I finally got a waffle iron to provide a little change up from my regular protein pancakes. Although is has been “interesting” to say the least, I have finally come up with the perfect batter technique. This cinnamon spice batter is perfect for chilly fall mornings or even lunch, snack & dinner.
I blended all my dry ingredients together: 1/2 cup of oats with 1 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of All Spice, 1 tbsp of coconut palm sugar and 1 tsp of Stevia powder and 1/2 a scoop of protein powder (I use plain, but if you chose to use a sweetened powder make sure to add lea stevia/sugar)
After the dry ingredients I added half of 1 egg (including the yolk) and a little pure vanilla extract. This morning I had to add water to my batter because I didn’t have any coconut milk left! But you can substitute whatever liquid you prefer. I added just enough water so my batter wasn’t too thin or thick.
These waffles turned out perfect, the cinnamon/spice flavour with the sweetness was so delicious.
Each season in the year is extremely important, beautiful and amazing in it’s own way but my heart has always been with Autumn. Fall or Autumn, whatever you like to call it is most definitely my favourite season of the year. After adjusting to this new school semester I am ready to fully “fall” into Autumn and enjoy every moment. Reading this article on MindBodyGreen really helped me decipher why I am so in love with this season.
Though it is most often associated with death – the trees are shedding it’s leaves -we are losing minutes of sunlight everyday and the temperature is dropping, somehow Autumn makes us feel so good. Whether it is the clothes we are bundling up in or the delicious comfort foods we are enjoying there is something very cozy, restful and warm-spirited about fall. Here are some of my favourite things I associate with Autumn and why you should enjoy them as well.
1) Chai Tea. I don’t drink this tea at any time of the year other than Fall/Winter. The warm, spicy taste brings me peace of mind and tastes amazing, whether it is plain or made into a latte. Ingredients such as black tea, cinnamon, cardamom, clove and ginger. These are great for digestion, filled with antioxidants not to mention the other billion benefits of cinnamon. Right now my favourite Chai would have to be the Organic Tazo Chai Tea.
2) Apples, Pears and the other many in-season produce. Autumn is the time of year when apples are in full abundance. Pears, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Squash. Some of the best seasonal dishes are made in Autumn, like apple pie.
3) Knitting. As the nights are getting longer I am absolutely not ashamed to come home from a long day of books, put my sweatpants on and knit. This is my time to relax, and maybe even make something. Knitting is my moment of peace and creativity. (Occasionally frustration) Not only do I love to knit but wearing knits in general, Autumn is all about bundling up in scarves, long socks, toques and comfy sweaters.
- Celebrate Autumn! (keepingupwithcarole.wordpress.com)
- First Day Of Fall 2013: The Autumnal Equinox Is Here (huffingtonpost.com)
- Autumn Inspired Place Settings You Can Make Yourself (lavenderandlaceweddings.co.uk)
Nature is all around us. The air, the earth, the sea and the creatures that depend on it all. There are so many beautiful reasons for us to connect with nature. Nature is so complete in it’s function. Nature, naturally fulfills us; fresh air to breath, water to drink, warmth of the sun, cool breeze from the wind. If the great outdoors is so excellent, why do we find ourselves so disconnected from it on a regular basis?
Our lives are so bombarded by unnatural chaos and technology that we forget to literally stop and smell the roses. As I was driving down the Coquihalla Highway in British Columbia, surrounded by towering mountains which were covered top to bottom in majestic evergreen trees, I stopped to take in the fresh air and immediately felt the difference between this and the toxin-filled, suburban air at home. Being stuck indoors all day cannot be good for your health. Taking the time to enjoy the outdoors is extremely beneficial for yourself and the planet.
Nature can help de-stress you
In our everyday busy lives, it is completely normal to feel stress, however too much of stress can lead to so many everyday illnesses. Taking a little time out of your day to focus on nature can help that unsettled part of your brain find rest. Taking time to breath in fresh oxygen can help lower anxiety and help refresh yourself and help you regain energy.
Finding love for nature will help you protect it
It is no secret that the urbanization of our planet is only slowly killing it. Spending a little extra time in nature can help you regain an appreciation for it’s function and beauty. This can lead to you making “greener”, more sustainable choices in your everyday life, whether that’s composting, using an energy efficient vehicle, using local produce or recycling.
So, how can we begin to reacquaint ourselves with nature?
Try going for a hike or walk in your local park.
Get an indoor plant for your house.
Practise your yoga or other exercises outside.
Grab a blanket, lie down and watch the clouds go by, or at night look at the stars.
Arrange for you and your friends to meet outside instead of a shopping mall.
Eat as natural and environmentally responsible as you can.
Enjoy all seasons;
Be in awe, humble yourself, connect.
“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” The Tables Turned –William Wordsworth