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Quick and Easy Breakfast

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This recipe just came to me this morning while I was out in my garden picking broccoli. I am so in love with fresh broccoli, there is nothing like it. If you ever get the chance to grow your own do it or pick some up at your local farmers market.

For all of the recipes that I post on this blog  I only use FRESH fruits and veggies. You can absolutely use frozen if you like, but when you can use fresh, because fresh is always best. We also use  farm fresh eggs, we stopped buying eggs from the grocery store about three years ago and for a couple of reasons, one they taste so much better, you know where they come from, it helps support local farmers and you can read more about it here. Let’s get cooking…..

1/2 TBS Kerrygold Butter, Coconut Oil or Ghee

1 Small Garlic Clove

1/2 cup Fresh Broccoli

1/2 cup Chopped Zucchini

1/2 cup Crimini Mushrooms

1 Chicken and Apple Sausage from Aidelles cut into cubes

2 Farm Fresh Eggs cooked the way you like them

Heat up a medium sized skillet, once heated add the butter or your favorite oil. I start off with the broccoli it is the veggie that takes the longest to cook, then I add the zucchini and then the mushrooms. I set the veggies aside into a bowl and then in the same pan I brown up the sausage, it is already cooked but I like to get a little color and crunchy texture on the sausage. Add the veggies back into the pan when the sausage is to your liking and toss together. Pour mixture back into that same bowl you had your veggies in (no need to dirty another dish) and then cook your two eggs in that same pan (again no need to dirty another pan, less dishes to wash later = winning) . I like mine over medium, and my honey likes his scrambled, both ways are delicious

ENJOY!!!

 Quick Breakfast

Please post in the comments below if you try the recipe and what are your favorite quick and easy breakfast recipes?

Love to you all, Krista

 

Operation Get Healthy

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                Over the past couple of years I have suspected that I have developed some food intolerance’s and with a life long struggle of yo-yo dieting, binge eating and drinking, drug addiction and not exercising consistently one would also soon discover that the combination of all these things would lead into some digestive issues as well.

                In the summer of 2010 is when I decided to get serious about my health and I really started noticing how food was affecting my body, I don’t know why I never noticed it before, weird! This was my first attempt at trying Paleo. I was very determined to get my health in order and I never cheated. Well, a few times I did. My main thinking was to lose weight and look good, but I never focused on really feeling better mentally and physically a mistake I feel that I made on this journey.

So for 43 days I ate and lived Paleo.

                                                     No sugar from any source, grains, dairy, processed foods, cereals, breads etc. On the rare occasion I did have some berries and a little dark chocolate. Hey, sometimes we just need some dark chocolate!!!

You know what I felt great, I lost 13 lbs and a few inches. My attitude was better, my skin looked better, and I had more energy. So what happened from that summer to now? Well a lot of stressful situations, depression, and a lot of not knowing what I was doing with my life and I fell right back into struggling with my food choices and not exercising. Staying consistent is key and I know that but I just wasn’t doing it.

 The result of this destructive behavior over the years has really done a number on my body, pain in my legs and feet along with swelling, I am bloated all the time, my skin has not been clear, joint pain, and most important I just feel horrible. I lack energy, motivation, confidence, my attitude stinks and I am depressed all the time.

The excuses stop NOW!! I am tired of hearing the same old story and excuses play over and over in my head all the time. I am tired of feeling sorry for myself. I absolutely do not like looking in the mirror. It’s time to change my thinking and stop believing all these negative thoughts that I keep telling myself.  I will no longer use my body as a garbage can!! It’s crazy, on a recent emergency trip back home I had some wonderful and really meaningful conversations with my sister in law and my brother and at times those conversations where really hitting me right in my heart like they were meant for me to hear. Funny how God speaks to us sometimes.

I know what I need to do, the hard part is doing it. I wish there was a reset button that we could push and all of our health issues would disappear but then again that would be the easy way out and there is no fun in that. Learning along the way what works and doesn’t work is all part of the journey and makes us stronger in the end.  I have set goals in the past and I think sometimes they are a bit too much, so I am just going to keep them simple and basic for now. Simple whole foods are what I will be eating along with yummy green vegetable juices, healthy fats and some probiotics and digestive enzymes.

Also getting exercise in at least 4 days a week, and running a 5k this weekend.

My nutrition and staying active are number one on my list and I am choosing to focus on getting healthy and healing my body instead of focusing on the weight loss, I know that will come with it so that will just be a bonus. Right now at this moment I would say I eat healthy 65% of the time and the other 35% of the time is eating too many processed, quick and convenient foods. I don’t want to start off with eliminating too many foods but in order to see what is causing certain things I will start with a few. This first week will be gluten, processed foods and grains. I know that seems like a lot of things but I know first handed that these are all triggers for me.

I will keep you all updated throughout the weeks of how it is going and what I have been eating. One of my favorite food choices in the fall and winter months are soups, here is one of my favorites recipes that I will be making. Enjoy!!

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Operation Get Healthy is in full effect!!!

Chilled Asparagus Soup

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One of my favorite things to eat lately is Purple Asparagus from the farmers market. It is so sweet, nutty, tender and delicious I just can’t get enough of it. It is good for breakfast, lunch and dinner, even a snack. Some of my favorite ways to prepare asparagus is on the grill, or sauteed with peppers, broccoli, onions and garlic with a farm fresh over easy egg on top.

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The last time I prepared the above I only used the tips of the asparagus, and I was thinking what I could make with the left over and then I remembered a chilled soup that a friend of mine was talking about so I thought I would try it out. I am so glad that I did because it is soooo good!!!

Chilled Asparagus Soup

This recipe only has a few ingredients, it is super easy, super yummy, and anyone can eat it…. This recipe can be raw, vegan, low calorie, low carb, gluten and dairy free, paleo anything that you desire….

Ingredients

20-30 Asparagus Spears

Half of a Sweet Onion

1 Garlic Clove or more if you like

Water or Chicken Broth

Lime Juice just a small wedge for brightness and freshness

Salt and Pepper to taste

Small pinch of Red Pepper Flakes for some Heat

About 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

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Optional: Green Onions, Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Vegan Sour Cream etc.

My favorite way to prepare this is to saute the onions, garlic, and red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in the olive oil. I am not a fan of raw onion flavor and I like the sweetness that onions have after they are sauteed a little bit. Then put in your blender or food processor with the asparagus and blend together until smooth, it will be a little thick so this is when you will add the water or chicken broth to get the consistency that you desire. DONE!!! See how easy that was!!!!

Chill for about an hour

Pour into Bowls

Squeeze a little lime over the top,

add some green onions and a little greek yogurt and ENJOY!!!

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This is the way I like to prepare this, remember you can make this a completely raw vegan soup if you so wish! I do my best to make recipes that satisfy everyone. I am not all raw or vegan but I do enjoy incorporating lots of plant based meals into my diet so you will find a little bit of everything here!!!

Please let me know if you try out this recipe or any others on my blog                                       and leave a comment below

Welcome

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Amazing Things

Hey Everyone Welcome to the new home of Nutrition For A Vibrant Healthy Life and The Traveling White Board (something new I just created). I want you to know that all of  you are meant for Amazing things. Remind yourself everyday how important you are and love yourself, these are things that I am working on as well, we can do this TOGETHER lose weight, get fit, get healthy and love ourselves more!!! Thank You to all of my followers and all the new ones to come. You all Inspire and Motivate me!!! Have a Beautiful Day!!

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