Happy Monday Everyone!
How was your weekend? Mine was very nice. I spent it relaxing with my hunny which was nice since we don't usually both have weekends off. I have been in a bit of a "workout rut" though. I guess I am just like everyone else and do go through them. I just read an interesting post about "ruts" on OhSheGlows blog that I found quite interesting. So, I didn't manage to get my morning workouts in at all this past week which I am very upset about. BUT that just means this coming week will be that much more active with as many workouts I can get in each day. So wish me luck! Is there any tips you guys can offer for when you are in a workout rut? Please feel free to share with us.
So I have come across some interesting news and wanted to share with you. In the past few months, I have been reading and researching a lot about becoming a Vegan. Like I said last week, I have basically become a vegetarian and have slowly been taking steps to becoming a vegan... but not 100%. I always had oatmeal for breakfast, and then in the past 6 months I have been having my Yogurt breakfast which is very healthy and nutiritious. Slowly more and more though in the past 6 months, I was noticing my skin was breaking out quite a bit. I was never understanding why though. Then, about 2 weeks ago I started a new breakfast routine that I am about to share with you. As you will see, it does not have dairy in it (like the yogurt did) and it is so weird... in just 2 weeks I have noticed such a difference in my skin. It is so clear now and it just feels so much nicer. I still didn't put two and two together until this weekend when I realized that it is quite possible that there is a link between my not eating as much dairy every morning and my clear skin. In the book I just recently read, "The Kind Diet", Alicia Silverstone has a whole chapter dedicated to Dairy and how your body benefits from not comsuming it. I know it is weird to think of dairy as a negative but after reading her arguments, it really makes sense.
Dr Oz actually just had a show this past week about Diet Changes to Lower Disease Risk. It basically outlined a vegan diet and proved that eliminaing things like animal protein, dairy and processed foods will reduce your risk of disease. If you would like to view the videos uploaded on the Dr. Oz website, click here.
ANYWAYS... lol That was my speal for the day. Just some interesting things I have come across that I wanted to share with you. Now.. onto the Breakfast of Champions recipe I promised you. I came across this from the Eat Clean Diet and modified it alittle bit. Here goes...
Breakfast of Champions Porridge
- 1 cup organic quinoa, uncooked
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1/4 sea salt
- 3 cups of water
- 1/2 chopped cranberries OR dates, chopped
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 Tbsp ground flax
- 1Tbsp chia seeds
1) Place first four ingredients in a pot with a lid. Covered, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add remaining 6 ingredients and mix.
2) Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes, covered.
I serve mine for breakfast with sliced banana, strawberries and a few chopped walnuts.
This breakfast is the perfect mix since it provides the protein from the quinoa and the fiber from the oats. Then the fruit offers up the perfect balance. It is also very convenient because this makes up a big batch and I keep it in the fridge in a large glass container and just heat up my servings as I need them. YUM!!
Have a great Monday morning!!
Lots of love,