Breakfast Ideas - August 2013

I love breakfast more than most things that occur in my days. I go to bed earlier than I plan on some nights just so that breakfast will come quicker. Seriously. That happens. How can some people not like breakfast?! That is one thing in life that I might not ever understand. I decided that I'd share with you some of the best (well most photogenic) breakfasts (all vegan and gluten free!!) from this past month. I know there are still 2 days in August and they both have great potential for delicious breakfast's, but I'm excited for this post. So I didn't want to wait any longer :D

I'll give you a fair warning, you'll be seeing more oatmeal than anything. But hey, quick, easy, and it's my favorite so what else would you expect?!

Okay, here we go.


Smoothies are great for August for so many reasons. What is better than waking up during the dog days of summer, throwing a bunch of yummy fruits and veggies into the blender, and starting your day off chilled off and full of energy? Not much, I can tell you that.

Pictured above is a Mango Blueberry Smoothie. You can find the recipe here.

And of course when it's really scorching out and you feel like you're in Jamaica but you look out the window to green grass instead of sandy beaches, you can always make the best of that situation! Which is why I say, "The best smoothies are served in a fresh pineapple."

And I only speak the truth ;)


Watermelon Pineapple Smoothie

1 cup watermelon
1 cup pineapple
1/2 cup almond milk
2 cups ice
1 empty pineapple

Blend together all ingredients except the empty pineapple, of course. Pour into pineapple. Stick one of those little umbrellas into your drink (optional) Enjoy!!


Pancakes are great. I enjoy them on special occasions or weekends when I don't feel rushed making them. I like to give them the love they deserve :)

My pancakes are gluten free, vegan, and delicious. Sadly, I won't be sharing the recipe at this moment. Someday though, someday!

But I'll share with you the toppings I've included on both of the pictures above. Lets face it, that's the next best thing :)

Pancake Topping Ideas

First picture: Pineapple, agave, peanut butter, crushed almonds, and fresh pomegranate.

Second picture: Agave, peanut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, blueberries, pomegranate, grapes, pineapple, and watermelon.

The topping ideas are truly endless. You can add anything you see in your fridge to your pancakes and they will be nutritious and delicious! (Even if they're not that nutritious, hello chocolate, as long as they're delicious; that's what counts on pancake day.)


Ah, the beloved oatmeal. The breakfast of all breakfast's. The versatile and beneficial food to start off your morning.


I use Bob's Gluten Free Oats

There's not really a recipe for my oatmeal. Just topping ideas cause anyone and everyone is able to make a bowl of the beloved breakfast food.

Morning Favorite Oatmeal


Agave, chia seeds, crushed almonds, blueberries, dried pineapple, ground flax.

Summer Sunrise Oatmeal

Homemade granola, dried apricots, fresh strawberries, and peanut butter.

Fig Frenzy Oatmeal

Fresh figs, chia seeds, ground flax, peanuts, and peanut butter.

This was my first breakfast with figs. Very exciting thing for me!

Morning Favorite Oatmeal Part 2

Pineapple, crushed almonds, blueberries, buckwheat groats, chia seeds, peanut butter. These are my favorite toppings and you'll see a lot of them!

Pre-Fall Oatmeal

Apples, almonds, peanuts, and cinnamon.

I made this on the first day of school. I'm not in school, obviously, but I associate school with the start of fall and this is the result!

These are just some of the yummy breakfast's that I've had over this past month. I love sharing photos with you guys, but I don't want to bore you with single posts of "oatmeal toppings from today" or "this is what I put on my pancakes this week." Maybe I'll start making this a monthly thing? We'll see what September brings!

Fresh Figs!

I live in a small town with very limited access to any fruits and veggies. It's such a shame. The nearest farmers market is about 40 minutes away! So anytime that I get to Pittsburgh I'm always stopping by the Market District and Whole Foods to stock up. A lot of people I follow on Tumblr and Instagram rave about fresh figs. Obviously I've been wanting to trythem. They must be good if so many people are talking about them, right?! Well I knew that I wouldn't be able to find any near my house but I looked anyways. No luck. I was in Pittsburgh recently and searched and searched for fresh figs. I couldn't find them!My sister was getting annoyed that we were stopping at so many different grocery stores. Oops. :)

I was walking around in Asheville and came across this little fruit stand. I wasn't really expecting to see anything special, but I wanted to get some fruit for dinner that night. That's when it happened; fresh figs. I actually made a scene. These two ladies stopped and lookedat me like I was crazy. I didn't care. I was just so excited. I immediately picked some up and saw that they had Kombucha as well. You know I had to grab one for the trip back to our cabin.

I patiently waited the two hour car ride we had back to our cabin with my figs in hand. As soon as we got back I washed one and cut into it. I love the color and detail of the inside of a fig. Call me crazy, but I was fascinated! It tasted just as good as it looked. I ate one right then by itself but forced myself to save the rest for oatmeal the next morning.

Oatmeal, ground flaxseed, chia seeds, crushed almonds, agave, peanut butter, and figs. Talk about heaven. Putting figs in your oatmeal is the best way to start off your day. It instantly brightened up my day and gave me tons of energy to make the most out of my day!

And of course I had to include a photo of me being happy holding my figs and kombucha in Asheville.

This isn't a typical post, but I just had to share my love for fresh figs. Go out and buy some! I'm just here to spread the word about how delicious these delicate little fruit is :)

Thanks for reading!