I’ve been procrastinating. Why, you ask? I’ll tell you later. *bows*. Yes, these are the sort of gems you get from me after two weeks of silence. It’s been a good/busy type of two weeks, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing what May holds for me.
One thing that I don’t want to hold on to in May? This insane amount of belly fat I’ve somehow accumulated. I’m very very lazy when it comes to exercise. Sometimes I think that my preferred exercise of choice is yoga because I don’t have to bust a sweat and almost vomit to say that I’ve had a good workout. I imagine myself in the gym so vividly that sometimes I feel that I actually went. My imagination gets an amazing workout daily. If only that counted!
I tend to find every reason not to exercise. I find ways to make up for it and to motivate myself – I buy clothes in the size I want, I use smaller plates, I drink a lot of water. I keep frozen fruits for emergency smoothies, and I have all the apps on my phone that track steps taken (not that I use it often). I’ve downloaded the same 5K app at least three times and when my phone memory is full, that app is the first to go. Let’s just ignore my 9 photo editing apps, ok?
Since I will never become a gym rat (I’ve accepted that truth), I started thinking about ways to improve my diet. I don’t think I’m a terrible eater, but I do splurge occasionally and there definitely are some changes I can make, especially at Breakfast. I eat a lot of bread and crackers and cheese. Delicious, but not the type of food that will help that stomach shrink.
Today I’m sharing three Breakfast recipes that have no cheese, eggs, crackers, bread or meat. I know right, is a breakfast without those things even possible?
'Sit on your back step and enjoy the sunshine' Yogurt Bowl
Cherry Walnut 'Traffic Dessert' Smoothie
– 4 frozen Strawberries
– 1/2 cup frozen Cherries
– 1/2 tsp ground Flaxseed
– 1/4 cup Walnuts
– 3/4 – 1 cup Almond milk (or milk of choice)
Add all ingredients to a blender or glass. Blend (you can use an immersion blender) until smooth.
I took a little longer to blend this because everything was still pretty frozen, and I ended up with a smoothie the consistency of slush. But that ended up being a good thing – I drank it in the car on the way to work and it was like having a frozen dessert for breakfast. I highly recommend it.
Overnight 'Not a sad desk breakfast' Espresso Oats
– 1 cup dried Oats
– 1 cup Almond Milk
– 2 tsp dried Vanilla
– 2 tsp Espresso Powder
– 2 tsp Agave
– 1 tbsp. coarsely chopped Walnuts
Add oats, milk, vanilla and espresso to a jar. Stir and place in fridge overnight. In the morning, add your walnuts & agave.
Tip: This can fit neatly in your bag, but just make sure the lid is tightly sealed. Plus, mason jars for the win!
I call these customizable because they ARE. You can take out and add in as you please…once you have your standard base, you’re good to go. One important element of customization? Give yourself options. What I try to do is keep an inventory of all sorts of healthy stuff (both in my fridge and my mind) and allow my creativity to do its thing. Just try to prep the night before because if you’re like me, all my brain power in the morning is directed at making coffee, putting the right lunch in the right bag, and neurotically making sure I haven’t magically left the stove on even though I didn’t use it.
Why am I putting so much effort into breakfast? Last week I looked at the Page-a-day calendar on my desk, read the daily quote and said “damn straight!” out loud. You can just go ahead and add ‘talks to herself’ to the list of things my coworkers call me (the list that I know of currently consists of “walks loudly in heels” and “hyper / moves her hands around a lot”). But I had to agree with my homegirl Virginia Woolf:
So dine well, prep yourself for next week, and have a great weekend! Send good vibes to me and kindly tell this belly fat to #$^% off. Maybe it’ll listen, and I’ll be able to skip my workout this afternoon 🙂