Breakfast-ing

I’m loving life here in the Maldives!

I awoke this morning around 7am and spent 40 mins in bed watching Star Trek (it was on HBO and I couldn’t help but watch. SUCH a good movie!) then it was a quick face wash and tooth brushing and I was off to breakfast.

Breakfast here is just glorious.

Notice how everyone is barefoot? No shoes necessary at this resort 🙂 (They even have these cute green paddings that cover the bicycle pedals and make it comfortable for bare feet to peddle.)

It’s served in the main ‘house’ – about a 5 min bike ride from my villa.

Fresh Fruit

Choose any fruit you like and these guys will cut it up for you.

Bread and Jam

Cereal (in the wooden boxes) and toppings

They have all sorts of toppings, from dried fruits [dates, figs, apricots..] to roasted nuts [pistachios, almonds, sunflower seeds…] and more.

Pastries

Hot Foods and Yogurts

Some of my breakfast eats:

Yesterday:

Mango, guava, and rambutan

Detox Juice – beets, celery, apple, ginger

Dragonfruit and Mangosteens


Cereal & a dried fig in soy milk

Wheat toast, pineapple, chocolate chip muffin, pancake (i couldn’t resist and had to get one 😉 ), and jellies

Today:

Passionfruit, plum, rambutan, and two fruits I don’t know the name of

This was my first time seeing that bean-shaped fruit on the right. It originally looks like this with its shell on.

It tastes kind of like a dried date.

Carrot and apple juice shooter

Toast with honey, lemon basil jelly, pineapple jelly, and coconut jelly (the best out of the three!) and a side of muesli.

Fresh squeezed pineapple juice with ginger and mint.

Cereal with pistachios and cashews, waffle with chocolate syrup, and papaya

Mango, dragonfruit, and rambutan

I’m loving all this fresh fruit! I promise I didn’t eat ALL of this alone, but I did eat the majority of it. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yeah?
I need all the energy I can get in order to bike around the island 🙂
I get to bike past this organic garden everyday.

Above the garden is a restaurant, Leaf, where I actually just had dinner tonight.

I also get to bike along this path that smells so good and forest-y.

I love that this resort is eco-friendly and serves mainly natural and organic foods including free range meats, all locally sourced.

Today’s been a looong day and I can barely keep my eyelids from drooping. Time for bed! Night 🙂

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Chocolate-Brown Pancakes

So the other night I was sitting with my mom and sister and I began talking to my sister about lady gaga and how my mom had been watching a lady gaga special on mtv the night before, when my mom pipes into our convo and says…”I think she might be kind of weird.” Needless to say my sister and I had a good laugh. Seriously?…Just kind of weird?  She’s Lady Gaga!  I’m pretty sure she’s so well recognized because of her desire to be different.  Which I have no problem with…whatever floats your boat 🙂

I just felt like sharing.

Now onto the best meal of the day.  I was feeling both oats and pancakes, but in the end pancakes won out since I had the extra time to make them.  It was a bit on the brown side today…

But that didn’t keep it from being some of the best pancakes I’ve ever made!  I ate every last bite, even though it was borderline too much.  I’m just going to say I purposely made them this way because one of my favorite foods just happens to be this color.

Chocolate-Brown Pancakes

  • 1/2 cup Kodiak Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 huge T organic low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 T ground flax
  • ~ 1-2 T peanut flour
  • 1/2 t extra virgin coconut oil for greasing pan
  • 1 banana, sliced into rounds

Chocolate PB Sauce

  • 5 t chocolate pb2
  • 4 t peanut flour
  • water until right consistency

Combine first 5 ingredients (up to peanut flour) and stir until combined.  Grease pan with coconut oil and cook pancakes at medium low heat.

I layered bananas and chocolate PB sauce between each pancake and topped off with more bananas, pb sauce, walnuts, and a sprinkle of reduced fat shredded coconut.  Those blackish specks may not be all that attractive looking, but have no fear, its just chocolate!

Check out the layers…Good to the last bite!

I have to go get a shot in my arm today at the clinic.  I’m not really looking forward to it…

What’s your greatest fear in life?  I’m not necessarily deathly afraid of shots.  I just don’t like them.  What I do dislike and fear though is spiders.  They creep me out.


Everything Pancakes

Thats what I felt like I had put in when I was making my breakfast this morning.  Today was one of those days where I was all over the place.  I wasn’t craving anything in particular, yet I kind of wanted everything.

Everything Pancakes

  • 1/3 cup kodiak cake mix
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 heaping t organic low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • blueberries

Mix kodiak cake mix with water, than add in cottage cheese and quinoa.  Fold in blueberries.  Cook at medium heat for about 5 mins, or until browned on each side.  Enjoy with some blueberries, banana slices and a waterfall of chocolate peanut butter goodness.

I’m down to my last pack of TJ’s peanut flour (major 😦 face) so in order to make it last as long as possible, I’ve resorted to using other peanut flours.  I bought a jar of chocolate PB2 not knowing that there is added sugar in it so it was way sweeter than I had expected.  I added a little bit of TJ’s peanut flour and some extra dark cocoa powder to it and mixed it with a little water and, easy as that, it was much better!

This is a breakfast I will be repeating for sure.  I’m totally loving the addition of quinoa to all my breakfasts!

As expected, I barely got started on my summer classes yesterday.  I managed to buy two of my books and download the syllabus, but I still need to go to the bookstore to purchase one more book.  I ended up watching way too many episodes of Glee on Netflix (I just started and am loving it!), and than going out to watch the International Final Qualifier for The Open Championship at my local country club. I’ve been going for the last two years and yet I’m still amazed at the fact that we can walk right along side all the PGA professionals and talk with them, given that they feel like talking.  I didn’t stay for too long since it was hot and humid out (i know…I’m a wimp) and only ended up watching Mike Weir, Daniel Chopra, Ricky Barnes.  I saw quite a few other golfers as I was walking in, but the only one I recognized was Brandt Snedeker.  I wish Sergio Garcia hadn’t withdrawn…He would’ve been so much fun to watch!

I need to organize my class schedule today and figure out when all my tests/quizzes are so I can plan out the rest of my summer.  Is anyone else taking summer school?  Or do you have any exciting plans this summer? 


Berry-licious Sunday

Rain or shine, Sunday’s are always the perfect day for pancakes.  To continue my welcome to summer, I decided to make some berry-filled pancakes.  Peanut butter and berries pancakes to be exact.

You can’t really see it too well, but these pancakes are filled with juicy raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

PB & Berry-licious Pancakes

  • 1/2 cup kodiak cake mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 heaping T organic low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 T ground flax
  • ~ 1/3 cup mixed berries (halved raspberries and blueberries, sliced strawbs)
Mix away!  Pour into skillet at medium and cook about 5 mins on each side or until browned.

The berries sweeten up the pancakes and keep them moist and doughy, just the way I like it.  It’s still super dreary outside, but these pancakes really brighten up any morning.

Well, I’m off to bake up a batch of vegan samoas (perhaps with brown rice syrup instead of brown sugar this time) and then its off to Dicks Last Resort for my sisters birthday tonight.  Have a nice and relaxing Sunday!! 🙂


Pancakes of Champions

Afternoooon!  Sorry for being MIA yesterday.  I was on the go all day and when I finally did get home I had some intense paper writing to do.  Whew, so glad I’m finally done with that.  Well almost.  After tomorrow night, I’ll officially be done with two of my spring courses.  I think that calls for some baking celebrating!

This morning started with breakfast and it was definitely the breakfast pancakes of champions.  Protein pancakes.  These pancakes are delicious and nutritious.

Protein Pancakes – The Pancakes of Champions (serves 1) – recipe can easily be doubled

  • 1/4 cup spelt flour (don’t have spelt?…oat or buckwheat flour works just as well!)
  • 1/4 cup organic low fat cottage cheese
  • 4-5 tablespoons organic egg whites or 1 whole egg
  • 1 tsp ground flax
  • 1-2 tsp vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Mix all ingredients together until combined with a spoon or whisk.  Heat nonstick pan to medium heat.  Spoon into pan and cook about 3 mins on each side.  The batter does not really bubble so once the pancake no longer sticks to the pan it should be ready to be flipped.

Without toppings 1 serving of these pancakes has just 245 calories, 3.5 g of fat, 0.8 g saturated fats, 0.8 g sugar, and 20.9 g protein.  Double this recipe for just 490 calories and almost 42 grams of protein.

The pancake batter is easily adjusted to your taste.  Try adding agave, maple syrup, or mashed banana to sweeten it up.  Or if you’re more of a fillings-type person (blueberry, coconut, chocolate chip…), go ahead and mix em right in!  This batter is highly versatile and if it gets too dry just add some more egg whites.  My favorite way to eat them is just with a dollop of ‘cream’ (aka greek yogurt mixed with honey or agave) and strawberries.

Protein Pancakes with a side of ‘cream’ and strawberries

I went loco yesterday and bought 6 boxes of organic strawberries at whole foods.  They were on sale for only $1.99 and so sweet.  I just couldn’t pass them up.  Soo, I’ll be eating loads of strawberries for the next couple days, but no complaints there 🙂  I just lovee strawberry season!

It is absolutely beautiful out today so I think I’m going to take advantage of our clear skys and perhaps go for a run.  I hear the storms will be blowing in tomorrow and our skys will turn grey again.  Have a great day and make it an active one! 🙂