Avocado & Salsa Omelette

Hello everyone, and happy “hump day”! I decided to kick off my morning with this delicious and colourful breakfast omelette. This recipe is dairy free, gluten free and acceptable to eat on the Paleo diet.

I am always experimenting with omelette recipes because sometimes I find that they can be quite bland, even with the added vegetables. After eating this breakfast, I can assure you that this omelette is far from bland, and the real star of the show is the avocado and salsa on top.

Ingredients:
2 Eggs
1/2 ripe Avocado
1 Tbsp Pico de Gallo/Salsa (I used Mad Mexican)
1 Garlic clove, minced
1 small Sweet Bell Pepper
1 handful Cherry Tomatoes
1/4 tsp Basil
1/4 tsp Onion powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Chop your Garlic, Bell Pepper, and Cherry Tomatoes.
2. Heat your frying pan on medium heat, spray with coconut oil. Add in veggies and cook for 3-4 minutes.
3. In a bowl, combine Eggs, Basil and Onion Powder and Salt and Pepper. Whisk together and pour into frying pan over veggies.
4. While Omelette is cooking, slice Avocado and set aside.
5. Cook your Omelette, and set on a plate. Add Avocado and 1 Tbsp Pico de Gallo/Salsa on the top.

*Tip: This is how I cook my Omelettes, this technique really works!!

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Green Power Breakfast


I originally made this in the summer after a very indulgent (oops) weekend. The weekend was filled with girls wine & cheese night, patio drinks and eating out so I definitely needed to reboot my system. 
This breakfast was packed with feel-good ingredients, antioxidants and vitamins. The best part about this recipe is that the warm baked avocado and egg is perfect year round, I know I will be making it as we transition into the colder weather here in Toronto.

I hope you enjoy!

Ingredients for Baked Egg & Avocado with Lemon Asparagus:
1 ripe Avocado
2 Organic Eggs
4 pieces of Asparagus
1 tsp Chives, chopped
1/2 Lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp Butter or Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Ingredients for Green Spa Smoothie:
1/4 cup Cucumber
1/2 cup Mint Leaves
1/4 cup Almond Milk
1/2 Lemon, juiced
Handful of ice cubes

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Cut Avocado in half and remove the seed. Scoop out a hole in each Avocado half and set aside to top your baked Avocado after.
3. Crack two eggs in each Avocado half. Season with Salt & Pepper. Place on baking sheet.
4. While waiting for the oven to preheat, prepare Asparagus by rinsing and chopping off the ends. Fill frying pan with water and boil Asparagus water over high heat.
5. Bake Avocado for 15-18 minutes, depending on how cooked you like your eggs.
6. While waiting for Egg & Avocado and Asparagus to cook, prepare your Spa Smoothie. Chop Cucumber and place inside blender. Add in Mint leaves, Almond Milk, Ice Cubes and Lemon juice. Blend until smooth.
7. Sprinkle Egg & Avocado with chives and let cool while you drain your Asparagus and season with Lemon & Butter/Olive Oil.

 

Let’s Talk About Skin Care

As I have left behind my teenaged years and entered into adulthood, I have found few things (beauty & health wise) that are more important than proper skincare. I have also found few things that are more annoying than acne and breakouts. Whether you dealt with the stereotypical version of acne in your teen years, or developed it a little bit later on, we can all agree that it can be a pain in the you know what. 

Enter, Adult Acne Rant:
*If you aren’t in the mood for a good old rant, kindly scroll to the bottom to view my skincare favourites*

Growing up, I never had to worry about acne or horrible breakouts, when I did get a pimple (because lets get real, who doesn’t?) it would only be the occasional one here and there. I had soft skin and an even skin-tone and had absolutely NO complaints. Fast-forward to my early 20’s, and my skin took a drastic change for the worst. I’m talking painful, annoying, and impossible to cover cystic adult acne. It was a big shock to me and made me super self-conscious, especially since I never had to deal with it in my teen years. Many people told me this was “hormonal” or “stress” acne, or in other words nothing-you-can-do-about-it acne..and that explanation wasn’t good enough for me.

For around a year and a half I tried everything to the moon and back for “blemished” or “acne” prone skin. From herbal remedies to expensive, chemical-laced products, and nothing was working. I had almost given up until I came across a Youtube video of skincare products and I found the best thing that has ever happened for my skin: The Simple Skincare Line

In sum, I discovered that all I needed to do was find simple (no pun intended) products that provided gentile ingredients for my skin and most of all, to be patient. My skin took a few weeks to adapt to these products listed below.

Without further ado, here is my current skincare routine, along with the products and some description about why they are so great:

Simple’s Cleansing Facial Wipes
What sets these apart from the other brands is that they are gentile and cater to sensitive skin (which does not mean you have to only have sensitive skin to use them) They are free of perfumes, chemicals and dyes that might harm your skin, and include ingredients that you can actually pronounce. It removes my makeup and gets the job done, all the while not irritating my skin. 

Simple’s Cleansing Micellar Water
I use this with an organic cotton pad after using the makeup wipes. Again, it is free of perfumes, chemicals and dyes. Some people might think this is excessive, but you wouldn’t believe what this stuff gets off of your face, even after you have used the makeup wipes AND washed your face. EXAMPLE:
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I know…I couldn’t believe it either. 

SpectroGel Blemish-Prone Skin Cleanser
Another sensitive skincare line, that is fragrance and dye free, uses non-irritating ingredients and restores the PH balance in your skin. I use this after the Micellar water, rinsing it off with my hands and not using a wash cloth (can hold a lot of germs).

Simples’ Soothing Facial Toner
Again, free of perfume, chemicals and dyes; it helps restore ph levels in your skin, and uses ingredients such as witch hazel, water and flower extract to calm and renew your skin. I use this after every time I wash my face.

Live Clean’s Fresh Face Smoothing Facial Scrub
Another great, natural skin care product. I use this 1-2 times a week to remove dry skin and promote skin renewal. It is made with plant-based ingredients, is naturally derived, hypoallergenic, chemical free, pure vegan, dye free etc. etc. etc. (basically everything good for you and amazing)

Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 5
For the really pesky breakouts that don’t seem to want to leave, I use this as a spot treatment. I use it typically for 2-3 nights after I remove my makeup and it works wonders. 

All in all, the purpose of this post is to hopefully help some of you out there who may be lost and confused in a world filled with millions of skincare products. The biggest thing to remember is that everyone’s skin is different, what works for me might not work for you…but I sure hope it does!

Leave a comment below if you have ever used Simple’s Skincare Line, what products you swear by and any questions you may have! I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Refreshing Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

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I was sitting in my house one chilly winter day and decided that I wanted a little bit of summer back in my life.  In my opinion, winter is fun for Christmas time, but after that it’s time for the warm weather! So I thought that despite the cold, I was going to bring a taste of refreshing summer into my breakfast routine (mind over matter right?!).

This recipe is highly versatile and can include your favourite mixes of toppings and fruit! It is a great way to add in fruits and superfoods into your diet without all the hassle. Although it is optional, I encourage you to add in a few tablespoons of your favourite nut butter or protein powder to add in a little bit of protein into the bowl.  I hear a lot of people talking about how fruits have too much sugar to be eaten in large amounts, or that you should avoid consuming them at breakfast time, but I don’t agree with this! Fruits are filled with natural sugar, and are packed with essential vitamins and antioxidants that help create a healthier you! The chia seeds and nuts add an extra dimension by adding some crunch and keeping you full until lunchtime!

I don’t have Smoothie Bowls that often, but when I do, I feel more energized and happier to start my day, especially when it’s early!

Ingredients: 
1 cup frozen berries (or Acai pack from your local health food store/Amazon)
1 ripe banana
1/4-1/2 cup of water (depending on your preferred thickness)
1 handful of your favourite fresh fruits
1 tbsp crushed nuts (I chose almonds) *optional 
1 tbsp chia seeds *optional
2 tbsp of nut butter or 1 scoop of protein powder *optional

Steps:
1. Blend frozen berries (or Acai pack), banana, nut butter/protein powder, and water together in a blender
2. Once blended, pour into a bowl and sprinkle (or create a cute design) with your chia seeds, nuts and fresh berries!

Enjoy!!

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Here you will find up to date advice, inspiration and reviews on all things beauty, fashion, health and life.  I am hoping that the content posted weekly will inspire you to try new things and guide you in finding your healthy balance in life.

Who Am I, might you ask?
In short, my name is Jenna and I am a Twenty-something, fashion loving, lipstick wearing, nutrition obsessed, aspiring marketing and events extraordinaire.

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Jenna xo