The most important (exciting) meal of the day

People always say ”breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, well, to me all of my meals are important, but breakfast is the most exciting one.
You know when you wake up after a really good nights sleep and you are really excited about breakfast – or, for me at least, excited even the night before!

A lot of people eat the same breakfast for years and years, because they don’t know what else to eat.
Yesterday I heard about a woman that has been eating smoothies for breakfast for 30 years, and that’s fine, as long as you alter what’s in them. – You know, variety to get all the beautiful little nutrients that your body needs.
I didn’t use to be a smoothie girl, but recently I’ve started to have this loving relationship with them. You can put anything in there and it’s easy and taste amaaazing (most of the time, if you know what you’re doing. Which I do not, but sometimes I will succeed and kick ass at the same time).

But some mornings I just want something else to fill me up and get me ready for the day.
Here is an easy and not too time consuming recipe that you might want to try out before you eat that yogurt with added sugar, which, to be honest, you eat more frequently then you’d like to admit. And no shame in that, that used to be me.

Chocolate protein overnight-oats:
1/2 cup of oats (or buckwheat, for those who’s got a stomach that can’t handle oats)
1 tsp flax seeds
1 tsp raw cacao (the amazing stuff)
1/2 scoop of protein powder (I use pea protein because that suits well with my stomach, but try whatever feels best for you)
1 cup of whatever milk you’d like: Coconut, almond, oats, cow’s, rice. (might need more to make it as moshie (Warning! Made up word here) as you want it to be)
Leave in a bowl/container overnight.

Flax seeds – They are the bomb! They are a rich source of Omega-3, which is great to know if you don’t eat fish. It is also a rich source of phytochemicals (also known as phytonutrients), especially lignans. This mean that it acts as an antioxidant and may prevent the spread of some cancers and also assist in lowering blood pressure, among other amazing stuff phytonutrients do.
Flax seeds are also high in fibre – and I eat them either soaked over night or grounded so they do their best work in the stomach (other wise they will possibly come out whole on the other end!).

Toppings of your choice:
– Honey
– Granola
– Fruit
– Berries
– Nut butters
– Coconut
– Cinnamon

I usually do different types of fruit or berries, maybe a little peanut butter, some seeds or nuts that I prefer.
In the picture I have used mango (because they have it in Sweden too!!!), chia seeds and hemp seeds (great source of protein).

 

Until next time,
Penny

Cacao and coconut granola

Variety is key to get a wide range of all the nutrients that your body needs – and also cause eating the same food over and over again is boring.
So last weekend I decided to create something new that I can have for breakfast.
I usually just look at different types of recipes online and use the part of them that I like and put them together.
So the other day I made a cacao and coconut granola that turned out to be superb:

  • Rolled oates
  • Coconut flakes
  • Shredded coconut
  • Raw cacao
  • Cacao nibs
  • Hazelnut meal
  • Walnuts / peanuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • 1 dl Coconut oil
  • A dash of vanilla
  • Salt

I mixed all of the dry ingredients, melted the coconut oil with the vanilla and poured over the mix – mix again.
In the oven for 45 minutes on 120 degrees.
An easy recipe, but oh so good!

All of these ingredients are bought from my friend Jenna at The Source Bulk Foods in Maroochydore, go visit her and say hi!