Personally, I have never been a big breakfast person. But over the years due to some health issues and of course little ones that always need to eat, I am learning ways to enjoy some of the healthiest items without wishing myself back into a sugar loaded/no nutrient kind of breakfasts.
When I think of breakfast, I try to think of something quick and easy to whip up while still in a sleep comma. Yea….I am not a morning person at all.
So here we go with some of our favorites;
- Teff porridge; some of y’all maybe familiar with Teff or Teff flour in this case. I discovered this grain about 4 years ago when I was desperate to have some red grain millet; something I grew up eating for a hot cereal. To make the porridge, you need 1/2 a cup of Teff flour to 2 cups of water or preferred milk. Whisk and heat up for about 5 minutes. You can add any sweetener of choice and enjoy. This grain is rich in iron, complete protein, dietary fiber and more.
- Quinoa breakfast bowl; All you have to do is soak quinoa and rinse, then cook according to package instructions. Add to bowl with preferred sweetener and a little sprinkle of milled flax. Your belly will thank you for sure.
- Chia pudding; Easiest breakfast ever! 2 TBS chia seeds, 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk or whatever else you prefer. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or make it the night before. Add preferred fruit before eating. I like to add pumpkin seeds as well.
- Amaranth hot cereal bowl; this grain is super tiny and is treated the same way as quinoa. I grew up eating Amaranth greens without knowledge of this nutritious grain that can be harvested off the same plant.
- Oatmeal bowl; we love oatmeal. We usually do 1:2 ratio of oats to water also adding a pinch of sea salt, teaspoon of coconut oil, cranberries and pumpkin seeds. For a serving of 4, we do 5 cups of water to 2 1/2 cups oats.
- Applesauce bowl; Oh yea, this one is a bowl too. I hear bowls are trending. Hmmmm……well, why not? Let’s just pour out some applesauce in a bowl, add a table spoon of Chia seeds, a tablespoon of hulled hemp seeds, a teaspoon of cinnamon, a pinch of ginger and we are ready to be nourished.
- Smoothie bowl; I have to confess that my beloved groom and babies are not into these as much as I am. I like doing a green smoothie base topped with chia seeds, hulled hemp seeds and shredded coconut. It is absolutely amazing!
- Coconut yogurt parfait; this is something your 8 year old can assemble while you are still knocked out in bed. Fresh or frozen fruit will do as a topping. Granola to give it the perfect crunch is a must.
- Avocado and fresh tomato bowl; peel and dice an Avocado, toss in diced tomatoes, some cilantro, a little salt, lime juice and enjoy. If you want a little more, I would recommend a sprouted grain English muffin for easier and better digestion.
- Cold baked sweet potato with tahini; Please don’t laugh. This is a real breakfast idea. So the sweet potato and tahini goes way back to my grandma’s kitchen and I for one used to despise it until I started doing my own research on nutrition. This with a cup of hot tea or coffee will not disappoint.
The above suggestions are not a limit to how much more you can do with a nutritious breakfast. We all have different preferences and perhaps what works for us may not work for you. But I urge you to try out something new or maybe share with us your ideas of a clean and nutritious breakfast.
Again, do your own research to best understand what works for you.