Every special occasion deserves a special breakfast. That special meal to start the day that acknowledges that this day is different than the rest. That on this day we don’t have to get up early and rush out the door, contend with difficult people or spend it doing things we don’t really feel like doing at the time. On this day, we don’t have to be at a job or doing work or commuting to a job that doesn’t really make us happy or fulfilled and that on this day, this one day, we get to be a little more relaxed, a little more free, a little more fluid in our time and how we spend it.
And maybe your breakfast of choice to start this day is luxurious, delicious bread, slathered in different jams and spreads, nut butters and toppings. Maybe it is something akin to fancy avocado toast, topped with your favourite sauce and heaps of perfectly ripe avocado.
Or maybe you’re like me, and tend to gravitate towards the more comforting breakfasts when it comes to special occasions. Things like steaming bowls of oatmeal topped with heaps of fruit and homemade granola; or the ever satisfying smoothie bowl, packed with superfoods and goodness, topped with all the beautiful fruit and colours and deliciously refreshing.
Or maybe, along those same lines of comfort food, you dig out the waffle iron, dust it off from when you used it for the last special occasion breakfast, and get yourself hands deep into some waffle batter.
I bought a waffle iron here in Australia just a couple of weeks ago. If you remember from posts before, we had the cutest one in Canada, which my mom lent us and I used to make waffles for the boy nearly every weekend.
With being super busy here in Aussie and working on different work schedules, our days to have breakfast together have been pretty fleeting. But a couple of weekends ago, when we got a rare Sunday morning together, I finished my long run, hopped in the car and knew right where I needed to go.
And now, on this special occasion weekend, we’ll bring out the waffle maker again. And this time, we’ll make these delicious Christmas spice waffles, that are kind of reminiscent of gingerbread, kind of like a sweet cinnamon sugar treat, and kind of just a whole lot of comfort food in one go.
The difference with these waffles though, is that they are made using Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts and Hemp oil (yes, I brought some with me, because hemp hearts are notoriously hard to find here!). They have the benefit of offering an extra dose of protein and healthy fats, a boost of fiber and a dose of your daily essential fatty acids. They help fill you up and keep you satisfied, and with all that Christmas morning present opening and family time you need to face, the last thing you need is to be too hungry!
The best part though, is that Hemp Hearts offer a bit of a nutty flavour and a slight texture to the waffles that makes them just every more satisfying and worthy of a special breakfast on a special day. And of course, ever more enjoyable knowing that after this delightful breakfast, you don’t really have to do anything at all . . .
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