Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal!!

Blueberry Cheesecake Oatmeal

Goodmorning! Welcome to my first post of the oatmeal collection. This first recipe was the first I wanted to try and create because one of my absolute favourite foods is cheesecake with blueberry sauce! This oatmeal turned out so well I couldn’t wait to share it. The cream cheese makes the oatmeal so smooth and creamy. If you love cheesecake, you too will love this delicious variation on oatmeal. Take me to the recipe!

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Healthy Breakfast, Awesome School Lunch, Snack & Dinner

Coconut Oatmeal

Good evening! A little late for a post but I wanted to get it in before the day was over! So to start things off, I wanted to let you guys know I will be doing a series of posts on different variations of oatmeal! I know it’s a common food that lots of people have on hand and I figure the recipes may come in handy if you need to spice up your usual breakfast 🙂 With that being said..here was today’s oatmeal.
The add-ins: 1/2 tsp coconut oil, 2/3 cup almond milk, 2 drops stevia sweetener, dash of salt, 1/8 tsp vanilla extract, mini “enjoy life” chocolate chips, small piece of chopped banana, blueberries, 1/2 tsp cinnamon mixed into the oats plus more for topping, sprinkle of shredded coconut, 6 or 7 almonds crushed, light sprinkle of stevia granular. I went a little crazy with ingredients but this creative mix was really great and satisfied my sweet tooth!.

School Lunch Salad
For lunch, I wanted to share with you my absolute favourite thing to eat that I have pretty much every single day! It’s perfect to pack in a cooler/lunch pail for on the go!
My super-filling and very healthy/delicious salad(I’m hesitant to even call it a salad since it is so much more!) includes:
-about 1 cup chopped romaine
-1/4 tomato chopped
-2 large baby carrots or 4 small chopped finely
-1 small chunk of cucumber sliced into 4th’s
-1 chunk of red pepper & 1 chunk of green pepper chopped
-1-2 tbsp minced/finely chopped red onion
-1/2 a piece of black forest ham ripped into smaller pieces
-1/4 cup shredded plain chicken mixed with salt & pepper(mixing it with quite a bit helps to season the whole salad, I prefer canned chicken breast for salads since it’s moist and shreds easily!)
-1 small handful of dried chickpeas
-1/2-1tbsp pecans sprinkled on top
-1/4 of a large avocado or 1/2 of a small one, sprinkle with a little salt before adding for best results!(BEST PART!!)
-20g (about 1-1.5cm thick slice) of chevre or goat cheese.( I buy the one with herbs/spices which really makes a difference!)

Dressing:
-kraft fat-free italian dressing (I love this dressing!!)
-also try olive oil feta dressing

And that’s it! Some days I replace the chickpeas with kidney or black beans and replace the shredded chicken with tuna, yum!!!

Either way I guarantee you will love my outrageous salad. I will include the recipe in a separate post for easier access since this is one of my favourite dishes i’ve ever come up with!

Protein Hummus Snack
My snack today was the last of my protein crunch bars. It was OK. Not amazing but better then others I’ve had! I still love the yogurt one of the same brand though. I think that’s the only one I would buy again! I also ate today, spicy hummus with carrots/cauliflowers(one of my favourite snacks!) and a little fruit salad just because!
Swiss Chalet Chicken

Dinner tonight is not very pretty to look at but I just wanted to get something to show you guys because this is honestly one of the best dinners EVER. It doesn’t look like much but this is the exact replica of Swiss Chalet Chicken with actual Swiss Chalet Sauce you can make at home. So so so good!! This is my new favourite way to eat chicken. On the side, not included in the picture I had peas and some brown rice with soya sauce.
Oh! I also had a little piece of homemade healthy banana bread for dessert…forgot to take a picture.
Later before bed, after my late workout I had some cottage cheese and a tbsp or so of peanut butter.

That’s all for today! I will post more tomorrow, looks like it could be a snow day, fingers crossed! 🙂

~Sam~

P.S would you guys be interested in a workout page? I realized I post so much about my eating but I never post how I stay in shape! Let me know what you think by commenting on this post!

Comfort Foods, Breakfast & Dinner!

Breakfast Toast Banana PB

Breakfast Today I had an old favourite that I haven’t eaten for a long time! I had 2 slices of thick cut whole wheat bread with natural PB and banana! It was quite a bit and sadly I was full before finishing it all(so hard to throw out good food!) and I wish I hadn’t since I was starving by lunch time! I will probably stick to my usually more filling breakfasts on school days but this was a nice change :).

Pulled Pork Over Rice

For dinner I had some awesome homemade pulled pork (made by my Mom) served over brown rice. So good!

Let me know if you guys like these daily food posts! I will keep it up if you do!

Dinner!

Dinner Stuffed Pepper

Dinner! Tonight I had a delicious stuffed pepper. My Mom made them and as she was serving mine it kind of fell apart…lol. But it still tasted so good! I was full so I didn’t finish all of it but still made room for a little piece of my healthy banana bread for dessert :).

What did you have for dinner tonight?

Decadent Clean Eating Coconut-Banana French Toast

Coconut banana french toast

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french toast banana coconut piece
Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a good night sleep, if not well then not to worry, I’ve got a breakfast that will brighten up anyone’s day! It’s made with healthy ingredients that will keep you on track to a better lifestyle but will have you astounded at how delicious eating healthy can really be! Like coconut? Love banana? Then this is for you! I love french toast so I decided I would try a new variation this morning with coconut milk and a warm banana sauce. It turned out great! Try it out if you don’t believe me! 🙂 Take me to the recipe!

Overnight Cinnabun Oats and Healthy Banana Bread!

Overnight Cinnabun Oats

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So like I said I would, I tested out my awesome new Cinnabun Trutein Protein Powder. It worked really well in my overnight proats . I found it’s very similar to the vanilla trutein though, not that that’s a bad thing!

Later that same day I didn’t have much of an actual lunch since I ended up going to a gym for the first time in my life! I found that I actually still prefer working out at home. I think I just feel like everyone is staring at me at the gym haha. But I do have to admit they have some pretty awesome high-tech treadmills that make mine at home look like a dinosaur.
After my workout I had a protein bar & later had a hard boiled egg with lots of hummus and veggies. I also made…BANANA BREAD! I have been dying to make this ever since I saw we had 3 super ripe bananas. Perfect! This banana bread is so healthy and delicious! I substituted mini choco. chips for the walnuts in the original recipe and left out the water and just added 1/2 tsp baking soda + a little less than 1 tsp baking powder. I also used 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. I can’t believe this stuff is healthy! But nope no artificial sweetener or sugars added, only honey :).

Banana Bread

mmmm… you know you want a piece…

It’s finally here!! Trutein Cinnabun

Trutein Cinnabun

A while ago I won a cooking contest for trutein protein powder (yes, super excited! I never win anything). So my prize was any protein powder from their brand that I wanted. By the way I highly recommend them, they are honestly the best protein powders for baking! None of that icky after-taste. Anyways, I already had the vanilla kind and I have heard nothing but great reviews about the cinnabun so of course, loving cinnamon and all, I had to order it! It took like 2-3 weeks to get here and by then I had completely forgotten about it until it showed up yesterday! So now I already pre-made some overnight pr-oats with it for tomorrow and I will let you guys know how it goes!

Have you ever tried trutein protein powder? If not, what’s your fav. one to use?

Avocado-Shrimp Salad with Lime Dressing

Avocado Shrimp Salad
This salad is such a wonderful light and filling but not stuffing dinner. I loved how it had no mayo so it lets the other flavours really shine! Perfect for a summer picnic :).

Serves 2
Ingredients:
-20-30 large shrimp frozen, thawed under cold running water & chopped (pre-cooked kind, but you could cook/peel/devein your own if you’d like, just let them chill for a bit afterwards.)
-1 ripe avocado cut in chunks
-2 tbsp chopped red onion
-1-2 cups romaine lettuce chopped
-1/2 a large tomato or 1 small, chopped
-1/8 tsp garlic powder
-1/8 tsp onion powder
-1/4-1/2 tsp dried basil
-1/4-1/2 tsp dried oregano
-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes or to taste
-salt/pepper to taste
-1 tbsp chopped pecans
-2 tsp olive oil
-juice of one lime
optional:-chopped cucumber, pinch of coriander

Directions: Combine the olive oil and lime juice in a bowl along with some salt/pepper and the red onion and allow to marinate for about 4-5 minutes. Then throw in the rest of your ingredients and add your spices/pecans & possibly additional salt/pepper. Toss to coat everything with dressing. Chill in the fridge for a few hours or serve immediately! Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Snacks & Breakfasts

Hey! Been gone for awhile yet again..school is keeping me busy but I am still trying to post lots of the weekends so these are just some pictures to catch you up on some of what I’ve been eating during the week. I am pretty boring for meals during school because it’s hard to find time to make really creative recipes, so most of these foods are simple and clean 🙂

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For breakfast one day I made baked banana oatmeal with mini enjoy life chocolate chips and walnuts..yummy! Ignore the messy pan. I so brilliantly forgot to grease it or spray it with pam so it was just a joy to clean out afterwards! But still completely worth the mess.

Strawberry Shortcake

Also during the week I made a funny looking microwave protein “strawberry shortcake” from a recipe I altered a bit. It was pretty tasty! I love my strawberry-rhubarb jam in just about anything though so that could be why it tasted so good. I could eat that stuff on cardboard and still enjoy it!

Snack Time Hummus

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I also had a few really great snacks, I eat these pretty often because of convenience but they are actually so good. Sometimes simple really is best.

In the first photos/ first snack I had chipotle spicy hummus (from costco) with lots of carrots and cauliflower. I really recommend you try this hummus if you like spicy like I do! I have been through 3 hummus’ now trying to find one that was actually spicy enough for my liking and finally I think I found one! But I still threw in a few extra chili pepper flakes just cuz. 😉 I usually eat this with a side of red velvet cake tea from David’s tea and one of “The Best Homemade Protein Bars Ever”.

Fruit Bowl

Another snack I loveeeee to eat either right when I wake up or immediately following a workout is a bowl of fresh fruit. Thankfully I have an awesome Mom who makes a giant fruit bowl of mixed fruits every week so all I have to do is grab some!

Bedtime Post-Workout Snack

Bedtime snacks for me are usually high protein/high fat, low carb. But on this particular night I ran out of my awesome 2% cottage cheese (yes I LOVE plain cottage cheese, I know I’m weird.) and natural peanut butter which I usually just eat 1-2 tbsp of straight from the container haha. So instead since I did a really late workout I had some carbs/protein which included 3/4 cup 0% plain greek yogurt with mixed berries, a dash of stevia/vanilla extract/cinnamon & some low-sugar syrup.

P.S, “like” for my winnie the pooh spoon?

Ham english muffin

Another breakfast I randomly decided to take a picture of is actually one of my favourites even though it looks extremely boring. I just hadn’t gotten around to putting the jam on yet because it was early and I wasn’t really thinking about my photography skills, I just wanted to eat, haha. But it’s basically just a whole-wheat muffin with sugar-free natural strawberry/rhubarb jam and 2 pieces of Canadian Bacon. This breakfast contains 18g of protein so it’s really great! But even better is when I make a sunny-side up egg, 1 piece of bacon and the english muffin, half for dipping in the egg and half for spreading with jam..perfection!

 

Tonight’s Dinner

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For dinner today I made another recipe from dashing dish (my favourite website for healthy recipes!) along with my homemade “Campbell’s Vegetable Soup”. It was such a filling delicious dinner. It had 30g of protein! I have never had chicken pot pie “muffins” before so these were really unique and a great new way to eat chicken! The only changes I made was with the spices since I had no poultry seasoning. Instead I used thyme, basil, parsley, a sprinkle of sage/majoram, salt, pepper & onion/garlic powder to make my own!
Recipe for mini chicken pot pies: http://dashingdish.com/recipe/chicken-pot-pie-muffins/