Recently I’ve been mega-inspired in creating and tackling new recipes. I think it’s all this bread researching I’ve been doing and the gifted cookbooks I haven’t touched that it dawned on me I’ve been neglecting this favorite past-time of mine. I went crazy during the holidays, but once school started, I sort of shooed it aside. Yet, I’ve had this pile of recipes by my desk that I’ve been piling up over the past few weeks hoping to get to. For some reason, I never seem to find the time, or more frankly, never made the time. Instead, I’ve ended up busying myself watching movies or various other activities that involve spending money…
So, as of this month, I’m challenging myself to do a weekly bake off. I’m going to to bake one thing on my list that I have had an eye on and just go for it! I’ll be keeping track of all the items via my camera and at the end, I’ll compile a slideshow to see how my progress went! I’ve been having tons of sweets at my favourite places, like Savary Island and trying new places. It is seriously awesome being able to try the variety out there and get inspired. Yet, I’m always telling myself that I should try and make them myself. It’s much more economical and I get to tailor the recipe to exactly what I want. For example, more chocolate, more nuts, more crispy, etc.
Let me know if you are interested in joining me and what recipes you’ve been dying to try! With the internet nowadays and all these networks, it’s hard not to find something enticing to try… In the meantime, here’s a breakfast power bowl I’ve been eating lately that I’m ga-ga over. It has all my favourite elements and gives me a nice boost to the day. The best part is all the healthy fats will hold you over till your next meal.
Breakfast Power Bowl:
Recipe for 1
1/4 cup fast-cooking steal cut oats
1/2 cup water
1/8 cup granola (you can follow this recipe)
1/4 cereal of your choice (I prefer combining Nature’s Path corn flakes and puffed cereal)
1/2 cup fruit of your choice (bananas, strawberries, etc.)
1-2 tablespoon of sweetener of choice (honey and maple syrup are my favourite)
2 medjool dates
1-2 tablespoons of nut butter
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 cup of plant-based milk of your choice
- Place the steel cut oats and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water is all soaked up, set aside.
- Chop your fruit and dates up. Set aside.
- Place the steel cut oats in a bowl, then top it with the fruit, granola, cereal, and dates. Pour the plant-based milk over.
- Drizzle the nut butter on top and then sprinkle the cinnamon.
Doesn’t this look exciting!? I love digging into this glory mess because I get everything in each bite. The soft oats, the crunchy cornflakes, the gooey dates, the creamy nut butter, and the granola… I could go on, but I’ll stop. I’m sure you get the idea. I’ve been incorporating cereal a lot into my diet because once I started, I couldn’t go back. To be honest, I was sort of skeptical about having cereal since I’ve started looking into more about health. It’s always associated with being too sugary and that’s not the best start to the day because you end up crashing. I’ve realized however, that there are many cereals in the market that provide you the same satisfaction without being too sweet or artificial. Not only that, most cereals contain very few ingredients and are made of mostly whole grains! Crazy, right? At the same time, I’ve realized that I’m tired of following the bandwagon. The smoothies, juices – I’m not always in the mood for them despite how healthy they are. Being able to say yes to what you want without attacking yourself is so important in this day of age when there is always a voice telling you what is right and what is wrong. Please, if there is anything you can take away from this, is that you are the only person who can fix that. Mental clarity is just as important as your physical well-being. Try something new, something old, but get out of that box! That’s what cooking is all about and it’s extremely rewarding, trust me.
So yes, I’m eating cereal now and honestly, I really wish I had started sooner. I feel like a kid again! I’m planning on getting Puffins next since so many of my friends are obsessed with that. What about you? What are you favourite cereals?
Also, before I forget, a few days ago my friends and I had brunch at Bird’s Nest Dining, one of my favourite secret gems in the city. If you’re ever in Vancouver and want to try something new for the weekend, make sure to hit up Marika to see if she’s open! It’s so worth visiting because not only is the food carefully-sourced and made, the space is one beauty to look at it.