10 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Hey everyone!

In need of some healthy breakfast inspo? I have you covered. Here are 10 ridiculously easy, yummy and nutritious breakfast ideas. You’re welcome!

 

Berry Quinoa Porrdige

Not going to lie, this is my go-to breakfast most mornings. I freakin’ LOVE it. It’s such a great source of complete protein, fibre and complex carbs, creating a balanced meal that keeps keeps you satisfied for longer. Aaaaand it’s really yummy. Click here for the recipe. 

Breakfast idea: Quinoa Porridge topped with berries

 

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

For those mornings when you’re craving something sweet… Seriously, this tastes more like dessert than it does breakfast. Tip: pile a whole lot of berries on top to add more nutrients! Click here for the recipe. 

 

Eggs and Avocado Toast

Good ol’ avocado toast never fails. I still can’t believe I hated avocados for most of my life, because I cannot get enough of them now! So, toast two pieces of wholegrain bread, mash some avocado on top, sprinkle a dash of salt and pepper and then layer a fried egg on each! I sometimes like to fit some baby spinach in there too.

 

Egg and Veggie Scramble

Slice up a whole lot of veg, sauté them in a pan with a little bit of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, pour in a whisked egg and scramble. I’ll usually have some wholegrain toast with it too! The great thing about this is that you can pre-slice all the veggies the night before or earlier during the week so this only takes 5 minutes to make.

 

Savoury Slice

This slice is not only ridiculously yummy, it’s so easy to make and lasts for several days, which means all you have to do in the morning is eat it – doesn’t get much easier than that!! Click here for the recipe. 

 

Sweet Potato Fritters

Slightly obsessed with anything sweet potato. Especially when they’re in fritter form. Fritters are super easy to make, they’re versatile and they can be refrigerated for later use. Although I haven’t yet taken proper measurements for my own, here is a really great recipe from the Merry Maker Sisters. I will sometimes add in a little flour and zucchini into the mix too!

 

Banana Pancakes

Pancakes. Need I say more?! Here is a really great basic recipe that only contains 3 ingredientsYep, 3! I would top these with a little bit of maple syrup and a handful of berries and sliced banana – YUM.

 

Smoothies & Smoothie Bowls

Lately, I cannot get enough smoothies. In fact, I had one for breaky this morning and it was ahhh-mazing. They are such a great way to get in a whole heap of fruit and veg. If you do choose to have a smoothie as your main meal, be sure to make it more balanced by adding in some protein (e.g. cooked quinoa or protein powder) and healthy fats (ground flaxseed or avocado). Oh and if you’re wondering what the heck a smoothie bowl is, it’s just a thicker smoothie that’s poured into a bowl. Rather self-explanatory, but I thought I’d share that with you anyways ha! Here are some great recipes to try: Good Morning Green Citrus Smoothie, The Easiest Breakfast Smoothie & Berry Superfood Smoothie Bowl.

 

breakfast idea: berry smoothie

 

Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Muffins are another one of those great recipes where you can cook up a batch one day and then have them for breakfast throughout the week, which is so handy when you have an action-packed morning. Why not try these Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins, Carrot Cake Muffins, Banana Chia Breakfast Muffins or even Muesli Muffins. You could even pair these with a smoothie!

 

Beans on toast

Classic beans on toast have always been a staple in my house. They’re even better when they’re homemade like in this recipe from BBC good food. However, if you really are strapped for time you can always grab some canned baked beans, just be on the look out for low sugar and low salt options! (If you’re unsure how to read food labels, check out this post)

 


 

Hopefully this has given you some inspiration for breakfast. As you can see, having a breakfast that is easy and quick to make, yet nutritious and delicious is certainly do-able!

Do you have any other breakfast ideas?! What’s your fave breaky? Share in the comments below 🙂

Anyways, I should probably get back to my assignment now, I’ll talk to you all again very soon! xo

Chante Louise

Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Chips

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recipe for healthy baked sweet potato chips with guacamole

 

So, today I had an epiphany…

For some reason I always put so much pressure on myself when it comes to my blog recipes. If the recipe isn’t along the lines of ‘cinnamon applesauce oatmeal pancakes sprinkled with home-made wild blueberry syrup containing nectar from an exotic flower found deep within the Amazonian rainforest’, then it’s not worth posting.

Yep. Ridiculous, I know. Perhaps after seeing so many inspiring innovative foodies across social media, I felt the pressure to up my game in the recipe department. I suddenly had to invent state-of-the-art meals, when in reality, I don’t typically enjoy making or eating those types of food. I am all about healthy eating being SIMPLE and delicious. So, from now on, I will start sharing more of my easy, nutritious meals with you all to show you that you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to be healthy. I’m sure many of you are new to healthy eating so this will hopefully help you a lot!

To start things off, here is one of the easiest recipes you’ll ever find ha – Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Chips.

Now usually when we think of chips, or even just potatoes in general, our ‘unhealthy’ radar goes off. When in fact, potatoes aren’t unhealthy at all, it’s the way in which they’re deep fried in vegetables oils rich in omega-6 and covered with salt that make them unhealthy. By baking them, however, they retain more nutrients and don’t come with a whole lot of trans fats and sodium. AND they taste just as good – winning at life right there.

Oh and if you are someone who has been led to believe that potatoes are unhealthy, let me clear a few things up for you. Potatoes actually have a lot of great qualities. Sweet potato, in particular, is rich in beta-carotene and does wonders for your vision, skin and immune system.

So with all that said, there’s no reason as to why these sweet potato chips can’t make a regular appearance on your plate!

healthy baked sweet potato chips with guacamole
Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Print Recipe
A healthy spin on the beloved potato chip. These are perfect as a snack or a side-dish!
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
healthy baked sweet potato chips with guacamole
Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Print Recipe
A healthy spin on the beloved potato chip. These are perfect as a snack or a side-dish!
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Wash the sweet potato, peel it (or you can leave the skin on but make sure it's scrubbed thoroughly) and then cut into small/medium 'chip' size pieces. Try to make sure that each chip is similar in size so they all cook at the same rate.
  3. In a bowl, mix in the potato chips, paprika, rosemary, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil.
  4. Spread the chips out evenly into a large baking tray and place in the oven for 40 minutes until golden and cooked throughout. Be sure to check on them regularly because cooking times may differ depending on the size of your chips.
Recipe Notes

Feel free to change the seasonings depending on your personal taste.

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P.S. On this occasion I decided to make a basic guacamole to go with them – smashed avocado, lemon juice and chilli flakes!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! xx

Chante Louise

Fresh Week, Fresh Start

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Hey there guys, I hope you’re all excited for the week ahead!

I’m here as your friendly reminder that no matter what, this week will come and go and it’s up to you to make thing happen.

It’s SO easy for a week to pass without working towards your goals. Heck, sometimes months or years can go by where we haven’t done an awful lot. We’ve been on auto-pilot. Simply just getting by.
If that’s been you lately, this week is your week to change it. Think of this as a sign. A sign to start working towards your goals. A sign to spend time doing what makes you happy. A sign to work towards becoming the healthiest version of you.

168 hours

There’s 168 hours in the week. Once you subtract 50 hours of work/uni/school/whatever-else as well as 8 hours of sleep a night, you’re left with 62 hours. Now, 62 hours it still a LOT of time. It seems like we’re always complaining of never having enough to time, when really most of us have ample time we just don’t use it wisely.
Do yourself a favour and write down as accurately as you can how you spend your week. Allocate how many hours you spend on all your responsibilities, hobbies and anything else that consumes your time. Try to include as many details as possible.
Are you liking what you’re seeing? Perhaps you’re spending too much time on things that aren’t contributing to your growth like excessive time on social media (ugh, good ol’ instagram gets me every time ha!), watching t.v, cleaning and procrastinating. Maybe you’re surprised to see how much time you have leftover?
Now, construct your ideal week. How do you want it to look? How many hours do you want to spend on your commitments? In this new week of yours, make sure to include activities that get you closer to your goals and make you happy, whatever that may be. Say you want to get healthy (which, if you’re reading this blog is highly likely!) – add in an hour of exercise most days and set aside time to make healthy meals. The thought of exercising and eating healthy can seem like too much time and effort for most people (heck, occasionally it even does for me), but really it’s only 10 hours or so out of your week. Let’s be honest, 10 hours out of 168 hours really isn’t all that much now is it?!
That’s the crazy thing about it all; a lot of the time our goals are certainly in reach we just don’t use our time efficiently. Of course saying it and doing it are two different things. I did this back in July and I’m still not quite living up to my allocated hours exactly, however, it has made a world of difference. It showed me how I’m spend most of my hours, how much time I need to spend on different aspects of my life to create balance and how much time I need to spend on goals to actually achieve them.

be in the present

Start being in the present. I speak for myself when I say my mind often lives in the future or the past. I am constantly trying to bring myself back into the present moment because at the end of the day life is happening here, right now, in this present moment. Don’t waste your precious time worrying or fretting about what’s already been done or what has yet to come. Not only does this make you happier and more productive, being in the present moment allows you to be aware of what you’re doing. It helps pull you out of auto-pilot.

weekly planning

Now that you have an estimate on how many hours are allocated to different aspects of your life, I also think it’s important to set aside a little bit of time every Sunday or Monday morning to plan out your week. Write down all the things you need to do that week, prioritise them and then get them done according to your 168 hours. Being organised will allow the week to run much more smoothly, remove mental clutter and keep on top of your game.

If you do these I promise you’ll be achieving goals left, right and centre. So, take charge of your 168 hours. Plan your week. Be present. Go kick ass. Ok, Monday pep-talk done, I’m off to bed! Goodnight guys 🙂 xx
Chante Louise

Waterfalls and Sunsets

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me + main waterfall

Hey everyone! Can you believe it’s September already?! Is it just me or has the last couple of weeks flown by??? Like, can time slow down for a little bit and let me catch up!

Anywho, here is the post I promised you last week all about my adventures from the weekend before.

So my boyfriend, Ryan, and I headed out on yet another waterfall adventure. I know, I’m amazed we haven’t explored every single waterfall in the Goldcoast by now either, but to my surprise there were a couple of busier waterfalls that we had overlooked. In case you haven’t read my Byron Bay post, one of the main reasons we go exploring so often (besides the fact that I LOVE it), is because Ryan does landscape/adventure photography as a hobby. So we tend to stay away from busier locations because, for some reason, people like to get in the way of our photos… No joke, we’ll have the camera and tripod set up and then BAM someone walks in front. Like, Really?! Ha! However, after searching this waterfall on instagram, the views looked so good that we had no other choice but to hop in the car and go exploring.

Aaaaaaand I’m am SO glad we did.

Look. At. That.

 

the view from the top of a mountain

Not even five minutes into the track and you have views like that!

 

me looking out at the view from a mountain

view during walk

me + waterfall 2

waterfall 2

 

Look at this bad boy. Now THAT is a waterfall.

I really loved how this track was scenic the whole way through; mini waterfalls and amazing views scattered everywhere. The track was also fairly easy which was super convenient as time was not on our side that afternoon. In saying that, I’m never too fond of the walk back UP the mountain. My skinny chicken legs (umm muscles please hurry up!) are just not built for it. BUT, the feeling you get after reaching the top, oh man, it’s the best. So, we headed back up the way we came powering up the mountain until we stumbled (quite literally, my chicken legs were jelly by this point) back upon the most perfect little spot, not too far from the start of the track, from where we could enjoy the sunset. And when I say perfect, I mean P-E-R-F-E-C-T. Picture this: standing on top of a gigantic waterfall looking out onto a luscious green blanket of mountains, a sparkling blue ocean on the horizon and a pink and purple painted sky. Yep. Take a look for yourself.

 

sunset over the mountains

 

I will say though, when we stalked this waterfall (is it weird that I rarely stalk people on instagram, only waterfalls?!) we saw what we thought were people at this spot watching the sunset, but turns out they were watching the sunrise. So we’re definitely going to make another trip back here early one morning!

Anyways, we stayed perched upon the top of this waterfall for the remainder of the sunset, but as the sun went down, so did the temperature. What was originally nice weather turned it to what can only be described as an ice age... But without the ice and well, the freezing temperatures… Guys, I really cannot do the cold. Which, in Australia, isn’t even really that cold ha! So, seeing as I’m a giant sook, I zipped up my several jackets (told you) and we quickly headed back to the car.

Besides getting photos of the sunset we really wanted some galaxy shots. Seeing as it was just too cold to get them from the waterfall we drove to a deserted lookout spot so we had the car (A.K.A. giant heater) ready to jump back into as soon as we got the perfect shot. By this time it was pitch black outside but it was still really early in the night, so the fact that we were even able to get galaxy shots was a nice surprise. Although it was a beautiful night (you can see for yourself below – how cool is that?!), I’m not going to lie, being in the middle of a forest when it’s pitch black is pretty damn creepy. There was rustling in the bushes and at one point there was some strange flash of light in the sky to which we both turned to each other straight away saying ‘DID YOU SEE THAT?!’ Still not too sure as to what it is, but all I can say is that I am SO glad we didn’t start watching the Netflix show ‘Stranger Things’ until the day after ha!

 

galaxy

 

Also, shoutout to Ryan for all the photos! The best #instagram boyfriend out there 😉 Haha! But if any of you do want to see more photos, you can go check out his insta. 

me and ryan

So, I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful week! I should have another blog post up very shortly. I’m at that point in the university semester where all of a sudden I have a whole lot of assessment looming on the horizon – ewwww. However, I am going to try my absolute hardest to keep posting consistently 🙂 xx

Chante Louise