It's no secret that I like to indulge in sweet treats, but lately I have been trying to stay on a more healthy track and prioritize eating whole foods that are naturally good and delicious, and ideally save those sugary treats for special occasions. Even though it doesn't always happen, I always start my day with something filling, fruity and delicious. My mornings seem to rotate between variations of these three meals because really the possibilities are endless (they are also great for a power snack). Here are my three favourite morning meals that not only provide energy, but are just as wholesome and nutritious as they are sweet! Try them out!
Oatmeal Parfait: I usually have oats in the morning, which people think are boring and bland. But really I can never get sick of them thanks to all the yummy fruits, nuts and seeds! If I cannot decide between eating oatmeal and a parfait (big decision, I know!) I combine them to make a delicious layered concoction. My go-to is a raspberry oats bottom layer, followed by a layer of fruit, then a layer of greek yogurt, topped with an abundance of delicious additions! The parfait above is topped with spiced pumpkin quinoa granola, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and a sprinkle of coconut. You can customize the recipe below to your liking.
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup fruit
drizzle of agave necture
granola & toppings (hemp hearts, seeds, nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut, etc.)
1. Cook oats according to packaged instructions. I cook mine on the stove in 1 cup of water.
2. Using a fork mash up the oats with 6-8 raspberries in a separate bowl. I also add a drizzle of vanilla agave nectar. Spoon mixture into the bottom of your jar.
3. Cup up 2 strawberries and layer on top of oats.
4. Spoon desired amount of yogurt on top of berries. I usually use plain greek yogurt, but any flavour will do.
6. Get creative with the toppings.
7. Dig in and enjoy! I promise you'll be full for hours!
Green Smoothie & Almond Butter Toast: Is your mouth watering yet? I have been trying to have one green shake a day. I don't need to go into all the details of why they are ridiculously good for you, but they are. And I prooooooomise you won't taste any greens! For curiosity sake I am always trying new combinations, but this mango-apple-kale-celery mixture seems to be my favourite (mango-peach is a close second)! So creamy! And don't worry if you don't have a fancy-shmancy blender or juicer- I use a Magic Bullet and they are always blended completely. Pair the shake with a slice of chia superseed toast, topped with a tablespoon of almond butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon and coconut flakes and you have one delicious breakfast (or snack or lunch). Again, feel free to alter to your preferences.
1/2 ataulfo mango
1/2 green apple
1/2 cup almond milk
5 ice cubes
2 bunches of kale (de-stemmed)
1 stalk of celery
1. Blend all ingredients together.
2. Add a tablespoon of water if too icy, and a few more ice cubes if too watery.
3. Sprinkle hemp hearts on top.
Açaí bowl: I saved my favourite for last! I have actually become obsessed with açaí bowls. They are typically a Brazilian dish, as the fruit is native to the Amazonian region, so it's a tad difficult to find them around town. I literally have been stalking the health food stores to find these Sambazon smoothie packs, which I did successfully find (at Nature's Emporium)! I could eat these for breaky, lunch or as a dessert! Anyways, once you have the frozen fruit (I'm sure powder would work too), the bowl (or in my case, jar) is simple to put together.
1 Sambazon frozen açaí pack
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup granola (& any other toppings you prefer)
1. Blend together açaí pack, almond milk, 3/4 of the banana and 2 strawberries.
2. Spoon half of the granola mixture in the bottom on your jar. Slice remaining strawberry and layer on top of granola.
3. Pour smoothie into jar.
4. Add rest of granola mixture on top of the smoothie.
5. Garnish with remaining granola and any other fruit, seeds, coconut, etc.!