This Weekend

This weekend was a long weekend (woohoo). Having Monday off is always appreciated and allows you to get some more time off to do what you love.

This weekend was spent catching up with a few friends, reading, baking and relaxing.

breakfast

Enjoyed this breakfast on the porch this morning. It includes the muffins I made Saturday night. Delicious and filling!! Click here for the banana oat muffin recipe.

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Picked up from froyo to beat the heat. Vanilla with strawberries and peanut butter crunch! My favorite summer snack. What’s your go-to summer snack?

veggies

Going along with my goal to eat more veggies, I prepared this plate for lunch with some dip.

enjoytoday

Little quote I came across. It’s now the background on my phone so that I can always be reminded to enjoy the moment.  Most of us spend our days thinking about yesterday and tomorrow, we can’t forget about today!

Here are couple of interesting links I found:

How to sleep better

9 last minute dinner ideas

Love this summer manicure video

Love this beach style

Future kitchen

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Baking with Bananas

Tonight I was in a baking mood and decided to cook up a batch of muffins! I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make the muffins that were on my list, back in this post. They are healthy banana oat muffins. I like making muffins for other people, it’s always a nice treat to give to friends or co-workers. I’ll keep a couple for myself and my family and bring the rest to work!

flour

I made a few tiny tweaks to make them even healthier. I decided to replace the fat-free milk for vanilla almond milk and I also decided to throw in some flax seeds to get in some more omega-3’s! Omega-3’s provide a lot of benefits. They are good for increasing concentration and memory, better sleep and better skin among other benefits.

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I was a little bit nervous at first because the batter seemed pretty liquidy but in the end it worked out because the muffins came out more moist, which I prefer. If you like drier muffins I would suggest using 1.5 bananas rather than 2 bananas, if they are larger.

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Voilà!

Very quick and easy recipe. They are perfect for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack.

What’s on My List?

Here are a couple of recipes I’ve come across that are on my list of things to make in the upcoming weeks. they all seem pretty quick and simple.  Try them before me and let me know how they turn out!

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I’ll be making these banana oat muffins to bring to work this week! Check them out here.

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These look like a really easy snack! Check them out here

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Definitely trying this out this weekend! Click here for the recipe.

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Haven’t gotten around to trying this whole kale fad yet but I plan to get on board soon. Check out this single skillet black bean, sweet potato and kale dish from Goop here.

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Here’s a recipe for an avocado, shrimp, rice and cilantro dish. I think I’ll try replacing the rice for Quinoa. Check it out here.

Which will you try?