basic breakfast

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A easy way to spruce up the most basic of breakfast; milk and cereal:

Since I need to do some grocery shopping and there’s nothing to eat, I went for the easy choice of milk and cereal but why stop there… An easy way to add some antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids, fiber and all that good stuff into your body is by turning something simple, to be a little more complex.

If you’re lactose intolerant, a delicious substitution is Coconut Milk.
I’ll rave endlessly about this because I love almost everything coconut. Plus, it’s still a good source of calcium AND this contains 60% medium chain fatty acids. Just cause it says “fatty”, these are “good fats”, which mean they will actually be easier for your body to burn as energy!

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(sticking to morning talk, this is me – no make up, bed head, and my chipped nails… Bare with me here)

For the cereal, I know childhood ones bring back memories but don’t fall into the trap. Read the label! Those usually consist of sugar as their top ingredient and because cereal grains are so refined, they are striped and hold poor nutritional value.

What’s in my bowl? Nature’s Path Organic Hemp Plus Granola.
(Although, steel cut oats are the best oats to eat, this was already in my pantry… I used it with my greek yogurt, hah)

Easy Additives:
Chia Seeds rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fiber and minerals. Super helpful for your metabolism, people with diabetes and who doesn’t like having good skin! I’m impatient so I like to put 1tbsp or 2 into the milk first so they can soak. You want them to produce this clear little jelly layer around the seed.

Raisins can’t get enough of those antioxidants but they’re also one of the richest sources of the mineral boron used for building strong bones. Also, I like that they give a chewy texture to the crunch of the cereal. Ideally, you should try to buy raisins or any dried fruits that don’t use Sulfites as a preservative.

Blueberries high in antioxidants and low on the GI (glycemic index). Though they aren’t the lowest GI berry, they’re still favorable for regulating your blood sugar. Adding any fruit into your cereal is good too!

Give it a try and enjoy! Like they say, breakfast is the most important meal so start your morning off right. It’s what kick starts the rest of your day!

xo,tfny.

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you are more beautiful than you think

Such a powerful video for everyone out there.

We all lust over the pretty images of the perfect figured, sultry lip, and glistening eyed models advertised everywhere and on everything around us that we start to compare ourselves to what we feel is the “perfect image”. Rather than scrutinizing, I think we should acknowledge those lovely images but also look in the mirror and see that same beautiful light reflect amongst ourselves. There needs to be a reminder that those images that we see, they are part of someone illustrating their concept. It is THEIR vision of beauty and advertisement’s are made to be unreal; not necessarily “the look” you have to achieve. Take for instance the magazine ads of a model prancing around in a top and cute underwear. We do NOT walk around on the streets in just our underwear (well, most of us don’t with exception of halloween. and SF Pride. and EDC. Anyways, you catch my drift!) It just makes for a great photo!

Hey, I’m totally guilty for looking in the mirror some days, and all you see are flaws. I get skin irritations all the time and when allergy season hits.. boy! Is it hard to feel attractive. I think the best thing to do is, we all know we have a personal traits we do like about ourselves.. whether it is the color of our eyes, our smile, a nice rack, butt.. etc. So If you’re ever having a bad day, you should think to yourself, “hey, at least I got a nice ____!”

We are our own worst critics, especially women, and we have to remember that we are more beautiful than we think. So think beautiful!

xo,tiff.

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