Friday Link Love: A little Fitness Love and Breaking the Fast!!!

Happy Friday all!
Boy has it been a busy week for me and once again, I apologize for the lack of blog posts. I have been pretty occupied with my new job and I am absolutely loving it! I am not the type of person who enjoys sitting in one place for too long, so my new job is perfect! As I announced in a previous post, I have become a proud employee of Lululemon Athletica. Now, you might just think that at first glance, Lululemon is an athletic clothing store, but really, it is SOOOO MUCH MORE than that. One of my favorite parts of the job so far is Lulu’s community interaction. Basically, us Lemons take on the role of participating in the athletic community and really connecting with our peeps, which include everyone from the general public, to personal trainers, yoga instructors, and fitness instructors. At each store, we also have these people whom we refer to as our “Ambassadors.” Here is my brief definition of a Lululemon ambassador: A local fitness guru that represents his/her athletic community through his/her inspiring resume. It’s simple, a Lululemon ambassador is basically your local fitness mama jama! Anyhoo, I have spent quite some time these past weeks getting to know the ambassadors for our store. I have to say, I have never been so inspired in my life, especially to try new things. I used to be uninterested in taking fitness classes, but after these past weeks I have a whole new respect for them. On Tuesday I took a class (along with my fellow Lemons) with Ambassador Shirley (she is featured in Austin Fit Magazine at one of Austin’s Top Ten Fittest People) called Triple X Training. Now, the name of the class normally would have intimidated me at first, but I am trying this “I can do anything attitude…don’t try and stop me,” so I walked into that class ready to get my fitness on! At first glance Shirley is a petite woman, who is probably 100% lean muscle mass. But don’t let her height fool you, she is a ball of fire, and in a good way! The class began with some heavy weight lifting with some butt-burning squats, then we switched to lighter weights, did some cardio drills, abs, and before I knew it the class was over! Whew! Let me tell you, I enjoyed getting my butt kicked by Shirley. Needless to say, I am still feeling a slight burn in my quads three days after the workout. Shirley inspired me that no matter your size or strength capability, its mind over matter and you have the power to push yourself to great lengths. I know that my upper body strength is gradually progressing, and I still have a long way to go, but Shirley inspires me to keep going and I told her that I would be frequenting her class often to get my butt kicked on a regular basis. Now that my fitness rant is over, we can move on to the good stuff, FOOD! For some reason, this week I have been craving breakfast food not only for breakfast, but for lunch, and dinner. My go to for breakfast meal usually comes in the form of some type of egg dish. However, lately I have been craving not only omelets, but pancakes, muffins, you name a breakfast food, and I have been dreaming about it. Unfortunately, with my busy schedule this week I haven’t had the chance to cook myself up a traditional homemade breakfast. On the bright side, I never go without breakfast and even when I am on the go (especially this week), I always make time to whip up something quick, which is usually fruit and yogurt, or a bowl of Special K and almond milk. So, to fill my void, I have decided to dedicate this Friday Link Love to anything and everything breakfast dishes. That being said, here are my top ten favorite breakfast links for this week. Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so eat up!


Top Ten Breakfast Links:
1. Breakfast Pizza by Smitten Kitchen: Are you kidding me? A breakfast pizza, isn’t that ironic seeing as I have eaten pizza for breakfast numerous times throughout my life. Think greasy, crisp bacon, eggs, mozzarella, Parmesan, and fresh herbs atop a homemade thin pizza crust. That is just the icing on the cake…or shall I say, pizza? Bring on some breakfast!
2. Baked oatmeal with fresh raspberries and pistachios by Joy the Baker: Think oatmeal taken to a whole notha’ level! Seriously, I cannot wait for fall weather where I can curl up on the couch for some Saturday morning Food Network and munch on a bowl of this warm, oatey, goodness! Brown sugar please!
3. Migas by Homesick Texan: This is a Texas breakfast staple and one of my absolute favorites. Not to mention, great “It was a fun, drunken night with friends and now all I can think about is eating a bowl of cheese to soak up my hangover” type dish. This dish definitely hits the spot. What is better than scrambled eggs, diced jalapeno peppers, salsa, tortilla strips, and melted cheddar cheese? Ole!
4. Cinnamon Rolls by The Pioneer Woman: The first time I came across this recipe, I just knew that Ree Drummond was a baking goddess. There is nothing that I love more than the sweet smell of cinnamon and sugar coming from the oven on a Sunday morning.
5. Carrot Cake Pancakes by Healthy Food for Living: Yea, I said it alright! You can only imagine what is going on inside my brain at this very moment…I have begun to come up with cake + pancake recipes. It’s feeling like a brilliant plan right now. Carrot Cake + Pancakes= GENIUS idea. Your kids wouldn’t even know that there are actually carrots in these pancakes, especially with the cream cheese glaze. Need I say more?
6. Berries N’ Cream Parfait with Homemade Coconut Yogurt (Gluten-Free/Dairy Free) by Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: Hold the phone, HOMEMADE coconut yogurt…are you kidding me? Sounds like a plan. I doubt you can tell this masterpiece is gluten-free. I am thinking this is the kind of breakfast I would have if I were on a retreat in paradise, somewhere on an island where I can get a hot cabana boy to bring this to me!
7. Homemade Pop-Tarts by Confections of a Foodie Bride: Sooo….I nearly lost my breath after seeing this recipe. My brain is spinning with memories of my on-the-way-to-school breakfast food. My fave pop-tarts as a child were and still are the brown-sugar cinnamon ones. I would pop those into the toaster until crispy on the outside, but gooey on the inside. Holy Moly I need to take a second and recollect my thoughts…standby.
8. Crispy Hash Browns by Simply Recipes: OMG! By far one of my favorite breakfast side dishes…the only place I will eat them is in Houston at Franks Grill, they come super duper crispy just the way I like em’ alongside a veggie omelet that is bigger than my head. Sometimes I eat them with a bit of Ketchup, shhhh…don’t tell anyone about my Americanized food confessions…any top chef would berate me right now.
9. Classic Buttermilk Biscuits by A Cozy Kitchen: My grandma makes the best…I love these babies with a bit of butter and some apple butter jam…absolutely sinful!
10. Glazed Doughnut Muffins by My Baking Addiction: All I have to say is, beware Krispy Kreme!


MANGIA!!!

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