I have fallen in love… With breakfast!
One of my clients shared her breakfast recipe with me and I just can’t believe how amazingly delicious and satisfying it is! The recipe I was given was quite summer themed so I’ve made some changes to it to include winter fruit and have also upped the protein and nutrient content.
I pretty much change this recipe every day depending on what I’ve got in the cupboard or what I remember to put in so don’t be scared to experiment.
Using oat bran (ground up oats) means that it cooks really quickly so you only need to set aside 5-10 minutes to make it and its quicker to eat than oatmeal and more filling. When I’ve had this for breakfast it keeps me going way past lunch time and its so good that I wake up craving it!
Want to know the health benefits of having this for breakfast?
Its full of fibre and great at keeping your bowels regular (a daily bowl of this should result in a daily bowel movement)
Oats are great at nourishing the nervous system to help you cope with stress and they also help to lower cholesterol absorption
Almond meal and almond butter along with the seeds provide protein to help balance blood sugar and keep you fuller longer
Flaxseeds are a great source of essential fatty acids, b vitamins, antioxidants, magnesium and manganese. They are also a source of lignans which are beneficial for fertility and menopause.
Chia seeds also contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants as well as calcium, vitamin c, iron and potassium. They are also a good detoxifier.
Pears are a delicious winter fruit and according to Traditional Chinese Medicine very important to include in your diet during the colder months. Kim from Kim Gatenby Acupuncture says “Pears are a great natural treatment for coughs during winter. They are a Yin tonic which is nourishing, especially for our delicate lungs. As a preventative, you can enjoy pears regularly throughout the cooler months, and as a treatment eat as many as you can tolerate to clear your cough!”
So I guess the real question is, why wouldn’t you eat this for breakfast?
Here’s the recipe
1 cup water
¼ cup oat bran
¼ cup almond meal
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
¼ cup sultanas/raisins/currants
5 freeze dried strawberries (or fresh in summer)
1 tablespoon flaxseed (linseed)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon almond butter
In a small saucepan bring the water with dried fruit and coconut to boil then turn heat down to a low simmer.
Add strawberries, oat bran and almond meal and stir
Grate one pear and add to the pan
Add flaxseeds and more water if needed
Just before serving stir through the chia seeds and almond butter
Serve with a little milk or yoghurt, a sprinkle of cinnamon and some fresh banana if desired.