Labor Day Breakfast

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Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching and while we are all trying to get through the busy week; I know we're all looking forward to a relaxing weekend with breakfast in bed. So, let's send summer out in style with this delicious buckwheat and blueberry pancake breakfast recipe created by  Tina Fanilli Moraccini, Valentina and Mimi Moraccini "Piccolo Chef" in Los Angeles.

Tina and her daughters began creating delicious healthy recipes for their Piccolo Chef foundation which focuses on healthy cooking with kids. And due to their creative recipes and unique cooking styles they have join forces with the Got Milk? campaign to inspire healthy meals for younger generations, the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), has launched a new statewide program that features recipes created by and for kids.

Although we don't have children yet, exposure to cooking at home has inspired my husband and I to cook more often at home versus eating out to restaurants, plus the kid friendly creations prepared by the Jr. Got Milk? chefs are packed with fresh fruits, vegetable and smart ingredients swaps (e.g. buckwheat instead of traditional flour).

Buckwheat and Blueberry pancake breakfast

Makes 3-4 pancakes
½ cup buckwheat flour (substituted for Organic Wheat flour)
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsps. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
2 tsps. of melted butter
1 large egg
½ cup fresh blueberries
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
2 tbsp. chia seeds (I did not include in my recipe)
1 tsp. oil (for cooking pancakes)

First: Whisk dry ingredients in a small mixing bowl: flour, sugar, baking powder

Getting Back to Running

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It's been a good minute since I've ran and it only takes me back
to my competitive days in Track and Field and X-Country.  
Lately, I been getting back into running thanks to a my good friend Kellee
who's been on a journey of getting healthy and fit.

Seeing her dedication motivated me to get back into running and
it's been a good couple of years since I've done this exercise
so I knew right away to have a steady pace.

Since, I am a petite girl, I told myself I was done with running and decided to just
stick with weight training, but after joining Kellee on runs;
I've realized how much I missed the sport and how horrible my breathing pattern is
but nevertheless it's time to get back at it.

So ladies, to keep yourself cool during your run I recommend wearing
light cool sport clothing, running shoes and hair accessories.