You always hear how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I couldn't agree more. I never used to put much thought into breakfast and if I did eat, it was cereal or left over dinner from the night before.
I am more focused on what goes into my body, healthier not processed. I am going to show you what I've been eating in the mornings, It's very easy but most importantly it's healthy and it gives me a good start to the day!
Fresh Fruit, Granola and Yoghurt.
I have been cutting out as much dairy from my diet as possible so I found a soy yoghurt that I have been enjoying lately. I usually put 1/2 - 3/4 a cup into a bowl.
I sprinkle 2 tablespoons of Everyday Superfood's Berry Bliss yoghurt topping over it. I love this because in 2 tablespoons you're getting 5g of protein, it's vegan, all natural, source of iron, magnesium, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids. They have different types you can pick but this one has cranberries, blueberries and bananas in it mixed with chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and hemp hearts.
Ontop of that I found my new favourite granola, from Nature's Path, it is their Summer Berries Granola. Hands down the best I've come across so far. It is not vegan as it does contain a little bit of milk but nonetheless it's delicious. I put 1/2 a cup of this into my mixture, sometimes more because it's so yummy!
To top it off I sometimes add another tablespoon of organic chia seeds, slice up some banana and sprinkle a few fresh blueberries. I'm normally not a fan of eating a lot of yoghurt on it's own, so to add the crunch and textures of everything else makes it a lot more enjoyable.
What's your favourite thing to eat for breakfast? I am always looking for simple, healthy foods!
To my future children,
There are so many things I hope to be for you, a wonderful mother, a shoulder to cry on and someone you aren't afraid to admit mistakes to and I will teach you how to learn from them. I know I will do what it takes to try and keep you safe but as you grow up and start to experience the world, I won't be there by your side every second to protect you. What I can do is give you advice, some being from my own experiences of the world going from a teenager to a young adult in my 20's, something I hope you will take with you as you go through life.
To start, school is probably going to feel like it's never ending, you are going to be counting the days till summer. All I can tell you is to enjoy it, join all the sports teams, the academic after school activities. Have fun being a kid while you can because once you graduate high school and college, the real world kicks in and it's a lot harder than you realize.
As new generations come into the world, everyone feels they're entitled to more than they deserve. Whether it's more money at work, higher ranked position or more materialistic items at home. Pay your dues, we all started from somewhere before we get to where we want to be and money doesn't buy happiness, you will learn that family and memories you can create is all you need.
When you start to date, have respect for yourself, don't force yourself into anything. If you feel uncomfortable about something, walk away. You dating the popular girl or sleeping with the captain of the hockey team to look cool isn't. You deserve someone who will treat you with respect and the right person will know how to do that, whether you find that person in high school or in your 20's or 30's. Don't be discouraged or give up, you don't always find the one you want to spend the rest of your life with right away.
Be yourself. Don't be afraid to be different. I have always believed that the world would be boring if we were all the same so embrace your individuality. You won't get along with everybody, you aren't going to please them nor is it your duty to worry about what they think. If you are tall or short, a little bigger or a little thinner, love yourself.
Models on magazine covers don't usually look like that in real life. Everyone has imperfections on their body but with some good lighting and photoshop it can change someone completely. So don't get down on the fact that you have a few pimples or you have a little cellulite on your legs, because I can guarantee that you're not the only one. As a kid, I had trouble with depression, I usually bottled it up and never expressed my feelings to anyone because of the stigma around mental illness. I don't want you to go through that, if you're feeling a certain way, know that there is always someone you can count on to be there for you, even if it is your mother.
I don't know what social media or the internet will develop into when you start to use it, Will Instagram still be a thing? Will Facebook continue to be a place to share with friends and family? All I can tell you is that they're all one big highlight reel of someone's life, nobody's perfect like they make themselves out to be on the internet. Don't let it consume you, it doesn't matter how many followers you have or how many likes a selfie you took got. The internet has turned into a place where people feel the need for acceptance from complete strangers.
So go out and explore. Technology is holding people back from looking around and appreciating the beautiful planet we live on. Go hiking up a mountain, swimming in the lake, see the northern lights and stars, travel the world. Unplug yourself, even if it's only for a little while. You'll be amazed at what's out there.
Most importantly treat everyone with love and kindness. There is a lot of hate in this world, a lot of evil, I can only dream of a day where we will wake up and not have to hear of another terrorist attack. If you believe in a god or not, are light skinned or dark skinned, we are all human, we all deserve love, happiness and acceptance. The same saying has been around forever, treat others how you wish to be treated and growing up you will learn this.
I hope when you're old enough to read this you can take these words with you, maybe even pass it on to your own children someday. Spread positivity and know that as I write this, I do not know you just yet, but you are going to be so loved and adored.
With all my love, Mum XO
Growing up in Hong Kong, I got to experience a lot of different foods. One of my favourites, was Singapore Noodles. I am going to share with you guys the recipe my mum uses when she makes this dish!
What You Will Need :
2 Red Peppers
1 Can of baby corn
2 cloves of garlic (or substitute for equal amount of minced)
2 cups of shrimp
2 tsp tomato paste
4 tsp curry powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp white pepper (or what you have)
240 grams of rice vermicelli noodles
salt and chilli to taste
To start, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Turn off heat and put vermicelli in. Stirring occasionally to loosen.
Heat a non stick frying pan on medium-high heat then add peppers and corn and stir until softened.
Add green onions, stir and then add the garlic.
Add the tomato paste and all the spices, continuing to stir for another minute till well mixed.
Then add the shrimp, cooking for another 2 minutes till shrimp softens.
Drain the noodles and return back to the pot. Pour the veggie stir fry into the pot and stir through until everything is well mixed.
Serve Hot and Enjoy!
As a young person who enjoys going out, I know that sometimes it's overwhelming when you take into consideration how much everything costs. The great thing about most people who date (and I assume many others will feel the same) is that we don't need to spend hundreds of dollars at a fancy restaurant or on material items to have a great date, as long as you're with the person you love that's all that matters! Right?
I decided to share with you some fun and cheap / free date ideas if you're on a budget in the Saskatoon area and even if you aren't, these are still a fun way to switch things up !
Go for a picnic. This is one of my favourite things to do, I have a vintage style basket so I love filling it up with snacks, grabbing a blanket and going down to the
river. Whether you bring your kids and make it a family outing or just you and your loved one, you're bound to have a great time.
Go for a hike/trail walk. This is just an overall great idea for fun and to stay active. They don't have to be strenuous or extreme, but if the sun is out, you should be too! This is always more fun for me to bring my two dogs as they get to enjoy themselves as well.
Night at the movies...at home. Sometimes there are just no good movies out in the theatre and the price can go upwards of $50 if you like to have something to munch on. To save some money, rent a movie on iTunes for $5 you've never seen before, make some popcorn and buy some candy from the store and curl up with a blanket.
Cook dinner together. In most relationships, there's always one person who doesn't do the cooking, give yourself a challenge, close your eyes and open the cookbook to a random page, whatever the recipe is, is what you and your partner can make together. It's a great way to learn new skills but also appreciate having your special someone help out.
Go get some ice cream and then go for a car ride. Whether you park in a field and enjoy the evening sky or drive around the town discovering new roads, this is always a fun way to be together, play your music and judge people's yards along the way! Just kidding...but am I really?
Play mini golf at Market Mall, it's an 18 hole course and it's a lot of fun! Open 7 days a week for only $7 a person, it's perfect for a little friendly competition.
Hit up The Berry Barn. A great day activity during the summer, you can enjoy the U-pick, eat their desserts from their cafe or take a walk through their craft shop! Visit their website : http://www.berrybarn.ca
With the weather we experience in the prairies, you have to make the most of the summer months, these are all perfect to do that! I hope you go out and enjoy what Saskatoon has to offer!