Wake Up and Smell The Cinnamon!

Damn, that nasty alarm went off again. I don’t like Tuesday. It’s the second Monday. My puppy isn’t sleeping near me anymore to wake me up with a sloppy kiss. Not a good start; but wait! I have a yum breakfast waiting for me in my fridge 😀

Clearly, I’m not a morning person. I ONLY wake up on time because I know it’s a good habit and it’s good to be disciplined, etc.. Oh and it makes my parents happy. I have to kick myself out of bed every single day. The one thing I look forward to every morning is a delicious breakfast. In an ideal world this means means fluffy pancakes drizzled with honey, waffles with whipped cream and strawberries.. what it also means is BIG calories (makes me want to go back to sleep already..). So, I’ve been turning to bran or wheat cereal with a  slice of wheat bread, or pulses cooked at home with a slice of bread. This routine has become so terribly redundant that the sight of these foods now makes me nauseous. However, I simply cannot function without a good, fulfilling breakfast so I decided to experiment a little last night.

A mason jar, uncooked oats, LOTS OF CINNAMON with strawberries and bananas. Voila – I found my breakfast calling!

This recipe is hassle-free, super easy, quick, very healthy and above all, DELISH. There’s not one ingredient that isn’t good for you.

Oats – lower cholesterol, weight management, high fibre content

Cinnamon – blood sugar control, weight management, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial

Milk – Duh

Fruits – filled with nutrients, fibre and good sugars

This recipe serves one.

You will need:

1/4 cup uncooked oats (I use the usual, Quaker)
1/2 cup cold milk (skimmed)
Cinnamon powder (as much as you like, I used 2 tbsp)
3 medium sized strawberries, chopped
1 small, ripe banana, sliced

1. Before you get to bed, grab hold of a mason jar (or frankly, any other will do. Mason jars are just purrrrrty 🙂 ) and add all of the above ingredients together.
2. Mix gently with a spoon and shut the lid tight.
3. Refrigerate overnight and the next morning you will have a great breakfast waiting for you! You can even have it on the go if you’re running late 🙂

That’s literally all you have to do. A brilliant breakfast ready for you in under 5 minutes.

Here are some other breakfast ideas I found online if you’re in the mood to experiment – http://greatist.com/health/healthy-fast-breakfast-recipes

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Image courtesy: Pintrest.com

I apologise, I haven’t been able to do a shoot, hence the image has been borrowed from Pintrest.

Righteous Nutella Iced Coffee

Looking to drive away those mid-week blues? Got kids at home? Treating someone special? Nursing a broken heart or just some much deserved self pampering? This sinful iced coffee is your solution to EVERYTHING. It’s was mum’s birthday two days ago and since she is forever watching what she eats, I decided to whip this up for her as she spent an hour of her special day walking on the treadmill! I really don’t know how this (super)woman does it!

P.S You will have to run for a couple of more kilometres to burn these calories! I do promise though that every sip will be worth it.

This recipe serves 2.

Ingredients:

2 cups milk
6-8 ice cubes
2-3 tsp instant coffee powder (I used Nescafe)
5 giant tbsp Nutella
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Chocolate chips, cherries, chocolate sauce, or chocolate vermicelli for topping

Method:

1. Add the milk, ice cubes, coffee powder and Nutella into a blender and blend on a high speed for a couple of minutes (longer, if your Nutella has hardened). That’s it!
2. Keep in the refrigerator to chill.
3. Serve in a tall glass. Fill 3/4th of the glass with the coffee and the rest with a scoop of ice cream. Top it up with chocolate chips, chocolate sauce, vermicelli, or whatever you like.

Quick Tip:

You may want to add sugar depending on how sweet you like your coffee. I recommend not more than 1-2 tsp.