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I started my Friday with a Breakfast Cookie again!

Same ingredient list as last time:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/8 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp vanilla spice hemp powder
  • 1 tbsp raisins

Topped with 1/2 banana, and maple cinnamon almond butter!

I love cookies for breakfast.  Especially super filling and satisfying ones. 🙂

Lunch was boring – a Lentil Burger with a slice of american cheese and ketchup on a sandwich thin.

Tonight, we headed to a fiesta!

I brought a Southwestern Quinoa Salad, which was delicious!

This is perfect for a summer party or a Mexican fiesta because it does have a little kick from the pepper.  The recipe is from Mark Bittman and you can find it here.

I chopped up the sweet potatoes and peppers as the quinoa was cooking.

(The sweet potatoes get boiled until tender)

Once everything was cooked and chopped, I just threw it all together in a bowl.  Then mixed and added some fresh veggies on top.

The dressing is a simple lime juice and olive oil.

The salad is refreshing, yet light and filling.  It was perfect.

Happy Friday!


cookies for breakfast?!

I jumped in the pool for a swim this morning – 2000 yards in about 40 minutes.  I did a long warm-up and cool-down with some speedwork thrown in there to get my heart rate up.  Felt great!

Once home, I tried out another new breakfast this morning  – a breakfast cookie!  Or, in the blog world, a Fitnessista Breakfast Cookie!  The Fitnessista even made a how-to-make video.

It was absolutely delicious!  Overnight, the oats and chia seeds harden a bit to make the mix more cookie-like, instead of more oatmeal-like.

Last night, I mixed up 1/3 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds and 1 tbsp raw almond butter.

Then, I added in 1/2 mashed banana, 1 tbsp vanilla hemp protein powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/8 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

And, then the best part!  The mix-ins of my choice: 1 tbsp hemp seeds, 1 tbsp shredded coconut and raisins.  All mixed up.

I scooped the mix onto a plate and formed it into a cookie.

And, it sat in the fridge overnight where everything hardened up.

This morning I took the cookie out of the fridge and it had definitely hardened up and tasted almost like a chewy oatmeal raisin cookie.

I topped my cookie with a thin spread of Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter, 1/2 sliced banana and a sprinkle of coconut.

Along with a chai tea latte.

These breakfast cookies (and the overnight oats from yesterday morning) are great for people on the go.  All of the preparation is done at night which is a good way to be able to eat a hearty breakfast while not taking any extra time out of your already jam packed morning!  You could eat either of these breakfasts without toppings (they just make it more fun!) and bring either of them with you to eat at work.  Just grab-and-go!

By adding some protein powder to the breakfast cookie, this makes a great post-workout breakfast to aid in muscle repair.

Yum! Yum! Yum!  I love cookies for breakfast.

A perfect way to start a FRIDAY!