Category: breakfast/brunch

yogurt breakfast bowl

What is your morning routine like?

Are you the rushed and stressed-out type who spends 10 minutes searching for keys every morning? Or, the (somewhat annoying) type who can leisurely wake-up without an alarm, do some yoga, and spend an hour slowly getting ready, including a nice relaxing breakfast?

I aim for the latter, but somehow (AKA I spend too long on Twitter or watching the morning news) find my way closer to the former.

Did you know that you should try and wake-up at the same time every morning even on weekends? Going to bed late and sleeping in on the weekend really messes with your circadian rhythm. There is actually a term for this: social jet leg. Our social calendars and our internal clock don’t mix well. It’s like you’re flying to a different time zone and back every weekend, which is not so great for your health.

Easy Lentil Crepes


These lentil crepes are awesome. Soaked red lentils + water + spices = delicious crepes!

They fit into any diet — besides paleo. Don’t get me ranting about that diet. It definitely has its merits (whole unprocessed foods, fruits and veg, etc.), but it really doesn’t have any ground to stand on as far as the theory behind it.

red lentil crepes

Plus, I love lentils! They are nutritious little gems, full of fibre and protein. They are also very cheap. As the paleo diet does not allow beans or legumes it can make eating on a budget more challenging.

chia pudding, upbeet.caa

The best summer recipes involve either a BBQ or no heat at all. This is one reason I love this healthy dessert in the summer (and every other season), along with its deliciousness of course!

It’s an extremely versatile recipe. You can adapt it to suit any craving…chocolate? berry? maple?

For a chocolaty pudding mix in 2 tbsp cocoa and a little extra sweetener + some chopped dark chocolate!

I LOVE brunch.

Although, going out for good brunch in Vancouver usually involves long line ups! Sometimes brunch at home is just easier, healthier and cheaper!

I had the pleasure of having my lovely friend, Lindsay, over for brunch and I wanted to make something special for her, but I didn’t have time to go grocery shopping. So, this recipe stemmed from ingredients I had on hand – the best type of recipe if you ask me!

bread pudding

Need I say more?….

I will, just in case the title didn’t convince you to make this!

I actually made this recipe last weekend, but have been too busy to post it, so I have been eating it all week! Which has worked out to your benefit because now I know just how AMAZING this recipe is. I go to bed at night excited to eat it in the morning. It’s definitely a dietitian-approved dessert for breakfast type of meal!


Once it’s baked I leave a few slices out and throw the rest in the freezer for fabulous weekday breakfasts. I usually prepare it the night before, especially if I am taking a frozen piece out of the freezer. How I eat it depends on if I want something hot or cold in the morning:

Option 1. Put a slice in a glass container, top with berries. Refrigerate. In the morning top up with vanilla/chocolate silk soy milk (or other milk), heat in the microwave until warm. Top with nuts, hemp, flax, chia seeds etc.

Option 2. Put a slice in a glass container, top with berries and fresh/canned peaches (sometimes I pour the canned peach juice in too), top with yogurt, nuts etc.  Refrigerate. It’s ready to go in the am!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner! There is no better way to celebrate and show mom just how much she is appreciated than by making her a delicious breakfast (including the clean up!) and spending some time together.

Instead of making plain old waffles or pancakes this year, I have something new for you to try: yeasted waffles! You make a simple batter that sits out overnight and develops scrumptious yeasty flavours. Then in the morning it’s ready to just add your mix-ins (i.e. chocolate)!

waffle                                                                                                  Photo Source

These waffles are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside, subtly sweet, and hold up really well smothered in strawberry sauce and whip cream. I made a large batch and froze the leftovers. Just pop them in the toaster from the freezer — I think they are almost even better this way. They get extra crispy on the outside, mmm!

Some recipes for yeasted waffles call for you to separate the eggs and beat the eggs whites and then fold them in to the batter to add extra fluffiness… you can try this if you are so inclined, I was too impatient.


Mother’s Day Yeast Waffles

Recipe adapted from All Recipes

6 servings


  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  •  1/4 cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 cups sifted WW flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Cloves  (optional, to taste)
  • 4 tbsp flax seed (optional)
  • Chocolate chips (3/4  cup)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup toasted pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Toppings: sliced bananas and maple syrup or berries and whip cream


1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat to cool. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

2. In a large bowl combine salt, sugar, spices and flour. Mix thoroughly. Then add milk, yeast mixture, butter and olive oil and mix thoroughly with rotary or electric mixer until batter is smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature overnight.

3. The next morning, stir beaten eggs, chocolate chips, nuts, vanilla, flaxseed and baking soda (sprinkle evenly over top) into the batter; beat well.

4.  Grease the preheated waffle iron. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron (mine makes 4 waffles at a time with about 1/3 cup batter per waffle). Cook until nice and golden brown. I like mine extra crispy!


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