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Avocado Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

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This a recipe for a delicious, healthy on-the-go breakfast that I adapted from a similar recipe I found in a magazine.

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Each cookie has about 160 calories (perfect then as a snack, or to make a full meal, paired with nonfat yogurt or juice, or topped with peanut butter).

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I prefer to halve this recipe so that I don’t get sick of eating these cookies before they run out.

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Avocado Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 avocado (peeled & pitted, of course)
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup plain 0% or low-fat yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups dates

Optional mix-ins: nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, bee pollen

avocado date breakfast cookies

avocado date breakfast cookies

avocado date breakfast cookies

  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper OR foil (if using foil, also top with nonstick cooking spray)
  3. Combine the dry ingredients in a medium/large bowl
  4. Combine all the wet ingredients (everything else) in a food processor
  5. Combine the wet ingredients to the dry
  6. Add any of the optional mix-ins, to taste
  7. Bake for 19 minutes, until slightly crispy/golden brown on top
  8. Cool slightly
  9. Enjoy!

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What I Ate Wednesday #4

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First WIAW in a long time!

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Breakfast: yummy Kashi cereal with extra cinnamon on top. I eat my cereal and drink my coffee with almond milk. To me, cereal is kind of a treat for breakfast.

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Snack: fresh passion fruit, yum! I love that this fruit is both tangy and sweet.

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Lunch: so, disclosure: this day was awhile ago. To be honest, I can’t remember what this was. It looks like a salad with cheese, peas, avocado… salami? I’m not sure, but it looks yummy!

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Snack: chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, since, as you know by now, I need chocolate almost every day.

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Dinner: For some reason, I ate a snack for dinner this night. Does anyone else enjoy apples with cheddar cheese?

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Dessert: white wine + dark chocolate M&Ms = instant dessert perfection.

I’ve definitely noticed a pattern in my diet: too much sugar (don’t forget, fruit is sugar too). Luckily, I’m currently reading a book called “The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout” (review to come) so hopefully I can kick the habit, or at least reduce it, soon.

What did you eat today?


What I Ate Wednesday #3

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This is a really old WIAW, from the fall, when I was still working in Kailua. I began this day with two Wasa Crackers. For some reason, I actually like them, even though they are completely tasteless. I put peanut butter on them, and had coffee on the side. I drink coffee pretty much every day.

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I took my lunch break at work, next door at Whole Foods. I always just grab a little bit of everything there. I find that it’s generally hit or miss.

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Unfortunately, I seem to think that both lunch and dinner are followed by dessert. I had a chocolate peanut butter cup.

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It was a long work day, so I also had another coffee (my phone was partially broken at this time, which is why all these pictures are blurry).

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At home later than evening, I had a homemade dinner of pasta (yes, even that was homemade previously, I took it out of the freezer) with olive oil, broccoli, peas, sun-dried tomato and artichoke. Yum!

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Second dessert of the day was a triple chocolate brownie and a small cup of almond milk. Does anyone else have a chocolate problem? Seriously, I think I’m addicted!

Yogi Surprise Subscription Box

You guys, I just have to just gush for a minute about a brand I love: Yogi Surprise. And no, they didn’t ask me to write this post!

 

I found out about this company on Instagram, and although I didn’t sign up for a subscription, I did buy their special, one-off fundraiser box for Nepal relief after the earthquake last year. It included only products from Nepal, like a really pretty mala, prayer flags, incense, etc. I loved it! That purchase got me on their mailing list, and when they did a holiday 2015 “12 Days of Yogi Christmas” giveaway, I thought, sure, why not? It took 2 seconds to enter and I forgot all about it. Well, a couple days later, I woke up to a text from my sister: “You won! Check your email!”

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I was so stoked! I have never really won anything like this, and I especially never really thought I would win any sort of sweepstakes. So, I starting receiving a Yogi Surprise box each month. Let me tell you: I will definitely remain a member.

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Not only does each box provide almost double the value of what you pay, it also includes a variety of yoga sequences, coupons, postcards and other special goodies. Probably like many people, I at first imagined subscription boxes to include free-sample type stuff (you know, sample-size, nothing too valuable). But if you think that too, think again. Some of my favorite products so far have been: rose-scented mat wash; a full-sized box of tea; natural stain-remover that works so well; a bag of lentil chips; a full-size bottle of Pacifica Face Wash; a glass (reusable) straw with a brush to clean it; body and face oil (yes, full-size! And the face oil even came in a beautiful glass bottle with a dropper). The list goes on!

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Another cool part about this company is that each month, they give away $1,000 to one winner, someone who posts a photo with the box on Instagram. Well, I love using Instagram, so I finally decided to give it a shot. One Saturday when my boyfriend and I were at the beach, I had him snap a couple photos for me. Luckily, it was absolutely gorgeous out that day. We had driven over an hour to go out to the west side of Oahu, to a beautiful beach called Yokohama. It was difficult choosing just one picture to post, but I picked my favorite and posted it. A while later, they reposted my photo on their account, and although I thought that was a good sign (and it got over 300 likes, cool!) I forgot about it a couple days later. It wasn’t until two weeks later that I thought about it again, when I opened the Instagram app and saw that I had a message. It was from Yogi Surprise!

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I am using the winnings to go to a two-day intensive teacher training in New York City next month (I will definitely post more about that!) and I am so incredibly grateful! Thank you, Yogi Surprise!

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My picture was also included in the April Yogi Surprise box, which is pretty awesome!

 

If you’re interested in signing up for Yogi Surprise, do so HERE and use code YOGIFRIEND to get 20% off for life! They also do one-off boxes like the Nepalese one I got last year. Right now, there’s a special one for Earth Day.

  • Yoga Lifestyle Subscription: receive 6-8 full-size yoga lifestyle items, all vegetarian and GMO-Free; a $70+ retail value in every box for $44.95 per month (with free shipping)
  • Yoga Jewelry Subscription: receive 2 handcrafted, fair trade pieces of jewelry and an organic treat, a $65+ retail value in every box for $24.99 per month (with free shipping)

What I Ate Wednesday #2

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I ate way too much fruit on this day last week, which is weird for me, because I’m not a huge fruit enthusiast. Here’s the reason that ended up happening, though: I had a yoga photo shoot with Lily Lotus on Saturday (eep!) so last week, I tried to eat cleaner, so I would look my best over the weekend. My main goal was to cut out added sugar, but I think that I ended up eating more sugar overall, with all the fruit. It’s making me a little nauseated just thinking about all the fruit… read on, and let me know what you think of this odd day of eats.

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Breakfast was a homemade acai bowl made with coconut water and wheatgrass powder, topped with homemade cherry-walnut-coconut-quinoa granola. Iced coffee with almond milk. After this I took my friend’s yoga class, a led half-primary (Ashtanga).

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I came home, showered, and headed out to teach my first yoga class of the day. On my way I ate a delicious starfruit from my dad’s colleague’s yard (#HawaiiPerks).

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After that class, I snacked on two cute clementines.

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Then I got to work, and for lunch I had a Fage Greek Yogurt…

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And a small pack of Maui Onion macadamia nuts.

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I don’t know what compelled me to have a sweet tooth, but I had a nibble of this stevia Gingerbread chocolate, leftover from the holidays. Yuck. I only had a little, since it wasn’t that appealing. 

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After teaching another yoga class, and staying to take a restorative/yin class afterwards, I got home and made my weird dinner plate: Babybel Lite Cheese, hummus, local cucumber. This was actually really delicious (and savory! at last).

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Apparently tons of fruit and the earlier chocolate weren’t enough to satisfy my incessant sweet tooth, which I should really just go ahead and rename my Chocolate Tooth. So, I had a couple chocolate chips to end the evening.

What did you eat today? Do you ever try to eat clean but end up eating really weirdly all day?


What I Ate Wednesday #1

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Since we’re sort of starting over on ValerieBrett.com after eyechow, I decided to start numbering my WIAW posts, rather than labeling where I was that day (let’s be honest: I’m probably at home in Honolulu).

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A couple weeks ago now, in January, I tried out this CocoMama quinoa cereal that was one of my Christmas stocking stuffers!

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It didn’t look pretty since I ate it straight from the pan, but it was quick and easy to make. I mixed in Sun Potion’s Prash (a mixture of ghee, honey and healing herbs) and local bee pollen. I probably wouldn’t have chosen the fruity flavor for myself, but it wasn’t bad. WIAWMy first snack was an apple banana with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookie Butter (omg!) – a combination I highly recommend. 
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I found a huge, glass cup with a lid for $6 at Williams Sonoma recently and I love filling it with coffee or chai and almond milk, on the go. This is what my car looks like most days as I run between jobs and teaching yoga: books everywhere, big coffee, cute lunchbox.

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I’m a big snacker. My next one was this adorable little local tangerine. Yum!

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As a midday pick-me-up, I had a Peppermint Bark tea, leftover from a box my friend sent me over the holidays 🙂 FullSizeRender_2

It didn’t quite satisfy the sugar chocolate craving I had, though, so I had to have some dark chocolate. FullSizeRender_3

Next I worked my second job, then headed to teach my late Wednesday yoga class. On the way, I snacked on an apple sauce and Maui onion macadamia nuts.
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I taught my power yoga class, and we had live music! If that’s something you’re interested in, follow me on Instagram, which is where I announce my special events. 

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After class, my boyfriend made a simple sauce for butternut squash ravioli: olive oil, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes.

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For dessert, I dug into another one of my Christmas gifts: organic candy drops.FullSizeRender_2

These are perfect because they come in awesome tropical flavors, and are really small and sweet, meaning you can satisfy your sweet tooth with just one.

 

What did you eat today?

What I Ate Wednesday, Honolulu

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Wow, I ate a lot on Monday!

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I woke up feeling sick (running nose & sore throat), so I drank a few drops of essential oils (I will write about this cold-fighting combo later this week). I headed out to a super-early C2 yoga class at Core Power Yoga.

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I was STARVING when I got back! I made 3 eggs, scrambled, for breakfast, with ketchup and mayo, a small piece of toast and iced coffee with chocolate soy milk. Yum!

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Then I got ready for work, and somehow, I was still hungry, so I had part of an almond bar someone brought us from Trader Joe’s. These are really good, I like them as an alternative to individually-packaged bars. It has the texture of a soft cookie, but is slightly less sweet.

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Then I went to work and by the way: we are having an anniversary party this weekend! If you’re in Honolulu please stop by 🙂

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There was leftover Halloween candy at work, so I had to have a mini-pack of M&M’s.

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I got out at about 2:30 and ate a hurried lunch in the car on my way to my other job: vegan enchiladas that Kiyo made, with a side of guacamole I bought from the burrito place nearby. Kiyo made the enchiladas with black beans and squash, from a recipe in the awesome Thug Kitchen Cookbook, which I am working on the review for! He did add cheese, making it not-vegan.

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After job #2, I ate a starfruit on the way to teach yoga.

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Sunset yoga was gorgeous; even though the class was really small that day it was still lovely. 

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Finally, I got home around 7:30. Luckily, Kiyo heated up leftovers from Sunday night dinner and had them ready: roasted grape tomatoes (I made these with just olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt & pepper & spices) and pumpkin mac & cheese!!!

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We almost never have dairy milk in the house, but we did from the mac & cheese, so I had a small glass of milk for dessert with Trader Joe’s pumpkin Oreo’s that my friend Jenna sent us (there’s no Trader Joe’s in Hawaii, unfortunately). These are SO GOOD! And only 150 calories for 2, which is great.

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Review: GH Cretors Organic Popcorn

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Unfortunately, I didn’t take too many photos of GH Cretor’s Organic Popcorn (mainly because I was too busy shoveling it into my mouth). This, from the website, sums up this brand’s philosophy: “Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives just get in the way of the wonderful flavors of freshly popped popcorn.” AMEN! Honestly, I couldn’t quite tell the difference between the two flavors (simply salted and extra virgin olive oil) but both were fantastic. Kiyo and I are popcorn lovers and snobs, and we both thought this product tasted exactly like the organic popcorn we usually pop fresh at home. It’s simple but perfect; not dried out or stale at all, and satisfying salty without being overdone. Buying a big bag is so much faster and easier than popping it yourself (it’s not warm like fresh popcorn, which is the only drawback). I would highly recommend this for an anytime snack or treat. Just be careful because you will want to eat the whole bag! Oh and did I mention these products are organic, kosher, non-GMO and gluten-free? It doesn’t get any better!

What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

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Happy WIAW! Here’s what my Monday looked like this week.

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I had to take my breakfast to go – a homemade smoothie made with coconut water, POG (passion orange guava juice; just a splash, for sweetness), fresh mango, frozen chard, spirulina, baobab, half a lemon, chia seeds, and flax-seed oil. I’m working on a review of Kaibae Pure Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, and I like it a lot so far in my morning smoothies! I also took my coffee (with almond milk) with me to go in the car, since I was running late to work.

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About two hours later, I got peckish and had a Babybel Light cheese. This is when I noticed that the pictures were coming out blurry, so I turned my phone around to wipe off the camera, and noticed… it’s broken! 🙁 I dropped my phone this weekend and I guess the camera completely smashed. So sad! I will need to figure out what to do because I am leaving for a trip to the East Coast at the end of the month, and I will definitely need my phone camera working!

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Lunch was a big, satisfying salad: organic mixed greens, grape tomatoes, half an avocado, salami slices, Parmesan cheese, and Love [pickled] Beets. I made an easy dressing out of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Himalayan sea salt, black pepper and Penzey’s Fox Point seasoning. So simple, but so good.

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What I Ate Wednesday: Skin Detox {Part II}

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Since I just posted my review of the book 28 Days to Younger Skin, I figured today would be a great day to share the full final day of the 3-day skin detox (alkalizing cleanse).

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I began with coffee. This actually isn’t prohibited in the book, even though coffee can be acidic. I had it with cinnamon and homemade almond milk.

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Next up: alkalizing green juice, mixed with flax-seed oil.

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Next up: more juice. This time, with ginger, purple and orange carrots, red apples, lemon.

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