Posts tagged #breakfast

Overnight Steel Cut Oats: apples, cinnamon, dates and almond milk

I kept seeing overnight oats all over Pinterest and I kept telling myself I would make them. Well, I finally did. I created my own recipe using ingredients I love. I used steel cut oats instead of rolled oats and a Medjool dates instead of honey. The results were awesome. The best part is having something healthy waiting for you in the fridge when you wake up in the AM! 

*I chose to use steel cut oats instead of rolled oats because steel cut oats are less processed. Just be mindful the texture is different than rolled oats, as steel cut oats are a little more chewy and absorb less liquid. 



Serving size 2 (I separated these into two mason jars)

  • 1 cup steel cut oats- rinsed and strained
  • 1 cup homemade almond milk (you can use any kind of milk) here is my homemade cashew milk recipe
  • half of an apple diced
  • 1 Medjool date pitted and cut into small pieces
  • cinnamon to taste
  • slivered almonds for crunch to add on top 


  • rinse the steel cut oats
  • Cut up half of an apple and 1 date. 
  • Grab two mason jars (or any kind of container with a lid) put 1/2 cup of oats and 1/2 cup of milk in each jar. If you want a little more milk feel free to add. You want to make sure all of the oats are covered by the milk.
  • Separate apples and dates into each jar.
  • Add cinnamon.

Cover the jar and shake. Place the jars in the fridge and wait for your overnight oats to be created. I shook my jars, every now and then, to get it all mixed.

Take out the next day and top with fresh apples and slivered almonds for some crunch! 


The only sugar in this recipe comes from the dates and apples... SCORE! The oats are so YUMMY, so tasty, and good for you (great source of fiber!)

How do you make YOUR oats?

My breakfast this AM and a Maxi dress worth buying

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Most mornings I have time to make myself breakfast. I love to  sit, relax , drink my tea and update myself on anything that happened in the world while I was sleeping. Not every morning is so glorious. On those mornings I have to grab and go. I can not function on an empty stomach. Here are my go to, on the go, breakfast ideas:

1. I always pair a fruit with a nut. I never do just a fruit.  I like a banana  or apple and a handful of almonds or walnuts.

2. KIND bars!  LOVE LOVE LOVE. Especially the  NUTS & SPICES. I grab that along with a banana.

3. While I am getting ready I put a piece of bread in the toaster, spread some nut butter on it, slice some apples and make an on-the-go sandwich.

Quick healthy options right there for you. What is your on the go meal?

Have you tried KIND bars? Which bar is your favorite?!

This past weekend I had two wedding celebrations. I wanted to share this maxi dress with you because it is just AWESOME. If you are looking for a summery fun maxi dress, check this one out! AND its on SALE! :) AND how gorgeous is the bride!!!!

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The back is the best part!

My earrings: I searched far and wide for the earrings that I am wearing. I really like the look of BIG earrings but can not wear them. They are usually heavy and I feel like they are pulling my ear lobes off and making my earring hole SO big.  I am always on the look out for BIG but LIGHT earrings! I found some that are great.  Hoop-la!  Their color selection is AWESOME and their airy-ness is the best.  I wore purple ones above, and black ones below.


Stay tuned for your weekly workout! Will post tomorrow  or Friday! Wishing you SWEET SWEAT! XO

Posted on August 21, 2013 and filed under food.

Muffin Tin Baked Eggs Recipe: GREAT breakfast for the on-the-go person.


I LOVE EGGS! And I know most of us have busy schedules leaving us little time in the AM to make and prepare an intense festive breakfast. BUT that does not mean you can not eat a HEALTHY breakfast.

This muffin tin baked eggs recipe is pretty awesome. It will take a little prep time, but it will yield about four days worth of breakfast with no fussing in the morning, and you will have a healthy breakfast in no time.


  • 1 dozen eggs
  • veggies that you wish (I have mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus and garlic. I added cilantro to the top before I put it in the oven)
  • EVOO
  • muffin tin


  • preheat oven to 350
  • Chop veggies small
  • sautee in a pan with EVOO and garlic for about 4 minutes. Not too long because it will cook more in the oven.  Add salt, pepper, any seasoning you like. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl beat all 12 eggs add a tiny splash of water to add some fluff to your eggs.
  • Spray/lightly oil muffin tin. Eggs will stick!
  • Scoop veggies into muffin tin. Top off with egg mixture.
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Place egg and veggie mixture  in the oven for 20 minutes or until you see the eggs start to puff up. Take out and LET IT SIT for 5 minutes!! After it has set, take a knife and circle each muffin tin to release the egg. Eat two and then place the rest in a zip lock bag in the fridge (let it cool off first). When you are ready for breakfast take two muffin eggs out of the fridge, pop it in the microwave for 45 seconds and PERECTO, you have a great healthy breakfast!! SO fast, so easy, and soooo delicious. Eggs will stay good in the fridge up to four days. You can store in a plastic ziplock bag or glass container. Try putting a paper towel inside the bag to absorb any moisture eggs release.

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Have you made these egg muffins before? What type of veggies do you put inside? I'd love to hear from you!


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Posted on August 9, 2013 and filed under savory, food, breakfast.

Grapefruit too bitter? Try this!

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I'll admit it, I am not a fan of grapefruit. I always get annoyed when health magazines and websites tell us to eat grapefruit for breakfast. Like really? You want us to like the taste of grapefruit?!!

I was SO excited when I came across an article on how to take the bitterness out of grapefruit. Watch the video below as it shows you what to do! So easy, and it works! I now can enjoy grapefruit!


Posted on May 29, 2013 and filed under food, breakfast, dessert.

Pumpkin Protein Pankcakes

protein pancakes

protein pancakes

Most of my clients are away for the holidays/New Year, so it is a very slow time of year for me. I am not complaining  and am actually embracing the time I have for myself. I will be able to blog, work out class formats, make videos, and COOK! I will say it. I am NOT a good cook. I try, I experiment, but I am really not that great. My mom and dad are both great cooks, and both my parents agree that my mom used to stink. So, I still have a chance.

My camera man is very critical of everything I make. Rarely does he say something is "GREAT". So when he says something is good, I know he means it. He always jokes that he is going to send me to cooking school. He says it so much that I am starting to think he is serious.

I woke up early this morning with a craving for pancakes. I remembered a friend/student of mine talking about  Carrots 'N' Cake Pumpkin Protein Pancakes, and how she loved them! Tina, from Carrots 'N' Cake took my ZUMBA class at Equinox a little while back. TIna was so sweet and down to earth, I loved having her in class.

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carrots and cake pic

I searched her blog this morning for the famous "Pumpkin Protein Pancakes (Wicked Good)" recipe. I was nervous I was not going to have all the ingredients since I definitely need to do some major food shopping.

Luckily for me the list was short! Phew:

  • 2 tbsp canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal

Look here at Carrots 'N' Cake blog for the recipe.

I changed a couple of things. I did not have nutmeg so I added a tiny bit of vanilla extract and some pumpkin pie spice. I also added a tablespoon of chia seeds into the mix.

protein pancake

protein pancake



My first attempt was a fail. I think my pan was too hot and I flipped too early. It was stuck to the pan and fell apart.



My second attempt was a success. It flipped easily and looked great. And the taste you ask? Delicious! I was surprised by these amazing little pancakes. They are "wicked good"!

Do you have a quick and easy homemade pancake recipe?

Posted on December 19, 2012 and filed under food, breakfast, sweet.

Amanda's Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins (no butter)

While in Vermont this past weekend my friend Amanda brought her amazing blueberry muffins! They were not too sweet, making them an awesome breakfast or snack. Amanda's Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins


  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cup mashed bananas
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 cup soy milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease muffin pans.
  •  In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.  In a separate bowl, mix the bananas, egg whites, vanilla extract and milk.
  •  Mix the banana mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.  Fold in the blueberries. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan.
  •  Bake 16-18 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
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Posted on July 20, 2011 and filed under food, snack, sweet, dessert.

good morning oatmeal breakfast

1/2 - 3/4 cup Organic Old Fashioned Oats (Country Choice Trader Joes) 1/4 - 3/4 cup Vanilla Almond Milk ( Almond Breeze Trader Joes)

1 cup Water

2 generous tbs Protein Powder ( MET-Rx Pr0tein Plus Trader Joes)

1/2 organic Pink Lady Apple ( chopped)

Cinnamon to taste


1.mix oats, protein powder and cinnamon

2. add water and mix

3. microwave for 2 minutes

4. Take out and mix. Add chopped apples.

5. microwave for 2 more minutes and mix

Next time:

If you like your oatmeal thicker add more oats.  If you prefer your oatmeal soupier add more almond milk or water .  Have fun with this recipe. I really never do it the same twice.  Add a different fruit? Put more almond milk? Different flavor protein powder?  Enjoy and keep dancing!

Posted on January 9, 2011 and filed under breakfast.