Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy New Year! And a breakfast recipe...

A new year is so happy and exciting!  It is full of new goals, new dreams, new resolutions and well a new frame of mind!  It is a fresh start and a do over for some... and for some it is just a time to reflect and relax!  Whatever you do in the new year make it count and make it meaningful!

We started off our new year with new goals and a family day!  I think the best part of the new year is being with family and focusing on what really matters in life... And to me that is living healthy and happy!

We enjoyed a healthy breakfast of teff and a winter smoothie.  Teff is such a wonderful grain because it is unique in flavor and unique in size.  It is the tiniest grain on earth and very tasty.

Teff is a very easy grain to cook.  Surprisingly it does expand alot.  The first time I decided to try it was for a gluten free bread and I liked the smell of it when I opened the bag so I decided to just cook it up and see what it would taste like.

I bought it from Amazon but it can be found in the health food aisle at most grocery stores.

As you can see from the picture it is a very tiny grain.  Boil 4 cups of water.  Once it is a rolling boil add 1 cup of teff grain.  Stir well and simmer for 20 minutes.  Stir occasionally.

What it looks like when it is all finished.  It holds its shape very well when cooked.  And it is still very tiny grain.

We also enjoyed our winter smoothie for breakfast.  

Winter Smoothie (add in the order listed):
2 c liquid (orange juice, water, almond milk, etc...)
1 orange
1 apple
1 banana
3 slices pineapple
2-4 TBS ground flax seed
4-6 cups greens (kale & spinach)

Blend well!  

It's ready to go!

After it is all mixed!  My kids like the bright green color of the winter smoothie!  It is a favorite recipe especially with the fruits and greens in season!

 Here is what a yummy bowl of teff looks like!  I serve it with frozen blueberries and good ol' UP Michigan maple syrup!  My kids love this teff too!

Lukas got to use his new cowboy boots and try out being a cowboy!

It's also a lot of fun to enjoy the play set!

Lukas and Lucky!  Lucky was born July 22, 2013 so this is a special donkey for Lukas because they share a birthday!

As you can see we had a healthy and happy day!  It was a great time to enjoy each other, friends and our furry friends too.  Whatever you do this year do it with the ones you love and make it meaningful.  Enjoy time with loved ones and tell them you love them.  Make every day a special day!  Take time out for yourself and others.  Make 2015 the best year yet!  Blessings to you and yours!

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