Also known as: the most important my favorite meal of the day.

I think the reason why I like breakfast so much is because it’s the meal that can be most like dessert without actually being dessert. 🙂 I have a serious sweet tooth.  Things like pancakes, french toast, and muffins all tickle my fancy.

However, it is extremely rare that I eat those things.  Some of my most typical breakfasts include: cereal and unsweetened vanilla almond milk, fat free plain greek yogurt with berries/granola, whipped banana oatmeal with flax and cinnamon, and peanut/almond butter toast with a piece of fruit.  Cereal is probably the number one breakfast that I eat because 1) it’s easy and 2) it’s awesome.

I love cereal so much, but somedays, a girl just needs a little more.  A little more protein, substance, and savoriness.  Enter egg scrambles.

Let me just tell you something about eggs.

I don’t like them.

I remember when I was a kid, the only way I would eat eggs was if they were scrambled really well and doused in ketchup (I’m serious).  Forget hard-boiled or deviled.  I wouldn’t even give those a chance.  And for the record, I still won’t. 😉

It wasn’t until I got older that I realized cheese on eggs is a good thing.  However, for me, no amount of cheese is quite enough to mask the gross egg flavor.

Through silly teenage “diets” and attempts to get healthier, I ended up trying egg whites by themselves (why I gave eggs so many chances I have no idea).  I had an epiphany.  Egg whites don’t taste much like anything at all and are therefore tolerable.

That’s where I’m at now.  The scramble pictured above is made of 3 egg whites, mushrooms, and red bell pepper.  I also used sea salt, black pepper, and this amazing item:
21 Seasoning Salute from Trader Joe’s.  I put this on everything and it makes everything taste better.  It’s salt free and makes me sneeze if I breathe it in on accident.  Be wary of breathing it in.  

Use it on your eggs.  Use it on your vegetables.  Use it on your pancakes.

Okay, maybe not the last one but you catch my drift.

Have a wonderful day!

The return of the green smoothie

I remember when I first started reading health and fitness blogs long ago, “green monsters” were extremely popular.  The first one I ever made for myself contained banana, spinach, and almond milk.  Pretty simple but surprisingly tasty.  I recently made myself a green smoothie for the first time in a long time and it was amazing.  My mix contained:
2 large handfuls of baby spinach
~1/3 cup each of frozen mango and frozen strawberries
~1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt (love)
~1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 

So dreamy.  Next time I will definitely throw in some frozen banana and frozen blueberries.  The protein in the yogurt gives the smoothie a lot of staying power and for even more, you could add a spoonful (~1 tablespoon is awesome) of your favorite nut butter or a scoop of protein powder.  

I love the fact that you can blend up your veggies and drink them in a wonderful smoothie without tasting them!  Do you think any other vegetables besides leafy greens would blend up nicely into a smoothie?  For some reason, I think cooked carrots would work out.  They’re already nice and sweet and as long as they’re soft, I think they’d be great in a smoothie!

I’ve got my eye on this green smoothie from Joy the Baker.  I would never think to add pear into a smoothie so this is intriguing to me.  I love that intense green color!

What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?

Only mom can

On the menu tonight – mom’s Spanish rice with chicken and peas.

I wish I could give you a recipe for this, but it’s one of those things that has no recipe.  No measurements.  Just practice and know-how.  It involves lightly toasting rice, caramelizing onions, and shredding chicken.  The rest is just in the hands of my mom.  If she had one signature dish, it would be chicken enchiladas accompanied with this.  I have a feeling it’s not as hard to make as I think it is, but there’s something about having your mom make it for you. 🙂 Perhaps the next time she makes it I’ll sit and observe, taking notes to use as a guideline when (if) I attempt to make it on my own.  If that point in time ever comes, I’ll let you know.

Do your parents have a specific dish that you feel only THEY can make?

My best friend’s dad makes chili that is beyond wonderful and he just throws stuff in without using a recipe.  Someone else attempting to recreate it would only be an insult to his brilliancy.

One of my many aspirations is to be one of those kinds of cooks.  To be able to throw things in a pot with no guidelines besides my own brain and have the results be fabulous…that’s a true cook to me.

Snow in vegas

Give the desert snow and its inhabitants go crazy.

Taking copious amount of pictures. 😉

I woke up to a light snowfall outside my window.  In a matter of minutes, it went from this:

to this:

I love.
Flash action so you can see the big snowflakes!
Toms probably aren’t the best shoe choice for snow trekking 🙂
Everyone have a lovely day!

Trail mix for dinner

Hello hello!

So, one thing that you should know about me is that I love salmon.  Usually you don’t associate something rich and buttery with the word “healthful,” but salmon is in a league of its own.  Seriously.  Butter of the sea plus good health.  I can’t ask for much more.

I had it for dinner tonight.

Seasoned.  Roasted.  Perfect.  Not the most attractive picture but trust me, it was good!

On the side I had something I’ve never tried before – kamut.  Kamut is a type of grain that I want to liken to brown rice.  It’s nutty and toothsome.  The blend I had came from Whole Foods and contained butternut squash, brown rice and wild rice, almonds, sunflower seeds, edamame, raisins, and of course, the kamut.  With all those nuts and raisins, it totally seemed like I was having trail mix as a side dish. 😉

Have you tried something new or out of the ordinary lately? 

Happy new year!

How was everyone’s new years eve/day?  For me, 2011 started out very right – with pizza and a sweat session at the gym.

I went to the Cheesecake Factory with my madre and got their lunch-sized roasted vegetable and goat cheese pizza with a side salad.  It was extremely delicious and quite large for being a lunch portion.

Side note – I’m not entirely certain I’ve had goat cheese before this day, but I am completely certain that I am now in love with it.  Polly knows what’s up. 🙂

I just got back from the gym, ate some leftover pizza (does anyone else love cold pizza as much as I do?), and am now watching the Twilight Zone marathon like I always do on new years.

Good day.

How’s your 2011 so far? Has anyone started on any resolutions/goals?