A week of Breakfasts – II (“lockdown” version)

Hi my dear ones,

I am quite excited to share another week of breakfasts with you as I haven’t written a food-related blog post in quite a long time.

I like having routines that make me feel good and eating breakfast in the morning is certainly one that I love having. The only day where I actually do not eat breakfast is on Sundays and that is simply because I allow myself to wake up when my body tells me to (i.e. no setting alarm) and because practicing yoga is the very first thing I do.

Because breakfast kicks-start my metabolism, I like to be as intentional as I can with it. It really makes a difference in my day and in how I feel when I make the deliberate effort to check in with myself in the morning and ask: “What does my body truly feels like eating?”. Sadly, this is something that is not always possible if I need to commute to work as I was doing before this “lockdown” period. I live in Amsterdam, which is a 30-minute train journey away, and I always prefer to eat once I got to the office. As I am an early bird, I am one of the first ones arriving, which means that I can have a peaceful sit-down breakfast on my own.

Given the global pandemic situation I have now been working from home for just over three months and this really took my breakfasts to the next level! With my home office all set up, I no longer need to prepare my breakfasts in the night before. I get to wake up, do my morning pages, do 1 hour of work or do yoga and then go with the foods my body craves. This has not only resulted in being able to eat in a more intuitive and varied way but also in getting more creativity with my breakfasts! 🙂

I hope that by sharing this post, I can give you some inspiration to try something new and add variety to your morning breakfasts.

For the record, these meal ideas are not necessarily just for breakfast, you can also make them as a snack or even dessert. I know that eating breakfast is not for everybody and that is completely fine. You do you.

 

Monday

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A big cup of fennel tea to support my digestion and homemade heart-shaped chickpeas waffles topped with caramel syrup (0% fat and sugard version just to give them a caramel taste), cinnamon and almond butter.

 

Tuesday

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Gluten free oats soaked in unsweetneed soya yoghurt topped with high protein muesli, fresh strawberries and almond butter.

Wednesday

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Bowl of oat cheerios (less than 5% sugar edition from Nestle because I am really not a fan of sugar breakfast cereal)

Thursday

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Steamed japanese sweet potato topped with almond yoghurt from @Abbotkinney’s , stewed blueberries and raspberries, hemp seeds and almond butter.

Friday

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Stove top carrot cake oatmeal topped with a hint of vanilla aroma and topped with hemp seeds and almond butter.

Saturday

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Bowl of unsweetned yoghurt topped with stewed blueberries and raspberries, steamed orage sweet potato chunks, hemp seeds, high protein muesli and almond butter.

 

Yes, as you may have noticed, almond butter is my most recent food obsession! I know its been around for ages but I used to be very loyal to my dark tahini, ok? haha Anyways, I hope this post has inspired you to switch up your breakfast game or to just try some new snack/dessert ideas! 

Now, tell me, what have you been eating for breakfast lately? Do you eat breakfast regularly? Do you feel better when you do? Would you fancy any of these foods for breakfast/snack or dessert? 🙂 Drop your thoughts in the comments. Everyone is different, so I’d love to hear what you think.

Much love,

Blissfully Grateful

Cloud Cakes (Paris, France).

With my 26th birthday just around the corner, I found myself reminiscing about how my last birthday morning started last year. This post has been a long time coming but I wanted to share it with you regardless 🙂

My boyfriend and I travelled to Paris last September to not only celebrate our love but also my birthday (two great cheesy excuses to travel, right? haha)! Anyways, as the morning person who lives for breakfasts that I am, one of my birthday wishes was to start my day with a big and special one! That was exactly what happened and I loved every second (as well as every bite of it). I think that my boyfriend knows pretty well by now that all he needs to do to own my heart is to feed me a nice and yummy breakfast haha!

We went to Cloud Cakes, a dainty vegan bakery and coffee shop in the centre of Paris that I had looked up on Happy Cow* (see notes at the end of the post) prior to our trip. After reading the positive reviews, seeing some photos of the food and realising that they had VEGAN CROISSANTS, I knew for a fact that this was the place to go for my birthday breakfast! I am so glad we went there because it did not disappoint in the slightest!

If the menu looks very appealing, I can be someone pretty undecided when it comes to making my mind up about what to eat. For that reason, whenever I go to a food spot for breakfast/brunch, I usually like to order at least two items from the menu and share them. This way I get to experience a variety of tastes and trying something to eat that is “new” and/or “unknown” does not look like a major commitment!

Food

Whilst deciding on what to eat, we ordered two soya cappuccinos. They were excellent and the fact that the latte art was on point immediately felt like a win. Anyways, after some considerable thought, we ordered the “sweet morning toast” with peanut butter and jam, the pancakes with whipped cream, fruits, sliced almonds and maple syrup (on a side) and of course…a croissant! I mean I just could not possibly go to Paris and not eat a freshly baked croissant, could I?

Even though the two pancakes came beautifully presented and tasted good, my boyfriend ended up by eating them because I they were a bit too sweet for my liking. I would also like them to be a little bit thicker but the texture really is down to personal preference.

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However, I did love the delicious combo of P&J on toast. The two toasts came with poppy seeds and fresh blueberries on top which I dount to be a real great twist. I was also quite impressed with how crazy-good the vegan croissant was! Totally on point (taste- and texture-wise)!! It totally exceeded my expectations so you can trust me when I say that these vegan croissants are an absolutely must. I though I’d never find one of those!

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“When you feed yourself what your body needs when it needs it, that’s love”.

The cafe also outlets a good variety of vegan cakes and cupcakes and it has you covered whether you want to go for something decadent or healthy! We will certainly have to come back to try them.

Staff, service and overall atmosphere

Even though the place was not full at all, we had to wait quite a bit to be served but we did not mind too much because it just meant that the pancakes were freshly made! The server spoke English and was friendly enough. Nevertheless, we did not find her to be super accommodating. She did not come to check on us once we were served nor did she ask how did we like the food when we paid for it. It is not something outrageous but, as I have mentioned in some other posts, a café/restaurant always scores extra for me when the service is excellent and the staff friendly and attentive.

When it comes to the cafe’s overall atmosphere and space, I loved how cozy and pretty it was. The attention to detail was pretty visible. However, I would advise to go in early-ish for breakfast because it is also small and it does not have plenty of seating. I think we were quite lucky with the time and day we went there (Thursday at 10am) because there were only 4 other customers in the cafe. Thus, just bear in mind that if you go later (and especially in the weekend) in the morning/day you may not get a seat.

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This 10 am breakfast was the proper fuel we needed to face the full day of exploration ahead. It was so filling that, believe it or not, I could not literally eat anything else until dinner time! Now just to wrap up my final thoughts and to hopefully convince you to come to this vegan cafe:

  • The menu has a really great and tempting variety of sweet and savoury options. Because everything is plant-based there is no need to worry with the ingredients that they contain 😉
  • The café’s atmosphere is really inviting and the entire place looks cozy and adorable
  • The location is in a central and lovely neighbourhood to roam around
  • 100% vegan food spots are not overly common in Paris and that is a reason in itself why Cloud Cakes is quite a gem!
Notes:
*Happy Cow is an online website and mobile app that serves as guide to vegetarian and vegan restaurants all across the world.

 

Much Love,

Blissfully Grateful