Tag: breakfast

My Favorite Cereal

I thought it would be fun to do something different.  I love cereal.  It wasn’t something we got often growing up, especially sugar cereal.  So I guess like any denied food group I grew a taste for it and I still just love a bowl of cereal.  I don’t think there is a kind of cereal I don’t like.  There’s just something about that combination of cold milk and cereal that always hits the spot for me.  In a spirit of fun I thought I would share with you my favorite cereals.

10.Capn Crunch Crunchberries- If you are going to go off the deep end and pretend you are 5 again this is the cereal to go with. The combination of flavors is delish. Definitely a treat but yummy.

crunch berries

9. Frosted Flakes- deliciousness of corn flakes with a little sweetness.

frosted flakes8. Cocoa/ Fruity Pebbles- the best of the sugar cereals.

cocoa and fruity7. Cracklin Oat Bran- delicious on yogurt and just with milk. Love the coconut.

cracklin oat bran

6.  Grape Nuts- Especially great with chopped up apples. Will make you feel healthy but still tasty.

grape nuts

5. Quaker Oak Squares- a brown sugar taste and it doesn’t get soggy very fast

oat squares4. Frosted Mini Wheats- kind of similar to frosted flakes.  You’ve got your healthy wheat square with a little bit of frosting.

frosted mini wheats3. Honey Nut Cheerios- Got to go with name brand on this one.  The generic isn’t nearly as good.  A little bit of sweetness with the oats of cheerioshoney nut cheerios2.  Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds- this would be the perfect cereal if it didn’t get soggy so fast. Got to have the almonds.  The others are no good.  But the combination of the flakes and oat clusters delish!

honey bunches1. Crispix- Perfect combination of corn and rice. Like 2 kinds of Chex in one.

crispix

Eat Pray Love Day 3

So the last day of my trip has come and gone.  It was a fabulous day but the entry will probably be a little shorter because it was pretty simple.

Today was all about relaxation and inspiration

Started out with room service.  I’ve only had room service one other time on my cruise (not as expensive as you think $11 plus tip)

Yummy!

Then I watched General Conference in my room.  In April I discovered Conference twitter groups and I love it.  I find I learn more because I’m involving more senses.  Plus I make new friends and get more followers (like 35 new one’s today!).

I was so inspired by every talk.  To me a lot on staying strong no matter what.  A lot about loyalty and Christlike service.  Of course, with the new announcement yesterday there was a lot about missionary work which I love.  I am going to try and be bolder with my testimony.

My favorite talk from morning conference was Elder Holland’s talk.  Elder Hollands teaches the scriptures in such a personal way.  I felt like I was there with the early apostles.  Powerfully Elder Holland asked the question to each of us asked Peter “Do you love me?”.   If we do than we need to serve Him and feed His sheep.   Gosh I just can’t do it justice.  I honestly think it was a masterpiece.  I don’t know how you don’t feel something when He testifies of the Gospel.  I’ve listened to 3 times today and still blown away Just listen:

I know I want to be a better, more faithfully sensitive saint.   I want to serve in any way I can.  No half-hearted devotion for me.  No complete returning to my normal life after this weekend.  Powerful experience may only subtlety change you but they do change.

President Eyring’s talk also inspried me.  Sometimes I feel like aiming high is aiming for the impossible.  It has given me encouragement.  Just this week I did a seemingly impossible thing for work and look, I got through it.  His talk also reminded me that sometimes what we think would be good for our career or life may not be what God has in store.  Powerful.

Then we got to the break and I had to get some lunch.  Problem is most everything is closed on Sundays so I walked around until I found a large sports bar famous for subs and pizza I decided to give it a try.  Glad I did.  Delicious! It was called Maxwells Deli

I love this kind of NYC thin crust pizza with ricotta, Italian meats, other yummies $3 a slice!
Me at lunch. It was so funny wearing my Romney shirt I got waves, hey ya’s, fist bumps, and someone asked me where I got the shirt. Even whistled at twice . Who knew?

After lunch got back for 2nd session (I’m seriously sore from all this city walking! Such a wimp!).  2nd session was also wonderful but the highlight for me was Elder Bednar and President Monson.

Elder Bednar spoke about the importance of loyalty to the church and not just testimony but true conversion.  It is one I will have to reread over and over again because it was so deep with content and doctrine.  Profound.   Again it made me want to be more bold in my testimony and to make sure I am spiritually ready for any challenges.

I thought Elder Bednar’s distinction between a testimony and conversion was profound. “Conversion is an enlarging of the ungirding base of testimony” “Conversion is an offering of self, love, and loyalty.  We give to God in gratitude for the gift of testimony”.  But why should I quote Elder Bednar when you can listen to the address:

President Monson was inspirational of course and told a lot of new stories.  Each story was about how the Lord will use you to answer promptings.  He also reiterated President Uchtdorf’s thoughts about not losing God in the details of life.  It’s so comforting to hear the words of a prophet and to know that we have a prophet to lead and guide my life.  I have a testimony that President Monson is the prophet of our age.

After conference I was sad (the spiritual feeding was so wonderful.  I wish I could have it every day!).

Anyway, I went up to the pool to relax and unwind, read

Does that look like a happy face? Contented. Zen. Great!
And rereading a favorite book. So relaxing! After missing reading for about 2 weeks its been great!

Once I was seriously unwound I had no more energy.  I called a few friends and ate some food from the hotel.  Then I watched some special TV

Season 3…

So there you go Friday I ate miraculously, Saturday I felt tons of love from my family, Sunday I prayed, contemplated and listened to the prophet.

I know I will be a better person after this weekend.  I’m not saying I will never have an anxiety attack again but every year I’m getting more skills and learning how to deal.  Every year I’m growing stronger in my testimony and more passionate in my faith.  It is my everything.  You could take away my swimming, singing, even my family as painful as that would be and it would be nothing to taking away my faith.

I have never wavered in my faith despite the trials that I have gone through.  I Know it is true and it is my life.  I know Jesus is the Christ.  That the Book of Mormon is true.  I know covenants are real if we chose to keep them they will give us power now and later.

The work of the gospel is progressing.  We are going to have thousands of new missionaries.  I wouldn’t be surprised if triple the sister missionaries go out.  That means we will also have thousands of endowed individuals who will be able to do work for their family. Everything is moving up mountains as President Eyring would say.  We have to be ready to follow.  We have to be strong.  We have to support each other and most important we have to be loyal, honest and examples of integrity

I’m a Mormon. I know it.  I live it.  I love it.

want on a wall in my new apartment

Ok.  I’m super tired.  What a relaxing wonderful weekend.  I feel inspired.  I know who I am.  I know that I wasn’t listening to the what God wanted when I fought Him on the Slam the Dam.  I know that Heavenly Father helped me through the anxiety attack and helped me make the right choice.  I know He loves me and am grateful He allowed me to have this wonderful weekend.  He knows our needs. He really cares.

I feel renewed, at peace and energized.  (Remind me of this moment when things get rough)

Thanks to all my friends for putting up with my constant photos and ups and downs.  I’m trying really hard to do what is right and to be happy, treat everyone right.  I hope you all know that when you are down or happy I am here for you night or day.  Seriously 2 in the morning call me and I’ll be there.

On to regular week.  I’m going to be watching for ways to fill my daily life with pieces of this magical weekend.  Goodnight 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast Burritos

Since I started my fitness quest one of my greatest food struggles has been eating a good breakfast.  I just have no appetite in the morning and what appetite I do have usually craves high carb items such as cereal or toast (and don’t get me started on french toast and cinnamon rolls!).  I like eggs well enough the rest of the day but in the morning cooking them and getting a pan all dirty seems like the biggest burden in the world!

With a few exceptions most of the ready made breakfast foods are terrible for you and very expensive (was just at store and package of VitaTops cost $5.39!).  This left me frustrated and most of the time hungry through lunch (and usually through my morning work out).

So, one of the reasons I wanted to get a new freezer was to be able to easily make green and otherwise healthy smoothies and freeze breakfast meals in advance.  This would allow me to have a healthy breakfast without dirtying pans each morning or coming up with something to make.  I had seen freezer breakfast burritos on pinterest and thought I should try my hand at making a healthy version. Today I was at Sunflower Organic Market and their frozen vegetables/fruit was 2 for $3, a great deal!

Without a real recipe I purchased what sounded good to me for my burritos, came home and set to work. You could of course use non-frozen vegetables.  It just saved me some chopping and prep time.

The finished product! Healthy Breakfast Burrito

(I’m going to try to do my recipe Pioneer Woman style because I just finished her book and read her new cookbook.)

Breakfast Burritos Healthy-style!

24 low carb multigrain tortillas (60 calories, 2 grams fat each.  If I do it again I’d try to find slightly bigger tortillas to have more room to fold)

2 lbs chicken sausage removed from casing (I used a green chile chicken sausage they sell at sunflower)

2 bell peppers color of your choice diced

1 large onion diced

1 bag flat leaf frozen spinach thawed and moisture squeezed out

2 10 oz bags frozen thawed sweet potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

2 bags 10 oz frozen mixed mushrooms, moisture squeezed out and diced

Cook pepper and onion in olive oil until soft.  Add chicken sausage, mushrooms and spinach.  Once chicken is cooked add sweet potatoes.

In a separate bowl whisk:

2 dozen eggs

2 cups of milk

Grate 1 lb of pepper jack and sharp cheddar and add to your preference

(Next time I would add a healthy dose of hot sauce because I used almost 1/2 a bottle once it was cooked to give more flavor.  It sounds like a lot but when you see how much I made it really wasn’t overly spicy.  I thought the chili sausages would have more spice.  A spicy pepper or two wouldn’t be bad with the bells depending on your spice preference)

I then put half of my meat mixture in a mixing bowl and left the other half in my dutch oven (it was too much to cook together even with my large dutch oven).

I poured half of the egg mixture over each meat mixture.  The bowl I put in the microwave and stirred at 5 minute intervals and the dutch oven I cooked over the stove top.  They both turned out really good! Once cooked I put the mixture on cookie sheets (and added hot sauce for more flavor)

The stove-top version
the microwave version

Then I took a heaping 1/3 cup of filling on each tortilla, rolling it up and folding the ends in.

The assembly line!

I ended up with 2 dozen burritos and extra toppings which I food savered for later. I’m now doing a light freeze so they are easier to work with and then will wrap and food save some of them.  I should have a nice reservoir of breakfasts to enjoy for some time!

The finished product. Healthy breakfast burritos for many days to come!

I’m excited about this project and look forward to making many more variations.  It could be really good with tofu or steak.  Whatever you like.  Test it out and see what you come up with and put it in the comments section.  We all can work together to be healthier and still have tasty, affordable food.  🙂  Enjoy!