea parties, outdoor picnics, I love them all! I am a casual gal, so I thrive on simple and comfortable occasions.

These 6 essential tips for the introverted hostess are the perfect way to get your feet wet when inviting people into your home!

1.  Start Small

No one ever said that you needed to have all of your extended family or the entire Sunday School class over for a meal. While that may be a wonderful goal at some point, it does not need to be the first feat you tackle when you are easing your way into inviting people into your home.

Start with a girlfriend, or just a couple. Once you are comfortable with that, then you can dive into the world of having larger groups.

2. Start with the Familiar

As an introvert, we by nature have an easier time conversing with those that know us well. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s who we are.

It is okay to start with the familiar when you are learning to extend hospitality. Invite people who know you well first, then over time you can make the bold move to invite those who are in need of hospitality or those you don’t know well.

Good friends are usually happy to be genie pigs. They already accept you for how you are, and as time goes on you will continue to develop the art of being comfortable with having others in your home.

3. Keep it Simple

Who ever said that welcoming people into your home needed to be a fancy affair?

Throw off the advice of 1950s TV show and handbooks (though I dearly gleaning from them at times) and keep things simple. You don’t have to have a full-blown dinner party where people are dressed to the nines.

It can be as simple as having a friend over for a coffee date, or tea and scones, which is my personal favourite. Some of the deepest conversations have been had over a cup of tea with a friend in my living room.

Create a semi-calm environment.

This really depends on who you are having over. If a friend came over in the late evening, after the kids were in bed, my soothing playlist and a pot of tea were the essentials for a quiet chat with a friend.

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4. Have a Set Menu

If you are having someone over for a meal, cook what you love. 

One of my go-to meals is a Mexican meal of beans, rice, meat, and corn tortillas (bought), with fresh salsa.

Beans can simmer in the crock pot all day, white rice, let’s just be honest here showcases flavors better takes less than 30 minutes to cook. I often use my salsa base in my rice. Ground meat is fast cooking and perfect to toss with any verity of vegetables hanging out in the fridge.

You can even make some of it with your guests there.While it sounds complicated, it’s not.

My mom is known for delighting people with soup, homemade bread, and a salad.

The simple things that we love to cook are always best.

If you aren’t up for hosting a dinner, game nights are always a win in my book.

Games can be fast passed or a bit slower. Fast passed games keep you on your toes and don’t require much talking. Slower ones give you time to bond over a relaxing game.

Popcorn, iced tea, and another drink like kombucha, are all you need to keep people happy.

For my not so little clan birthdays consisted of joining us for pizza, ice cream, lots of laughter, and maybe a movie.

Tea? Sure fancy dresses are fun but that’s not how I roll so tea might just be, getting out some blankets, a couple types of scones, and a pot of tea with lots of sunshine.

Can you tell I am a fan of tea and scones? I even wrote a book about making your own simple, nourishing teas and tea time treats!

5. Forget the Perfect House

Invite people into your crazy.

In my years as a dorm mom, I had up to 16 girls running around. There was rarely a quiet moment. Granted, most of the people I had over were staff that were like family but I loved it!

With 18 people sharing the same, very small living space is was never 100% clean or fancy, unless you count the ten minutes on a Saturday when we were just finished cleaning. Ten minutes might even be pushing it.

Give up on perfect, that’s okay. It lets people get a glimpse into the everyday life.

Do I believe in trying to maintain an organized space? Yes but I’ve given up on perfect. As long as our living area where people were joining us was neat(ish) I was fine.

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6. Make a Recovery Plan

Be sure to allow yourself (and family) time to recover.

Have planned out what you will do after everyone goes home. Maybe it’s a cup of tea and a good book. Is it a movie with the kids? A relaxing bath with a piece of dark chocolate?

Do whatever it takes for you and your family to wind down, and rejuvenate. Remember, the goal is to want to continue to extend hospitality to others. It is not to feel burned out and want to mentally run away and the mere thought of having people over again.

Do you enjoy inviting people into your home? If not, what is holding you back?

Simple 3 Ingredient All-Purpose Cleaner

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Clean, fresh smelling homes. Sparkling countertops. No harsh chemicals.

It sounds nice, doesn’t it? You want to clean your home with non-toxic cleaners, unfortunately, most of the ones you find are expensive.

You have thought of making your own household cleaning products, but you are intimidated.

“What if you waste ingredients, or what if they don’t turn out?”

Push those fears aside. You can conquer those fears with three, that’s right three simple ingredients, water, distilled white vinegar, and an essential oil.

It is as simple as that. 

Water is practically free, woohoo! Purified, filtered water is best.

Distilled white vinegar disinfects and deodorizes, killing 99 percent of bacteria, 80 percent of viruses (germs) and 82 percent of mold. (Source) You will be paying no more than a few dollars for a gallon of white vinegar at your local grocery store.

Essential oils are used in tiny proportions so even a small bottle goes a long way. They add an antibacterial and disinfectant cleaning power.

Essential Oils for Cleaning: 

  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca)
  • Eucalyptus

Glass bottles are best when making your own cleaners. Essential oils and vinegar will break down plastic bottles over time.

This simple 3 ingredient all-purpose cleaner is perfect for cleaning kitchen and bathroom counter tops, the outside of toilets, mirrors, and so much more! It frees up space in your cabinet, which is a win! Now your cabinets won’t be overflowing with bottles! To simplify even more, you can store the cleaner, along with a few other cleaning essentials in a caddy, so you can carry your supplies from room to room! Beauty is simplifying.

Simple 3 Ingredient All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 glass spray bottle
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 15 drops essential oil(s)

Pour the water and vinegar into the glass spray bottle. Add the essential oil(s) of your choice. Screw in the sprayer and give it a good shake to combine.

Shake before use.

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Right now with Grove Collaborative you can be half way there to making your own simple 3 ingredient all purpose cleaner! 

They have a special offer for first-time customers when place your first order of $20. Here’s what’s in the set:

  • Free Grove Collaborative Enamel Cleaning Caddy
  • Free Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle
  • Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Free Now Essential Oil (Orange)

The set is worth $40, plus you get free shipping!

Existing customers get a set of Free Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponges.

I have a few of these Grove Collaborative glass spray bottles and I love them. They are so pretty. I started stashing all my bottles and supplies in the enamel cleaning caddy. It’s handy to carry around the house to take it where ever I need it! Non-toxic cleaning just got even easier! 

That’s what Grove is all about: making creating a healthy, beautiful home effortless and affordable. Tell Grove what you like, and they’ll deliver a box of fabulous natural products (carbon offset) right to your doorstep, on your schedule. Each month, you’ll get an email reminding you to add any items you’re running low on to your shipment. I love that I no longer have to make mad dashes to the store for dish soap or toilet paper!

This offer ends Sunday, January 15th and supplies are limited, so here’s how to get yours now:  

  1. Sign up for Grove Collaborative here. You will receive the Toxin-Free Kit for free when you sign up! Existing customers will receive free Grove Walnut Scrubber Sponges with your next order.
  1. Answer 4 quick questions about your home that Grove Collaborative will then use to customize your first basket — this takes under 30 seconds!
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  3. To receive this offer, your order needs to be a minimum of $20. Choose the combination of products and scents you love and receive in your first box.
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