Do you believe in coincidences?

Tomorrow is the blog’s second birthday and Manitoba Harvest is celebrating their 20th birthday. Not to mention it’s my dad’s 65th birthday today.

A coincidence is defined as “a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without an apparent causal connection.” 

I don’t believe in coincidences because of the second half of the definition. I don’t believe things happen without connection or reason but rather in alignment, with intention and purpose. It makes complete sense that I have a connection with the producer of my favourite food (nutritionally dense and hypoallergenic hemp hearts!) and that this connection is rooted in birthdays – an occasion I believe should be celebrated more deeply. To me, a coincidence is the universe merely shaking sprinkles on this earth that land at random. That may be how you see the world but I feel there is more.

Speaking of sprinkles – this post is all about birthdays so let’s have sprinkles for breakfast.

You’ve likely written off sprinkles for breakfast because of their sugar content or maybe the sugary desserts they top but the problem with sprinkles lies in their colours. Artificial colours run rampant in everything from sprinkles and desserts to breakfast cereals. But why are they a problem?

Colours like Red Dye 40 and Yellows Dyes 5 & 6 (the most commonly used colours) are petroleum-based dyes that frequently trigger allergic reactions, aggravate behavioural issues such as ADHD and even worse contain known human carcinogens. Um, happy birthday…? Luckily we are seeing major players such as Kraft and General Mills remove some artificial colours from their products but it is still up to you to read ingredient lists for the food you eat.

Some companies such as Color Kitchen Foods and Edward and Sons (Let’s Do…) have created sprinkles made with natural colours. Mother Nature is so cool and she has provided us with a ton of natural colours that are finally getting their time in the limelight thanks to wellness AND unicorns trending on Instagram.

Celebrate this blog and Manitoba Harvest by enjoying these completely natural and nutritionally balanced overnight oats for breakfast tomorrow!



Birthday Cake Overnight Oats
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 2/3 cup gluten-free large flake oats
  2. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. 3 tbsp Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
  5. 1 tsp ghee (noisette) or 1 tsp coconut oil butter flavour
  6. 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  7. 1 medjool date or 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  8. pinch pink salt
  1. Blend together all ingredients except for the oats in a blender
  2. Stir this blend and oats together
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or for 3+ hours)
  4. Top with 1 tbsp sprinkles and more hemp hearts before eating
Jessica Stopard

Links to the brands I suggest in this recipe:
Only Oats gluten-free oats
Cha’s Organics coconut milk
Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
Lee’s Ghee noisette or Nutiva coconut oil butter flavour
Simply Organic pure vanilla extract
Canadian Heritage maple syrup
Sundhed pink salt


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