Hello! I’m Ariel…

I’m all about that healthy-ish lifestyle and my food is at the center of my universe. When I’m not cooking, eating, or photographing my food, you can catch me passing the time on the trails or playing with purr babies. Happy Eating!

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Top 5 Breakfasts

Top 5 Breakfasts

Breakfast is not for skipping and that's the rules. No exceptions. Besides, why would you WANT to skip this part of your morning? Are you a coward? Sometimes breakfast is the only thing that drags me out of bed.

Breakfast No. 1

Waffles with Yogurt and Blackberries

I like to call this little number, "Dessert for Breakfast." I wish DJ Khaled were here to list off the ingredients with a beat to it, but you'll just have to imagine. We've got Fage yogurt sweetened with Agave nectar, fresh blackberries, chia seeds, buckwheat seeds, coconut flakes, a drizzle of maple syrup, all on top of a homemade cinnamon and vanilla waffle. 

Breakfast No. 2

Scrambled Eggs with Chives and Avocado

This is a very simple and quick breakfast. Chop some chives, heat oil/butter (I like to use coconut oil with eggs) in a pan, and whip up your eggs. Cook on medium/low heat (you don't want them to be rubbery) and throw in the chives and a dash of salt and pepper. Slice half an avocado and serve on top of the eggs. Side it with your favorite fruit and some tea or coffee. 

Breakfast No. 3

French Toast with Strawberries

Don't you hate when your good Italian bread starts to get stale? Well there's no reason to be upset because stale Italian bread makes for the perfect French Toast! I topped mine with freshly cut strawberries, a snow shower of powdered sugar, and a light drizzle of maple syrup. Pinky up! 

Breakfast No. 4

Portobello Mushrooms and Fried Eggs

I know it is difficult to see, but that black circular thing is a baked portobello and it is my new religion. Some people may think that mushrooms aren't for breakfast, but I don't associate with those type of people. Heat your oven to Broil and mix a small bowl of olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Brush the mixture onto both sides of the shroom and broil for five minutes on each side, do not dump the juices. Fry an egg and top with parmesan and/or chives. Slice up that avocado and you've got a sweet little ensemble. Halve a grapefruit for a nice tang! 

Breakfast No. 5

Purple Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls are the bees' knees and I'm not even sure that bees HAVE knees. People in California think that they invented smoothie bowls because Californians think that they invented everything, even sand. A smoothie bowl is probably the easiest breakfast listed here and definitely the most colorful. This bowl has a smoothie base of Fage yogurt, honey, milk, blueberries, banana, and strawberries. I topped it with sliced bananas, blueberries, chia seeds, and walnuts. But don't follow any particular recipe, just use what you have and be creative! 

NOTE: If you love these bowls as much as I do you can check out the artist Andrew Snyder by clicking this hyperlink. He has all sorts of beautiful hand-crafted bowls, pots, mugs, and vases.  

One last note. If you haven't noticed yet, most of my pictures are taken outside on my sweet little balcony. I love to eat my breakfast outside because it's a wonderful way to wake up and become acquainted with the morning. Also please notice that I have some new herb friends. Mint, Rosemary, Sage, Parsley, Thyme, and Basil. I hope that you will be inspired by my breakfasts and make time for this special meal. Happy Eating!

Granita: A Refreshing Snack

Granita: A Refreshing Snack

Noodlehead - Pittsburgh, PA

Noodlehead - Pittsburgh, PA