I LIKE SLEEP…(AND HEALTHY OATMEAL BANANA PANCAKES)

Breakfast Time Machine // LITTLE LESSY

CONFESSION. THE LAST thing I think about at night before falling asleep isn’t my family, my goals or my boyfriend (sorry). It isn’t spent reflecting on what I accomplished that day or a mental run-through of what needs to happen the next. Nope. The last thing I think about before I slip into a sweet, sweet slumber is… what do I get to eat for breakfast? 

And these days I’ve been hitting the hay happily salivating over the promise of another (for the 4th time in a week) delicious stack of pancakes to wake up to in the morn.

But not just regular pancakes.

And not the kind that leaves you in a sugary-carbo-loaded induced food coma either.

Nope – these guys pack some serious nutritious punch hitting on all the important food groups to complete a meal: healthy carbs, protein, and maple syrup (ya I’ve decided the sweet stuff deserves to be a food group of its own…disclaimer: not scientifically proven that maple syrup is healthy but I like to tell myself that. Come on, it’s natural!).

Healthy Oatmeal Banana Pancakes

And the best part about these pancakes is that they are a cinch to whip up so you don’t even have to wait til Sunday to make them. I first stumbled across the recipe via Lexy of Proper Pinwheel – who got the recipe from the instagram account of @megeatswhole.

Since I have a small addiction to making otherwise unhealthy foods healthy, giving this a go was a no brainer. Besides all the ingredients were items I’d otherwise eat for breakfast, and were already standing at attention waiting for me in my kitchen.

Ready for the recipe? 1 mashed banana + 2 eggs + 1/4 c of oats + a dash of cinnamon. Mix. Cook like a pancake. Top like a pancake. Smash against face.

The recipe only makes 3 pancakes so it’s good for 1 person. I doubled it for Daniel and I to enjoy but since that guy is a bottomless pit I think next time I’d quadruple it for him.

Since trying to stick to a mostly gluten and dairy free diet I’ve been experiencing some serious pancake-withdrawal so I’m pretty stoked to have this recipe in my life.

If you make them let me know what you think!

8

BRIBING WITH BRUNCH

Brunch with Buddies

THE BEST WAY to get yourself to a 9AM workout on a Sunday is to get your friends to join you. The best way to get your friends to join you for a 9AM workout on a Sunday is to bribe them with brunch. And maybe leave out the details that said brunch would be butter-and-gluten-less…

Pause.

Hard to believe those two babes just got their asses kicked at Kondi, right? Believe me, there’s a reason I’m behind the camera here.

Resume.

And our little sweat/brunch date aligned perfectly with day 1 of lululemon’s #nohumbug challenge. Although I omitted the “in bed” part and stuck to the “make breakfast for someone you’re sweet on”. And I’m certainly sweet for these two.

So what did we eat?

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprout hash topped with a fried egg (and a serving of these pancakes that didn’t quite turn out like the first time. At all.)

Sweet Potato and Brussels Sprouts Hash

I adapted the recipe from here but omitted the part where you toss the whole thing in bacon grease (I won’t say I wasn’t tempted to though…). I just used a bit of grapeseed oil in the skillet to get things going and then seasoned with Worcestershire and Tabasco.

We also topped off our dishes with some avocado and goat cheese (because why not?) and proceeded to sit around the table for 3 hours chatting, laughing and helping ourselves to seconds thirds.

In other news – you should join in on the random acts of kindness that is the #nohumbug campaign. Because let’s be serious, even though Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, it can be stressful too. And there’s no better gift than giving without expectation.

But that doesn’t apply to you Hilary and Whit… I expect another brunch date invite from you two.

4

LE MARCHE ST. GEORGE

Le Marche St.George | Vancouver

THIS PLACE IS like a sweet slice of Europe hidden away on one of the most random of corners in Vancouver. In some ways it flies completely under the radar, when brought up in conversation it almost always garners a “oh yah, I’ve heard of that place… been meaning to check it out just never have” kind of response. Dear Vancouver friends, you should probably make your way to Le Marche St George.

 Le Marche St George

Le Marche St George

I enrolled Tiff in a brunch date on Saturday via an Outlook meeting request because that’s how us 24 year olds roll. Seriously, is it sad that I need to book hangouts with friends into my calender so not to forget them? Or does that just make me sound super important and busy… because by “not forget them” I mean forget I had plans and spend the day on my couch instead.

Le Marche St George - Butter Tart

I ordered a latte, Tiff had a london fog and we cheers-ed our massive bowls together to kick off our date. We decided to share a flatbread and a butter tart – neither of which disappointed.

Le Marche St George | flatbread

We spent a long while nestled on a bench by the window enjoying the food, the ambiance and the company. It was exactly the kind of brunch with my bestie that I needed. The one where you can talk about the real things going on and get the best advice and coaching there is out there.

The butter tart didn’t hurt either.

2