Hello loves!

First I have to acknowledge…

I am 30!

Ahh! Today is my 30th birthday and I seriously can’t believe it.

Not that age or the number really bother me, but I just do not feel 30, can’t believe it snuck up on me so quickly and…yea ok. I can’t believe I am 30.

Goodbye 20’s.

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So this picture isn’t from my actual birthday dinner (considering it hasn’t happened yet) but funny enough, we are going to this exact sushi restaurant so I thought it seemed a bit fitting. Every year Matt asks me if I want to go somewhere new and fancy for my birthday, but honestly, sushi is always what I want. I think for the past 3 years we both have chosen sushi as our birthday dinners. It’s just so good!

If ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

But back to the title.

Playing with Christmas gifts.

I know Christmas isn’t only about gifts, but the truth of the matter is, it happens regardless.

As I mentioned in my Christmas re-cap I got really spoiled this year.

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I was one happy foodie. I could not wait to play with my new gadgets.

And I didn’t. The next morning guess what was on the menu for breakfast.

Waffles!

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I posted this on Instagram asking for waffle recipe ideas. I knew that I was wanting to make a protein waffle since I work out first thing in the morning and my breakfast typically doubles as my recovery meal.

After getting multiple suggestions and links, browsing Pinterest for ideas and looking at enough waffle pictures to make my mouth water, I actually chose a very basic one to start with that I have seen Jazzy post multiple times. It’s a simple 3 ingredient waffle.

And let me tell you. After making my first waffle. I.am.obsessed.

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Basic Protein Waffle

Ingredients

– 1/2 cup oat flour (rolled oats ground into flour)

– 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals Vanilla Blast Pea Protein)

– 4-7 drops liquid vanilla stevia

– 1/4 cup almond milk*

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Directions

– Ground rolled oats into flour

– Mix in protein powder

– Add almond milk slowly until desired consistency (batter should be thick)

* May be more or less. I had to add more almond milk due to the fact that I used a vegan protein powder which made my batter thicker. Just add milk slowly until your batter is desired consistency.

– Spread batter in heated waffle iron and cook until brown and crispy

– Add desired toppings

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These waffles were so fluffy!

I topped mine with Click mocha protein frosting which got all melty on my fresh waffle.

So good.

I can not wait to experiment with different protein flavors and add ins.

The possibilities are endless.

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And what goes great with waffles?

Fresh Juice

Next gadget to get broken in was my new juicer.

I went to the store to stock up on juicing goodies and I guess it was pretty obvious what I was using my haul for because my cashier asked me if I got a juicer for Christmas.

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Yup. I stocked up.

In the cart was spinach, kale, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, apples, pears, kiwi, lemon, lime, oranges, and pineapple.

Later that night it was time for juicing!

Matt and I may or may not have had a bit too much fun shoving all the fruits and veggies in the juicer.

Dancing may also have happened…

…With a few made up songs.

We’re silly. We know it. We love it.

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My first juice, even though not pretty all mixed up, was so fresh and delicious. Another thing I think I am already addicted too.

I made it with kale, cucumber, carrot, pear and lemon.

Seriously. So fresh. Love.

This is another thing I can not wait to experiment more with.

Again, possibilities are endless.

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Well loves, I am off begin my journey as a 30 year old. My 30’s will at least be filled with delicious waffles and juice. I do have that to look forward too.

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I’ve been told 30 is the new 25, what do you think?

Have you played around with your Christmas gifts yet?