MIMM: A Marvelous Breakfast


Good morning!! Welcome to this Marvelous Monday post!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  Ours was busy!! But great:)

Dom is moving into his own office for work this week so our Saturday started off early, picking up desks and moving them to his office:)   We had a long relaxing drive in a U-haul van and it was actually kind of fun!

Later that day we met up at a pumpkin patch/corn maze with some of my family!  It was a beautiful day out!! We are usually freezing when we go each year but Saturday was a gorgeous warm day!


So we made some friends with a goat at the petting zoo.  They are kind of adorable.  We all picked out some pumpkins too!  We got a white on and I got a couple of kuri squashes and a buttercup squash which I’m super excited about!

Dom had a little bit of work to do so we headed home after that.  Later we went to Whole Foods for dinner.  I had been craving salmon all week and although I try to follow a mainly plant-based diet I also try not to ignore any cravings I have either.  In the past I used to and it never turned out well!  Glad I am passed that now:)  And I’m glad I smashed this craving!

I got a piece of lemon salmon and my favorite veggie rolls that come with a yummy peanut sauce.  I dipped my salmon in the peanut sauce too and it was so good!  It totally hit the spot!


For a treat Dom and I each picked out a french macaroon!  I’ve never tried them and have always wanted to because they just look so cute!!

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Pistachio for me, raspberry for him.  They are pretty tasty:) I like how light they are and the light almond flavor from the almond flour.

The rest of our weekend was pretty low key.  I did make a yummy breakfast on Sunday though that I’d like to share.  This is what happens when you don’t know what to eat!  I just mixed up a couple of my favorite things and it turned out pretty good!  Chia puddings are super yummy, If you haven’t tried them yet, do it!! I know my girl Meg loves them!  I have some other chia puddings here on my blog and Meg has some great ones too on hers.  So check them out!

High Protein Coconut Banana Chia Oat Parfait

Serves 1

  • 1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 TB chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of raw oats
  • 1/4 cup of peanut flour or 1.5 to 2 TB of natural peanut butter
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt (if using peanut flour)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon

1. Start by mashing the banana in a bowl. Add the the coconut milk, chia seeds, and oatmeal.

2. Mix it all together and let sit for about 10 minutes. You can also make this the night before but it works great in the morning too:)

3. In the meantime mix together your peanut flour, cinnamon and salt with about 4 tb of water until you get a thick peanut butter sauce consistency.   Or if you are using peanut butter instead, mix that with the the cinnamon and 1-2 TB of water until you get a thick sauce sauce consistency.

4. When your oat mix is ready, layer it with the peanut butter sauce and enjoy!

Well I’m off to get my workout in for the day which will be this one!  Have a great monday!


What was marvelous about your weekend?

Have you ever tried a french macaroon?


October Breakfasts

Hi all!  I hope you have had a great week!  This week has had some ups and downs but today has been awesome!  Plus it’s Friday so even better!  I’m hoping this goodness carries on through the weekend because it is the husband’s birthday weekend.   He has been working so hard lately so he really deserves a day to relax and just have fun!!

So as I mentioned before  I’ve joined Meg as well as a few others including Jan and Sloane in having a different breakfast everyday of October.  It’s been awesome.  I was seriously in a breakfast rut (which is crazy because I can eat the same thing for a looooong time and be just fine:) so this came at just the right time.  It’s introduced me to a lot of new yummy creations!

I told you I would share any new good recipes I come across or make up myself so that’s what I want to do today!  It’s going to be breakfast-mania for the next few moments:) I hope you’re hungry!

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Oatmeal Banana Pancakes Stuffed with Pumpkin-Peanut Butter Filling 



This was awesome!  I’m definitely excited to make this again after the challenge is over!  I added a little coconut butter onto mine too.  Really good without being too sweet (no added sugar!)  and it’s vegan which is cool! (definitely not as pretty as hers but still so good:)

Coconut Cacao Banana Pudding



This was just a random mix of things that turned out pretty dang good!  Here is what I did:

  • 1/3 cup raw oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 TB cacao powder
  • 1 tsp of mesquite (or other choice of sweetener)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup of water, almond, or coconut milk (use more if needed)
  • 1 serving of tofu, pressed
  • 2 tsp of coconut butter

Place everything into a blender and blend away.  Top with more coconut butter, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and goji berries (or whatever else you would like:)

Banana Peanut Butter Blended Oatmeal

IMG_20131012_114119This is one of my favorites so far, in the top 3 for sure:) This turned out so good and thick.  Like a really thick pudding.  I loved it!

Into the blender goes

  • 1/2 cup raw oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 TB of water or almond or coconut milk
  • cinnamon
  • 1 serving of tofu, pressed
  • 1 TB of natural peanut butter

Blend until smooth, top with banana and peanut butter and enjoy!

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pancakes


Heather is a genius!  These pancakes were ridiculous!  Make them.  You will not regret it!! So so good and perfect for Fall!

Neapolitan Layered Oats



This was also very good!  Jordan makes some awesome looking breakfast creations.  This was the first of her recipes I’ve tried but I have some others I want to try and if those ones are like this then I’m in for a real treat.  The only thing I did different was using sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter:)

Well, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas of some different breakfasts to try!  Be daring, try something new.

Have a happy healthy weekend!



Over the Weekend…

I got a cat! He is pretty cool. My good friend Rachel called me on Friday night and asked if I wanted a kitten that her husband had rescued.  Of course we said yes.  He is super cute, loves to cuddle, and in Rachel’s words his personality is 10 out of 10:) it took us awhile to choose a name but I think we are going to name his Mr. Katsby and we will call him Mr. K for short (after Mr. K from the show Go On

, because that character is hilarious)!


Over the weekend…

we also did a Color Run to raise money for people in our area that have lost property during the wildfires this summer.  I’m glad we were able to attend.  I’m also very glad that I ran the whole thing!  It was a 5k so 3.1 miles, and I honestly have not run over a mile in on go in a long time, at least a year.  I couldn’t believe it!  It just goes to show that sticking with a good clean diet and following GPP workouts will keep you physically fit and prepared for whatever life throws at you.  I’m proud of my husband to for joining me and finishing before me!  Really I’m proud of my whole family (at least all who were there) for taking part! Thanks, Mom for inviting us!

Over the weekend…

I watched General Conference.  If you don’t know that is a 2 day conference that’s televised and put on by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where the prophet and church leaders speak.  It happens every 6 months.  There were some great talks. I felt very inspired and encouraged after it.  Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from them:

IMG_20131007_142719Over the weekend…

We had company for dinner!  I made homemade gluten free pizza. (as one of our guests has Celiac’s Disease)  I made 1 completely vegan mostly for me:)  and 2 cheese and veggie pizzas.  I followed this recipe minus the tomato sauce-I just used store bought;)  I think it turned out pretty good, although I need to remember to bake the crust a little longer next time!  The vegan cheese sauce was fantastic though and I will probably be making it again:)

This is before it was baked, the "cheese" browns up nicely, suprisingly enough:)

This is before it was baked, the “cheese” browns up nicely, surprisingly enough:)

Overall it was a fun and busy weekend.  How was yours?!

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Do you have any pets?

Pumped Up Pudding Recipe

I’m pretty happy I decided to join Meg in her October challenge of having a a different breakfast everyday of the month! Happy because it brought me to today’s recipe.  I was pleasantly surprised how creamy and thick this came out.   And it kept me full all morning at work so that’s a major win!


Pumped Up Sweet Potato Pudding

Serves 1

  • 1 medium sweet potato, cooked.  (about 1 cup cubed)
  • 3 oz of pressed tofu (i used extra firm)
  • 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 liquid of choice*
  • Cinnamon to taste
  • Any toppings you’d like. I went with cacao nibs for some crunch:)

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth.

* I started with 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk and then added about 1/4 of water to help it blend.

I loved this exactly how it was, just slightly sweet and extra nutty:) But if you prefer things a little sweeter add in your preferred sweetener.  I bet 1 or 2 dates would be awesome!

Who knew pudding could be so satisfying with a wonderful balance of nutrients including over 16 grams of protein!

Too bad I have 27 days to go until I have this for breakfast again! Although this would be great any time of day.

Some may find this strange, but I just find it good;) #strangebutgood

Try it out and let me know what you think!

In other news, I’m looking forward to the weekend because I will be taking part in a Color Run along with some of my family members:)  The run is to raise money for those hurt by wildfires in our area this year, which sadly is a lot of people.  It should be a fun event though and I’m really looking forward to it:)

I hope you all have a great weekend too!




October Goals and a Challenge

Hello friends.   Happy October to you.

Its a new month and I’m ready for some new goals.  Its been awhile since I’ve done a goal post but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been setting them! I’m a big believer in goals and challenges. And I have lots of plans in my head but I need that push to accomplish them.

So for this month my goals are:

  1. Have a different breakfast everyday of the month. Last month Meg challenged herself to have a different breakfast everyday for September and she rocked at it.  She is continuing that challenge for herself for October too so I decided to join her, because why not?! It looked fun and delicious and it will challenge me to get a little more creative as I tend to stick to the same 3 or 4 breakfasts:) I will try and share any new recipes I come up with if they turn out well!
  2. Study my scriptures everyday.  I try to read everyday but I could definitely be better at this.  I need to focus on really studying the good word and not just reading it!
  3. Prioritize my time better.  I have big hopes for building my personal training business more but sometimes I get lazy and distracted when i should really be trying to get the word out!

Well, I’m feeling good about this month. I think these will keep me busy for sure!

Before I go let me post my first breakfast of the month:

Quinoa flakes with mixed nuts, goji berries, and fresh almond milk and some coconut oil

Quinoa flakes with mixed nuts, goji berries, and fresh almond milk and some coconut oil

Have you made any goals this month? 

Any breakfast recipes you’d like to share? I’d love to try them out if you do!