Raspberry Chia Pudding

Beautiful pink berries are stirred in with chia seeds and milk to create a simple and nutritious Raspberry Chia Pudding breakfast.

I’ve been buying a TON of berries from the market lately. Spring just gets me so obsessed with eating fresh berries – it’s like a drought has ended! Berry Banana Bread has been constantly in my oven lately and Raspberry Gin Fizzes are on constant rotation in my belly 😉

So let’s keep the love affair with berries rolling and dish up a super healthy RASPBERRY breakfast! These beautiful pink nuggets are stirred in with chia seeds and milk to create a simple and nutritious Raspberry Chia Pudding.

Chia Pudding is the perfect lazyperson’s breakfast because it is:

  • super duper healthy (chia seeds are packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium)
  • low effort (literally you dump all the ingredients into a mason jar and shake)
  • quick (make it the night before and grab it out of the fridge in the morning)
  • portable (throw the mason jar into your bag and bring it anywhere)
  • filling (chia seeds control your appetite)

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Blueberry Basil Smoothie

Fresh basil leaves are added to a classic blueberry smoothie, creating a refreshing twist in this healthy breakfast smoothie.

I grew up on an island in the pacific northwest, on the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Taking a ferry to the mainland (where I live now – in the city of Vancouver), through an archipelago of mountainous, treed islands was a regular occurrence – sometimes you could even spot whales!

The ferry passes through a grouping of islands called the Gulf Islands, and one of those islands is Salt Spring. Salt Spring Island is very small in comparison to the island I grew up on, with a tiny town, rolling hills of farmland, artisans, hippies, rocky beaches, and a very, very laid back lifestyle. (It’s a lovely place to vacation! You should go!)

Salt Spring Island has an incredible, incredible farmer’s market during the spring and summer – one of my favourite vendors is Salt Spring Kitchen, who sell artisanal preserves.

Last summer I picked up their Blueberry Basil Jam which has become a favourite to pair with a sharp cheddar cheese and cracker. The sweetness of the berries plays off a hint of refreshing basil – it’s a lovely sweet-savoury combination.

This pairing inspired me to re-create the same flavours in a Blueberry Basil Smoothie! I’ve added fresh basil leaves to a classic blueberry smoothie, creating a refreshing twist in this healthy breakfast smoothie.

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Honeyed Ricotta Toast with Berries

Generous smears of creamy ricotta cheese are paired with blueberries, raspberries, drizzled with lots of honey and tangy mint. A spring breakfast.

Have you ever browsed the hashtag #ToastTuesday on Instagram? It’s kind of the best. Every Tuesday, around the world, people eat toast for breakfast and then post a photo of their toast creations on Instagram. Toast is such a trend right now!

Today is not Tuesday. But we’re still talking about toast. Honeyed Ricotta Toast with Berries, to be precise. #ToastThursday?? 😉

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl tastes like a treat, but is so healthy! Frozen bananas are mixed with a little almond milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder, dates for sweetness, and chia seeds for thickness.

I’ve been obsessed with breakfast bowls lately! They are such a simple way to combine so many flavours into one delicious bowl – and then you have the best excuse to load up on all your favourite toppings. I’ve been eating tons of oatmeal bowls and rice pudding bowls  sprinkled with my favourite fresh fruits, crunchy granola, chopped nuts, drizzles of homemade jam… the toppings are the best part, really 😉

But for this recipe, the toppings definitely come second. This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl tastes like DESSERT in a bowl. The first time I made this recipe and dunked a spoon in my blender to give it a taste, I actually audibly breathed, “OHMYGOD” and forced a spoonful into J’s mouth so he could taste it too.

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Peanut Butter and Jam Stovetop Oatmeal

Peanut Butter and Jam Stovetop Oatmeal will bring you child-like glee! Delicious PB&J taste in the adult vehicle of an oatmeal bowl.

Last week I waxed on about the perfect pairing of peanut butter and banana. Now let’s obsess about peanut butter’s other match made in heaven: JAM.

Peanut butter and jam is a classic pairing. PB&J sandwiches have been stuffed into kids lunch boxes since the beginning of time. It’s one of those classic combinations that is the perfect combination of sweet, salty, creamy, with a hint of peanutty crunch, and is just overall YUMS.

Peanut butter and jam isn’t just a great sandwich – it makes a fun oatmeal! Like eating a sandwich with a spoon! …Is that weird?

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Broiled Grapefruit with Honey and Yogurt

Warm caramelized broiled grapefruit is served with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey, that tastes like dessert for breakfast.

Do you ever wonder, if you were given a second shot at life, what career you might pursue instead? What you might study? What passion you might follow?

I’ve been watching a lot of the new Netflix documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design lately, and it’s been inspiring. My favourite episodes have been Paula Scher on Graphic Design and Bjarke Ingels on Architecture. Have you watched it yet?

In my alternate life, I would pursue design. As a kid, I doodled floor plans of houses, which often accompanied the fictional stories I wrote. I loved planning the entirety of a story: designing the home where the characters lived and even plotting their family tree.

As an adolescent, I was fascinated with web design and graphics. I taught myself basic HTML coding and loved messing around on Photoshop, playing with fonts, making logos, and editing photographs. (Nerd alert!)

Of course, this blog is an outlet for my passion for art and design, but it’s interesting to wonder what an alternate life might look like in a graphic design or architecture career.

What alternate career would you pursue in another life?

… and these thoughts have literally nothing to do with grapefruit! Ha! Boss ladies need quick breakfasts in the form of broiled grapefruit….?! 😉

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Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

With the flavours of cinnamon and vanilla and the heartiness of oats and bananas, this smoothie really does taste like a cinnamon bun!

When I was little, my parents would take my brother and I on weekend outings to the local airport to watch the planes. It was a classic small town airport – back then, the airport didn’t have many big planes, but it had small and charter planes, and everyone in the airport was friendly and knew everyone else. There was also an airport cafe.

The cafe was in the flight school building, right on the runway beside the control tower, and probably hadn’t changed since it was built in the 50s. The cafe was nothing remarkable, with white walls and basic tables and chairs, but it had big windows that gave the best view of the runway. They also served amazing sticky cinnamon buns.

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