5 delicious ways to start the day

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. I’m a true believer that good morning habits shape your day and set the tone for amazing things. And that includes breakfast. While I usually choose between a green smoothie and steel-cut oats, I occasionally like to dabble in other alternatives. These are a few of my favourite quick, healthy and delicious breakfast ideas.

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Spicy Ricotta and Honey Toast

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Ricotta on toast has become one of my favourite breakfasts/snacks. While I usually top my toast with ricotta and apricot jam, I love this version with hone and red pepper flakes. Get the recipe here.

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Spinach Feta Egg White Wrap

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This has to be one of the best flavour combinations. Super filling and incredibly healthy, it only takes 10 minutes to make and (the best part) you can wrap it up and eat it on the go! Get the recipe here.

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Vegan Breakfast Tacos

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Deliciously colourful, these breakfast tacos won’t take more than 30 minutes to prepare. Make the toppings ahead of time and just put them together in the morning for a quick meal. Not a vegan? No problem, just use eggs instead of tofu. Get the recipe here.

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Blueberry Almond Butter Muffins

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Another healthy and delicious option that you can make ahead, freeze, and throw in your bag before running out the door. Get the recipe here.

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Matcha Vanilla Green Smoothie

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I’m a big fan of smoothies, but often get caught in a rut of the same old smoothie every day. This matcha vanilla smoothie is a delicious and refreshing way to get a portion of greens in your day. Get the recipe here.

What’s your favourite breakfast recipe? Share it in the comments below.

5 favourite bloggers

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I love blogs! Fashion blogs, food blogs, beauty blogs, travel blogs, home decor blogs – you name it. I can spend hours looking at the creative pages of these fellow bloggers, clicking from one post to the next, only to discover another new blog. Since joining the blogging world, I’ve had the chance to connect with other bloggers through IfbBloglovin and other communities, and since we all work so hard, I thought I would start a new series on my blog to showcase some of my favourite blogs each month, whether they are big fishes in the blogging pond or just starting out. So without further ado, here are my 5 favourite blogs for this month:

Le Fashion

If you adore everything fashion, trends, editorial, check out Le Fashion. Jenn is based in Brooklyn and works as a contributing editor for Whowhatwear.com, so you know she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to style inspiration.

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101 Cookbooks

Anyone who loves food and loves to cook will appreciate 101 Cookbooks. The idea of the blog started when the author realized she owned 100 cookbooks. From that point it was time to stop buying books and start cooking. The blog covers her collection one recipe at a time and features her beautiful photography.

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The EveryGirl

The EveryGirl is one of those “everything” blogs, but in a good way. Creatively curated content will strike a cord in the career-driven girl as she balances life, finance and career, and motivate with fashion , beauty and wellness content. Everything you need to live your dreams.

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Walk in Wonderland

I came across Walk in Wonderland by chance through the style pins on Pinterest. I kept seeing pins of this stylish girl and wondered who she was. Turns out her name is Sheryl Luke. On her blog, she shares her personal style diary against the backdrop of sunny Los Angeles, California, along with the occasional beauty and lifestyle piece. Her style is impeccable. Simple, trendy, yet classic all at once. If you love fashion blogs, I definitely recommend you check this one out.

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World of Wanderlust

If you love to travel or have every dreamed of leaving everything and just taking off, this blog is for you. World of Wanderlust has become one of my favourite travel blogs. In fact, I have included links to this site regularly in my Fab Five posts (here, here and here). From travel diaries of exotic locations and useful information like how to get a business class upgrade, to tips on how to take the best photographs from your vacation and how to stay stylish while travelling, this blog has all the information you’ve ever needed to know (and then some).

What are you favourite blogs? Share them in the comments below!

Dark Chocolate Mousse

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With the fall slowly settling in, I’m beginning to crave comfort foods and sweets more and more. Very dangerous, especially when I worked so hard at exercising regularly and eating clean. Too many “comforting” meals and sugary treats are not what I need a few months before my trip to Hawaii. Plus, sugar is so bad for you that I’ve been experimenting with recipes that cut out the white stuff and use natural sugars instead. Case in point, dark chocolate avocado mousse. It feeds my sweet tooth and my constant desire for dark chocolate without the nasty sugar. It’s also loaded with health benefits. The avocado provide the healthy fats that keep your skin glowing and omega 3 fatty acids essential for shiny hair. Coconut oil is wonderful for improving blood sugar and also increase your metabolism, energy and endurance. And maple syrup, well… it’s just delicious!

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Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Serves 4-6

1-2 avocados
8 dates, pitted (soak for 10 minutes if they are on the drier side)
1 cup raw cocoa powder
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of Maldon sea salt, for serving
Pinch of red pepper flakes, for serving

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1. Combine all the ingredients, except the Maldon sea salt and red pepper flakes in a food processor and give it a whirl until the texture is smooth, scrapping down the sides as needed.

2. Top with Maldon sea salt or red pepper flakes.

3. Devour!

Bon appétit!

[All photos are my own and not to be used without permission]

 

 

 

10 nighttime habits to unwind and sleep well

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If you’ve ever experienced a sleepless night, then you know how important getting your Zzzzs is. For me, one bad night seems to take me three to recover. Some nights I have trouble falling sleep, while others I see to constantly toss and turn. Both mean that I will be tired, cranky and generally unpleasant the next day. Here are 10 tips that have helped me get a good night sleep.

1. Go to bed at the same time every night. Just like having a regular wake up time can help you be more productive during the day, the same bedtime each night can help your body know when it’s time to wind down.

2. Wind down early. Take the time to establish a ritual before turning off the lights. Mine includes changing into my pyjamas, taking off my makeup, writing in my journal and reading a little. By the time I get to the book, my eyes are already starting to get heavy. Then it’s just a matter of time before I’m off.

3. Avoid caffeine after dinner. I used to be one of those people who could have a double espresso and sleep like a baby. Now that those days are long gone, I try to avoid tea or coffee after dinner. Same goes for alcohol. My limit is usually one; more than that and I’m looking at a night of tossing and turning.

4. Reflect on the day. In my post about 10 morning habits for a happier day, I mentioned how I start the day by writing in my Five Minute Journal and setting my positive intentions for the day. At the end of the day, I complete the last section of each page by listing three amazing things that happened that day and one thing that I would change if I could go back. It’s a great way to be mindful of the events that occurred that day and seek the positive in a day that may have been a little less than perfect. It also helps you get rid of any negative thoughts that could continue to swirl around in your head while you sleep.

5. Unplug. I know you’ve heard this before, but the light from your phone/iPad/laptop/TV signals your brain to stay awake. If you’re lying in bed pinning your little heart away wondering why you can’t sleep, step away from the boards, turn off your device and replace it with a book.

6. Wear socks to bed. This might sound weird, but I swear it works. I recently began wearing thick knit socks to bed. It started as a way to pamper my feet – I would apply a thick cream and slip my cozy socks on eventually just fall asleep with them still on my feet. But then something wonderful happened – I had the best sleep. So I tried it again the next night, then again, and again. Each time, I slept amazingly! Turns out that the aded layer helps to improve circulation, thus helping you fall asleep more quickly. Try it and let me know of it works for you!

7. Take a bath. There really is no better way to relax and unwind. Add a few drops of essentials oils and sprinkle in soothing bath salts and let the stress of your day just melt away. Take the experience one step further by dimming the lights and playing soft music. The heat of the bath will help calm your body and let’s face it, there’s no better feeling than slipping into a warm bed afterwards. Pure bliss!

8. Use a sleep mask. If you’re like me, even the faintest light can mess with your sleep. I eventually decided to get a sleep mask and my only regret is not having bought one earlier. The combination of the complete darkness and having something soft and soothing on my eyes really helps to unwind and fall asleep. If you can find one that is lavender scented, even better!

9. Sip some herbal tea. I am a big tea drinker. In the morning I like oolong tea, green tea takes my through the afternoon and I end the day with herbal tea. One I am loving at the moment is the Organic Sweet Dreams tea at David’s Tea. It contains a blend of chamomile, lemongrass, hibiscus and rose petals and is the perfect drink to help me drift off into sleep. I also love Apple Custard for those times when I have a bit of a sweet-tooth. As long as it’s caffein-free, I’m all over it.

10. Stick to your routine. Our bodies get used to routines and adapt accordingly. Having your own nighttime routine and practicing it regularly is the perfect way to end the day on a positive note and ensure you’ll wake up feeling energize, productive and happy.

What are your nighttime rituals?

[Photo credit via Pinterest]

The Fab Five

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I love redecorating. I’m not talking about huge design changes, but rather small changes that have a big impact. This article showcasing 9 surprising ways to make your space more stylish right now has inspired me to update every room in my house. (via domainehome.com)

With the eternal desire to travel the world and make a living of it, I let my imagination run free while reading about the 20 best jobs for people who love to travel. Who knows, I may just take the plunge one day! (via worldofwanderlust.com)

I LOVE tea! The soothing taste, the comforting feeling, the relaxing moment that comes along with every cup… and the fact that no matter where you are in the world, you can enjoy it. I particularly loved this article showing what tea looks like in 22 countries (hint: all beautiful!). (via pulptastic.com)

It’s no secret that relationships take love, compromise and a lot of work. Too often, we get caught up in our every day lives and forget that the little things mean a lot. This article about little ways to make a long-term relationship feel awesomely new for fresh ideas that help keep your relationship interesting. (via hellogiggles.com)

My lunch usual consists of a salad. It’s the best way to get my dose of vegetables and ensure I eat clean. I’m on a constant hunt for fresh salad recipes and these 15 warm salad recipes are perfect to get me through these last few weeks of cold weather (via bonappetit.com)