Once again the weather has scuppered my latest blog post. I’d just finished my ‘healthy and speedy ice tea’, perfect for the balmy summer days. Then it started to rain, and rain and rain some more.
Instead you’re going to get what I’m eating for breakfast at the moment on these cold rainy mornings. It’s perfect for when the weather is damp and you need something filling yet healthy and simple. I make porridge every morning as it’s my 3-year old’s staple breakfast, so it makes sense for me to have it as well.
It’s a great way of getting some healthy fats (almonds, coconut, chia seeds), good fibre (oats, berries, nuts and seeds) and seasonal antioxidants (blueberries) into your system first thing. You can even prep it the night before and heat it up in the morning, or keep it cold, depending on your preference and time scale.
- 1/3 cup of organic oats
- 1 cup water or milk of your choice (I prefer it quite liquid-y, use less if you like it stodgier)
- Sprinkling of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- Small handful of almonds (around 8)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut chips or desiccated coconut
- Handful of organic blueberries
- 1-2 teaspoons of maple syrup
- Measure out the oats and add to a small saucepan. Add the water and/or milk and the cinnamon. Heat on a low-medium heat with the lid on. Once it starts to gently bubble take the lid off and turn down the heat to a simmer and stir. Add more liquid if needed.
- Once cooked pour into a bowl and top with the chia seeds, almonds, coconut, blueberries and maple syrup.
- You probably already know about blueberries and their antioxidants. They’re one of the fruits highest in those health-giving phytonutrients. By protecting damage to cellular DNA they’re actions are far flung in our body, from helping cognitive function and memory and heart health. But it’s really important to go organic as they can also be one of the most heavily sprayed crops with a variety of pesticides. Antioxidant levels have also been shown to be higher in organic rather then non-organic ones.
- This is also a meal full of fibre, pretty much all the ingredients (apart from the maple syrup) contain it! This means feeling fuller longer, help in regulating digestion and improving bowel motion.
At least you can have a nice breakfast while watching the summer rain fall. I really do hope that I can post my ice tea recipe soon and we can all sit and drink it in the sunshine.