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Strawberries make the world go round!

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Had breakfast this morning and oh how I have missed my strawberries! I was out of them for over a week and have since realized that they must have a super power that keeps the Earth spinning! They can top just about any kind of breakfast! Here’s what I enjoyed this morning!

Kashi Autumn Wheat cereal, cottage cheese, local KBC coffee and of course… STRAWBERRIES! But what is so good about them aside from their excellent flavor? It’s fruit, DUH!

OK, to be serious now… strawberries are high in fiber, vitamin c (don’t like oranges? pick up some strawberries!) and other vitamins, and are also full of antioxidents and phytonutrients that fight free radicals in our bodies. All that power in a tangy-sweet little bite size morsel! Who would have thought that Clean Eating could be so delicious! Other berries (blue- rasp- black-berries, etc…) are equally good for you as well, so take advantage of berry season, stock up on frozen berries for the winter and enjoy!

Not sure what to do with berries? Put ’em on cereal, oatmeal, or drop ’em in yogurt or cottage cheese. Make a salad with them or a healthy berry cobbler dessert. Or, just eat em straight from the package!

Or, try this recipe:

Ingredients

VINAIGRETTE
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar or white balsamic vinegar
6 ounces extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

SALAD
6 ounces baby spinach, washed and patted dry
2 cups strawberries, quartered
1 avocado, thinly sliced
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup rough chopped pecans, toasted

Preparation

1. VINAIGRETTE In the small bowl, whisk together the champagne vinegar, olive oil, honey, and sea salt.

2. SALAD: In the salad bowl(s), arrange the ingredients in layers: baby spinach on the bottom, then strawberries, avocado slices, pecans, goat cheese, and pecans. Serve with the vinaigrette.

*recipe and image courtesy of Andreasrecipes.com.

Hope everyone enjoyed my double post Monday!

Question: What is your favorite way to eat berries?

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Good Morning Breakfast!

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I finally tried what everyone is talking about… overnight oats! Oatmeal seems all the rave around the blogging food-o-sphere, like here, here, and here. Final verdict: back to the drawing board. And because I am such a bad blogger, I didn’t take any pics so I will give you a shot of my half finished locally roasted Kaladi Brothers Coffee instead:

Anyways, back to the oats. My attempt was an apple cinnamon (for lack of other ingredients, i.e. strawberries – *cry*) and my first impression was simply ICK! But, try try again is the old motto, so I did. I promptly decided to warm them up over the stove and that seemed to do the trick for me. They were decent, but I think I have something against cinnamon. Either way, when my fridge is refilled with good toppings, I will definitely give this breakfast a second go.

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats (for two):

1 cup oats

1 cup skim milk

2 Tbsp wheat germ

2 Tbsp golden flax seeds

2 tsp sucanat

1 apple of choice

pinch cinnamon to taste

-combine ingredients to sucanat, mix, and refrigerate over night.

-chop apple into bite size chunks, combine ingredients in pan, add cinnamon and stir over med/low heat until desired temperature. Serve and enjoy.

The whole reason behind the attempted breakfast is the simplicity of it. Add berries, vanilla, PB, you name it! The possibilities are endless! And for somebody that works at 6:30 am (my loving wife who too often skips breakfast), simplicity is a must in the morning!

Well, I’m off for now to read more blogs before work.

Question: What is your favorite oats flavor/topping combination?

Not feelin so good… sort of…

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OK, well mentally I’m feelin’ GREAT! After last nights workout and only 6 hours of sleep, I am surprisingly awake and eating my post exercise breakfast! YUP! I pounded out another 1.75 painful miles this morning on a day I should’ve rested (last nights workout really kicked my @$$). Leme tell you, NOW I’m sore!

But strawberries make everything better! Like this mornings oats (which I haven’t eaten in a LONG time):

My Oats:

1/3c oats

sprinkling of chopped dates

boiling water

1 heaping tbs each of:

wheat germ

ground flax seed

soy protein powder

and of course: STRAWBERRIES!

Add the cup of cottage cheese, fresh brewed kaladi brother’s peru blend coffee, and water and we’ve got a nice healthy breakfast (with no sugar required!). Now hopefully my muscles will heal by tomorrow from all the many, MANY squats we did in that Group Power class last night.

And speaking of the class, it was kinda weird being the only guy in there. I don’t know, but I think I might need to go back to my normal weight lifting routines. I guess we’ll see come next monday!

OK, well I’m off to get ready for work!

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July 27, 2010 at 7:44 am

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So here it is, I’ve finally gotten around to posting on my food/exercise blog. Basically this is gonna be about my choice to live a healthy, energetic lifestyle. I am currently at the heaviest point in my life and it’s time to turn it around and make it better. I am going to Eat Clean, lose weight and hopefully be a happier person because of it! So up for breakfast today: Kashi Autumn Wheat cereal topped with strawberries (I eat this a lot right now because I never knew how good fresh strawberries could be!). I like this cereal because it only has 3 ingredients! I also had some peppered hard-boiled egg whites and (of course!) coffee!

On the agenda for the day: going to commute to work on my bike today, possibly a long walk on lunch, and (if it’s not pouring rain) I’m going to try my scenic bike ride along the coastal trail home. This ride was ruined by weather the last time I tried so my fingers are crossed… OK, that’s all the time I have this morning. Hopefully my re-debut to blogging holds through this time. I’ll try to update later!

P.S. had to throw a family pic in here just because!

She is adorable curled up on her Mom’s suitcase!

UPDATE: The morning ride was awesome! Weather today is finally nice and I hope it holds up until 7:00 pm when I get off work. I’m going to attempt the coastal trail again on my way home and hopefully make it further than the airport post office! 🙂 (Torrential rain ruined it last time) OK, back to work!

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July 23, 2010 at 7:45 am