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Simply Breakfast

As I was browsing over my Iphone photos, I realized that I’ve accumulated tons of breakfast photos. Clearly shows my LOVE for breakfast that much! Well, it’s my favorite meal of the day. I find it hard to start the day without the pleasure of a good meal.

Breakfast foods are easy to prepare. Many breakfast foods don’t take much effort and can be put together really fast. No long preps, no pile of dishes, and most importantly, no thinking! Sometimes, I’ll even eat breakfast foods for lunch or dinner.

I’ve compiled a bunch of my favorite breakfast pics and here’s what I would usually have most of the time for breakfast.

Warning: There’s going to be a lot of OATMEAL. Not really obvious that it’s my favorite – not really. 😛

1.)

Yummy yummy breakfast that I couldn’t help taking a bite before I could even take a picture.

toasted whole wheat bread
peanut butter
banana
sliced almonds
drizzled with maple syrup

No fuss, little mess, and a complete no-brainer!

2.)
warm oatmeal
topped with cinnamon, banana (half)
fresh strawberries
fresh blueberries
sliced almonds
chia seeds
splash of almond milk

3.)

mini wheat bagels
peanut butter
banana
drizzled with maple syrup

4.)
oatmeal
almonds
almond milk
fresh blueberries
banana
cinnamon powder
chia seeds

5.)

Breakfast for my husband on his birthday.
Oops, sorry honey, I didn’t mean
to reveal your age on my blog 😛

eggs cooked in green peppers (thanks Pinterest for the idea),
sprinkled with salt, pepper and parsley

toasted whole wheat bread

6.)
warm oatmeal
cinnamon powder (I love cinnamon)
peanut butter
banana
drizzled with maple syrup

7.)

warm oatmeal
topped with Mango Passion Granola
dried blueberries
splash of almond milk

8.)

oatmeal
topped with granola, peaches, dried blueberries
2 teaspoons of PB2
chia seeds
splash of almond milk

9.)
My very first time ever trying almond butter. LOVED IT!

10.)

waffle topped with almond butter,
chopped almonds, maplesyrup,
fresh strawberries.

11.)
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Overnight Oats
click here for the instructions. 🙂

12.)

Oatmeal with, granola, kiwi, banana and peanut butter!
and my cup of coffee 🙂

13.)
 
oatmeal
topped with fresh cherries 
PB2, dried blueberries and chia seeds
splash of almond milk

Go to this post to see what I use to pit cherries. 🙂

So there you have it! I can actually see myself still making these breakfast 15 years later. Lol! 😛

What’s your favorite meal of the day?

What do you usually have for breakfast?

What do you do for breakfast when you don’t feel like thinking?

Xoxo, JOTR
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Getting Into Juicing

I was all quiet the past few days thinking about tragedy in Boston. The city became close to my heart after my visit and the terror attack hasn’t left my mind since that horrible day.

Thank you for your comments on my previous blog post a few days ago. I appreciate all your kind words 🙂

I was glued to the live streaming video of CBS News Boston the whole day yesterday (literally) as they caught the marathon bomber. It was scary and intense! I felt so relieved when they finally captured him.

I’m confident to say that Boston will be okay. The nation will be okay. The running community will be okay. It will be hard for everyone to move on. It will take some time to heal but as what the President said, we will come back stronger and we will continue to run more marathons again! 🙂


Last night, a nice, peaceful, sunset run was just what my mind and body needed. I did a lot of reflection during this run in honor of those affected in the tragedy.

As you can tell from my previous post my emotions are a bit all over the place but, I’m going to try to resume normal posting as best I can.

So, this week, my husband and I have just started juicing. 🙂

We’ve watched some documentaries on healthier eating and have decided to start juicing. My husband really wanted to do this especially since all he’s done for the past 2 weeks was eat, eat, and eat. We ate delicious food all the time while in Houston and Boston. He was complaining that his belly was just getting bigger and bigger so he decided to make a dietary change.

We want to benefit from getting proper nutrients that our Filipino/American diet just doesn’t provide. We hope to lose weight from it as well. I like getting nutrients from the juice of fruits and vegetables I would never ordinarily be eating.

BEFORE

AFTER

So far, the machine we got for juicing is very easy to use and it does a good job.

My husband was the one who introduced the idea to me, so I asked him to make a video of it getting started to share with you guys.

Verdict: After four days of juicing I felt healthier and I noticed my skin is glowing and my husband already lost 5 pounds. I was more than a little surprised how much I enjoyed it. I think juicing is an excellent way to get more fresh vegetables in your diet. I wouldn’t be able to eat that much amount of vegetables and fruits in one sitting on a regular basis. I personally think it’s yummier than any juice you can buy at the store.


Our fridge is busting with veggies and fruits!

Juicing will now become a staple in our diet. It’s way better than buying packaged juice from the grocery store. I prefer my juice to be as fresh as possible to ensure the highest nutrient content. I like that I can control what I add to my juice.

Anyways, have you heard of juicing? Have you ever tried a juicer?  I would love to hear your experience with it.  Is juicing something you would consider? Do you know someone who is doing it?  I really value your input!!!

Disclaimer:
We are not compensated nor paid to do this. We bought our juicer with our own money. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own. 
Juicing is NOT for everyone. Do your own research or consult a certified nutrition expert and ask if it’s right for you.

Xoxo, JOTR

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Hello March!

Happy March 1st! New month, fresh start.

My husband and I did an intense workout last night. After our run, we hit the weights.

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Honestly, I typically don’t go to this section of the gym. I feel intimidated because I don’t know how to use most of the equipments in there. I don’t know what type of exercises to do and I have this fear of looking stupid. I’m glad I went with my husband this time. He taught me how to use the machines and what those are for. I really need to venture out and start learning how to use  the dumbbells, weights and weight machines. I don’t have upper body strength and I feel like I need to tone up and gain a bit of muscle for my overall health.

Now, I feel sore and my body needed a rest day. Thank God, It’s Friday! 🙂

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My favorite breakfast to start my day. Oatmeal with dash of cinnamon, bananas, peaches, granola with raisins and almonds, chia seeds and a teaspoon of PB.

I was surprised to receive mail from our local running store this morning. With all the stuff my family bought from them over the holidays, they sent us $100 worth coupons to spend in their store! AWESOME!

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I can’t wait to spend these to score some goodies! I love our running store! 🙂

Tonight, my husband took charge of making dinner. He made buttered garlic shrimp.

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yum!


I just want to share this inspiring video about a boyfriend who helped his injured girlfriend cross the finish line. I was touched by their story and really worth sharing.

source LatestNewsVid

Have a great weekend everyone

-xoxo-

First Foodie Penpal (October 2012)

Hi guys! I know, it’s been a week since my last post here on my blog. It’s been a busy birthday week for me! I made the most of my remaining few days in my 20s. Yes, I indulged for a week! It was good! 🙂 I’d like to create a separate post regarding my thoughts on this brand new decade of my life. Stay tuned for that!For now, it’s about this exciting program called Foodie Penpals (#foodiepenpals). This activity is hosted by Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean. Head over to this link to know more details about the program.  On the last day of the month, we ALL share the goodies we got from our penpals!

Here I go with mine!

I am so excited to reveal my 1st Foodie Pen Pal Package.

The package looks beat up but the goodies inside survived! 🙂 My box came from Heather of MUSINGS OF A GIRL blog.

She sent me great goodies from her home state of Louisiana!
I love my first box. It made me reminisce my trip to New Orleans back in 2010.  I had a great time exploring the city with my family. It was such a great time with them. Here are some of the pictures I looked at once again after I opened my box.
  • Memories of New Orleans, LA:
A picture with my mom. It was Mardi Gras season when we came to visit.
Me in downtown New Orleans, walking to Bourbon Street.
The famous Bourbon Street. 🙂
There’s no denying my husband had fun (hmm). LOL!
…and pictures from Bourbon Street will end here. :PIts nice to look at our pictures once again from that day. It made me miss my family so much – my Mom, my Dad, little bro, and sister. They all live in the Philippines but they come to visit U.S. when they get a chance. Their next visit will be on Christmas! Fast forward to December please, I can’t wait to see my family again.

Going back to my box, Heather included a sweet letter for me explaining my goodies. 🙂

The first thing that caught my eye was the Beignet Mix.
I remember going to this coffee place in New Orleans called Cafe Du Monde.  I love the ambiance of that place. This is where I tasted their famous beignet.This is me, my husband, and my little brother at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans.

My brother doesn’t look this young anymore, sigh. He’s all grown up.Beignet is the French term for a pastry made from deep-fried light dough. They serve it  with powdered sugar on top. For me, they taste like sweet doughnuts. It’s so good especially with coffee! 🙂

Thank you Heather for the Community Coffee. It’s indeed a good combination with the beignet.

Here’s my husband after he made beignet out of the mix, -with his souvenir hat he got from Cafe Du Monde. LOL! 🙂

Heather also gave me these very “Louisiana” chips. 🙂
Don’t they look interesting?!It was only in New Orleans where I saw shops full of all sorts of Voodoo dolls. When I saw those dolls, I remember saying this to myself – “Don’t mess with New Orleans (pronounced as: noo aw-leens). They know Black Magic!”

I started munching on the voodoo chips as I made draft for this post.

This stuff is good!!! It’s so addicting. I had to remind myself to stop and save some for my husband. I could finish it in one sitting. 🙂 LOL.When my husband got home, he finished it to the very last bit of crumbs! It was yummy!

I was curious about this can of pure cane syrup. Sugar cane is usually a refreshing juice drink in the Philippines. They extract the juice from sugarcane plant with a pressure roller machine. That’s how they would normally do it there. I wondered how this syrup will taste like.
I had it one morning for breakfast. 🙂 I usually eat oatmeal for breakfast so I tried the syrup with it.
Half cup oatmeal
Dash of cinnamon powder
Topped with Sliced Peaches
A teaspoon of almond butter
Sprinkled with chopped almonds
& Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup
Heather recommends it for pancakes and waffles. So, the morning before yoga class, I drizzled it over my pancakes.
That syrup was good! 🙂 Now, I am on the hunt for this!Where else can I find this?

I started munching on the other bag of chips while I take a break from studying. So good! I had to remind myself again to leave some for the hubby. I’m a good wife, really! 🙂

Heather indicated on her letter that Tony’s is a staple in most househould in Louisiana.
Creole seasoning is used to boost flavor in any dish. I tried it one night with our dinner. Yummy!
Steamed tilapia fillet
seasoned with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
garnished with chopped fresh strawberries,
poblano pepper, cilantro & cumin seedsI tried the sandwich sauce last Monday with my Veggie burger. That sauce is sooo good! 🙂 It’s a little spicy which is good! I like spicy!

Thank you once again Heather for making my first month in this activity so fun and exciting!
I love everything you sent me! And because of that I signed up for next month’s foodie penpals! :)I hope you guys will consider joining us too. Receiving a box of goodies feels like Christmas morning every month! 🙂

Oh! Please head over to Lauren’s blog (www.parttimehousewife.com), my foodie penpal for this month to check out what I sent her!

That’s it!

Happy Halloween! Happy trick or treating!

I had fun last night giving out candies to the kids in their costumes despite the freezing weather.

Awwwh… aren’t they sooo cute! 🙂
 It’s freezing cold here in Ohio. It snowed here yesterday for the first time this season!
*** My thoughts and prayers for all those who have been involved with Hurricane Sandy. Be safe everyone and always be thankful for all blessings.***Have a great week ahead!

#4 Meatless Monday

Today’s Meatless Monday dish is a simple recipe. I used vegetables that my husband and I would like to eat. You can use this as your template for whatever veggies you have in the fridge.

Grilled Veggie Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 red pepper, stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • half onion, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1/2 lb of asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package corkscrew pasta – I used vegetable pasta made from tomato solids and dried spinach
  • 1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 black pepper

Directions:

1.) Lightly brush vegetables with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

2.) Place the vegetables on a stove grill. Cook on low-medium heat until vegetables are tender.

3.) While vegetables are cooking, cook pasta according to package directions.

4.) Once vegetables are cooked, remove them from the grill and allow to cool slightly. Cut the vegetables into 1/2 inch pieces.

5.) Toss vegetables with pasta in a large bowl, add the remaining oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper; toss together.

Dinner is served. 🙂 YUM!

This is a perfect meal every time.

And I’m are so addicted to coconut water/juice. So refreshing

Goodnight!

Overnight Breakfast Meal

My breakfast today had been waiting for me in the fridge since I prepped it last night. I call this my “overnight oats”. This is how I made it.

BTW, Lily’s is my favorite brand of peanut butter.

You can make this too in a Tupperware or bowl if you like. I just happened to finish a jar of peanut butter yesterday and thought of this as a better way to (really) finish off the few remaining bits of peanut butter in the jar.

The night before, mix

  • half cup of old-fashioned oats (yes, raw oats)
  • 6 oz. of yogurt (I used Dannon Fruit in the Bottom raspberry yogurt, yum!)
  • half a banana, mashed
  • splash of almond milk

top with:

  • diced peaches
  • sliced almonds
  • chia seeds

YUM!!! 🙂

Cover and let the mix sit in the fridge over night and enjoy it the next day for breakfast.

This would be great too when you’re in a hurry for work in the morning and have no time to prepare breakfast. You can just grab the jar from the fridge and take it out with you.

So, what are you waiting for? You’ll never know what you’re missing until you try this! 🙂

#3 Meatless Monday

Mostly on weekdays, I get to eat with my husband only at dinner time. That’s when I actually cook something special for both of us. During the day, I’ll have anything that is available and easy to prepare. Don’t worry, I don’t cheat on Meatless Mondays. 🙂 This morning I had my usual warm oatmeal, with cinnamon powder, banana and peanut butter. For lunch, I only had a piece of orange fruit. 🙂

So, most of the time, I can only have one recipe to post for Meatless Mondays. It’s usually what my husband and I had for dinner. 🙂

For dinner tonight, we had Garden Vegetable Stir-Fry served over rice noodles.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice cooking wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 package of Smart Strips® Chick’n Style Strips, 6 oz (seasoned veggie strips)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • carrots, thinly sliced
  • bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

1.) Boil your rice noodles according to package directions.

2.) While your noodles are cooking, whisk rice wine, water, brown sugar, lime juice, hoisin, cornstarch and salt in a small bowl.

2.) In a large non-stick pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add package of Smart Strips® Chick’n Style Strips; cook it according to package directions.

3.) Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, peanuts and ginger. Cook and stirring often about 1 minute.

4.) Add carrots and bell peppers, and cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute.

5.) Add your rice wine mixture to the pan and stir to coat. Cook until the vegetables are crisp-tender and the sauce is thickened, about 5-6 minutes.

6.) Once vegetables are cooked, stir in cilantro.

It is now ready to serve over rice noodles.

It turned out so good! My husband wants me to make this again even on “non-meatless” days. 🙂

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think

P.S. Thanks @meatless_monday_recipes for featuring my recipe last Monday on their page today. 🙂