First Thing

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully.

“It’s the same thing.” he said.

– A. A. Milne

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On Blueberry Hill

If I had to choose my favourite fruit it would be very difficult. I love fruit and I like different fruit for different reasons. Blueberries, however, are definitely a contender for the top spot. Growing up I loved going out looking for a blueberry patch and picking blueberries. Freshly picked wild blueberries are the best, especially in a bowl of cream and sugar, yum. I know not very healthy but oh so delicious, it’s a guilty pleasure that I have no control over. Another favourite treat growing up was blueberry syrup. It was great when having crêpes or pancakes. Yet it was another thing that was loaded with sugar and not all that healthy in the end. As I now try my best to live a healthier lifestyle it was something that I would need to give up. Giving things up is hard and didn’t work well for me so I came up with a better plan. Change the recipe to make it healthier and still delicious. It took a few tries to get it just right but my plan worked.

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Blueberry Syrup

* 1 1/2 cups of blueberries
* 1/3 cup of honey
* 2 Tbsp of arrowroot powder
* 1 cup of water

1. In a pot add blueberries, honey and water. While stirring constantly bring to a slow boil.

2. Mix arrowroot powder into a small bowl of water until dissolved then add to blueberry mixture.

3. Continue stirring until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and let cool before serving.

* store syrup in fridge
* can substitute blueberries for any berry
* for a thicker syrup or sauce use 3-4 Tbsp of arrowroot powder
* can substitute arrowroot powder for cornstarch or another thickener
* syrup great for pancakes or crêpes! Thicker sauce great for cheesecake and other desserts!

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Pretend Like Its The Weekend

Pour…wait for the bubbles….flip….and flip again so you have a delicious golden pancake. I could eat pancakes everyday. It’s like eating cake for breakfast and they are even great for dinner. Plus you can put so many different things in them like cinnamon or bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips, the list could go on and on. I have recently started making pancake muffins. They freeze well so they are great when you are on the go.

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Pancake Muffins

You will need:
*your favourite pancake batter
*frozen fruit (or fresh) (or whatever you want to add, the world is your pancake)

Pour the mixed batter into a greased muffin pan. I like to use large muffins pans but any size will do.

Add the frozen fruit to the top of batter after it’s in the pan.

Bake @ 350 until cooked. Let cool before removing from pan.

Drizzle with syrup and your life is changed forever.

Bacon for Breakfast

I love bacon. While I am aware it is not the healthiest thing it is not the worst thing you could eat either. Therefore I still eat bacon for the undeniable fact it is delicious. I have recently discovered some useful knowledge of bacon. It is best to eat bacon for breakfast as it can keep you awake. So eating it at night can be a bad idea if you plan to sleep. Bacon contains Tyramine which stimulates the release of norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a stimulant that keeps you vigilant (awake and aware), increases your heart rate, and is, along with epinephrine, responsible for the fight-or-flight response. So if you plan on having bacon, try having it earlier in the day rather than later. If you want to stay on the healthier side of things but still enjoy the delicious taste of bacon change your cooking method. Growing up we cooked bacon in a frying pan and by the time all the bacon was cooked the frying pan was filled with bacon grease. Now I cook bacon in the oven. Place a piece of parchment paper on a pan and place the strips of bacon on top. Bake at 350′ for approximately 30 minutes depending on how you like it done. Delicious bacon with a little less grease.

~n

Cookie Monster Said I Could

Have you ever woken up one morning and thought I want to eat cookies for breakfast? Sometimes I just cannot eat breakfast food for breakfast. I want something different. I am not going to lie, on occasions I have considered having dessert for breakfast. However, there was always that little voice in my head saying that is not a healthy breakfast, it’s full of sugary junk. Well now whenever I want cookies for breakfast and that voice in my head decides to give its unwanted opinion I just laugh as I have discovered a recipe for cookies that is delicious and healthy. Breakfast Cookies! I cannot live without them. I have a constant supply in my freezer which is hard to keep up as a batch of cookies does not last long in my house. Of course the best thing about these is that Cookie Monster would approve.

Breakfast Cookies

Ingredients
-3 mashed bananas
-1/3 cup apple sauce
-2 cups uncooked oats
-1 tsp vanilla
-2 Tbsp cinnamon
-1 Tbsp maple syrup
-1/2 cup cacao nibs

Directions
1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Spoon the dough by teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet.
3. Bake @350* for 15 minutes. Cool and Serve
4. Freeze leftovers ( no preservatives therefore cookies will go bad after a couple days if left out of freezer)

Optional
Can also add nuts, seeds, diced apple, craisons, goji berries, whatever else you think of 🙂