BYOB

Bring your own breakfast!

We all have different morning habits, but one that I have stuck to since I was a kid is to have breakfast.

I encourage my clients to figure out a way to do so too because it helps you in so many ways; better concentration, feeling calm (instead of stressed), and it gives you more energy for a busy day. There is an ongoing conversation about weight-loss and breakfast. But how can you measure this? These studies are about calories but what about our habits?

Many skip breakfast because it does not seem important to them, but what I see all the time for my clients is that it helps regulate the eating habits throughout the day. Even at night! And not just that – keeping you more satiated from your food during the day when stress hits, might just keep you away from the cookie jar too!

When eating breakfast at home is a challenge, make it easy to take with you, instead of getting stuck on the street next to the bagels!

I do tend to suggest avoiding gluten and baked goods and go for complex carbs with some fat and protein from nuts and seeds to feel well nourished. And feeling nourished is what it is all about!

You can find a lot more about your habits and how to be nourished as well as many more recipes to help you get healthy in the online program.

Try these different recipes out. The peach porridge is lighter, the quinoa one is high in protein, and the oats are denser, if you’re looking for something substantial.

Peach Porridge

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 cup peaches
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup oat-milk (soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk work, as well)

When you cannot get peaches, just pick another fruit that you like. For the fall, apples and pears are great.

Method

Blend all the ingredients except for the chia seeds. Add the chia seeds and then pour into a glass jar. Leave the jar in the fridge overnight, and it is ready to go in the morning. Add some buckwheat groats (gluten-free) for crunch or you can use nuts or granola.

Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup precooked quinoa
  • 1 prune, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped peaches or apple
  • 1/2 cup oat-milk (soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk work, as well)
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. hemp seeds
  • 4 pecans

Method

Blend the fruit, oat milk and nuts in a blender, add the precooked quinoa and chia seeds and pour it all in a glass jar. Leave it in fridge overnight and it’s ready to go in the morning. Add some buckwheat groats (gluten-free) for crunch or you can use nuts or granola.

Raw Oatmeal

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup oat-milk (you can choose a nut-milk or coconut milk as well)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional and to taste)
  • 4 pecans broken into small pieces (or other nuts to your liking)
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds

Method

Add all ingredients to a glass jar and put it in the fridge overnight. The raw oats will absorb the oat milk and flavors surrounding them! You can also just mix everything up in the morning before you leave the house and it will be ready to eat 30 minutes later!

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup of steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup of water
  • dash of sea-salt
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • chopped nuts, to taste

Method

Bring water, oatmeal and salt to a boil and then lower to a simmer for 15 min. Before it is completely finished (at around 20 min) pour it in your glass jar or thermos, add cinnamon and chopped nuts and leave it out (don’t put it in the fridge) to finish “cooking.”

Enjoy with a good cup of tea!

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