Breakfast, will you marry me?

How to Make Porridge Interesting 101.

How to Make Porridge Interesting 101 = add nuts, seeds, berries and maple syrup.

Confession time: I spend a disproportionate amount of my life thinking about breakfast. Like, a lot of time. If you catch me daydreaming, chances are I’m thinking about amazing breakfast ideas. It totally rocks my little white socks. It is far and away my favourite meal – so much so that I often eat three breakfasts in a day: two in the morning and one at night, instead of a normal dinner. I mean, who wants to be normal anyway? Sing it with me!

We all know the benefits of eating breakfast so I won’t bore you with a sentences that include phrases like, ‘kick start your metabolism’, ‘break the fast’ and ‘reduce your overall caloric intake for the day’. Instead, I want to celebrate changing the way we look at breakfast. Sorry Kellogs but the traditional bowl of sugar-and-preservative packed Just Right just isn’t going to cut it anymore. There are much better options. As an aside, have you ever wondered how cereal companies can advertise their products as being preservative free when the cereal has a shelf life of months? They load up the bag with preservatives instead, which then coat the cereal. Sneaky, right!

Smoothies: the easiest way to cram more good stuff in to your day.

Smoothies: the easiest way to cram more good stuff in to your day.

I have a big, fat, juicy crush on smoothies. (‘No way! We had no idea!’ I hear you all cry.) Looking for an easy, quick and tasty way to up your nutrient count for the day? Say hello to your new best friend, Mr Smooth(ie). I start every weekday (my first breakfast) and some weekend days (weekend days? Is that a term? Who even knows.) with a smoothie. The key to making your smoothie burst with goodness is simple: add a handful of leafy greens, a couple of spoonfuls of the superfood of your choice (think, maca, colostrum, or acai), some low sugar fruit (e.g. berries), a glug of nut milk, and top it off with some seeds (I love hemp and chia). Done. Easy nutrition that you can take with you if you’re in a rush.

Powerhouse weekend brekkie.

Powerhouse weekend brekkie.

If I don’t have to hurry out the door, there is no better way to start the weekend than with a big breakfast, health-warrior style. Serve me up some avocado that has been smashed with lemon juice and chia seeds, then add some grilled tomatoes and perfectly cooked organic eggs, and you’ll have my adoration. Add in butter-fried mushies (all organic, of course) and I’m yours for life.

There are oats under there, I promise!

There are oats under there, I promise!

If you’re more of a cereal girl or guy, just go for quinoa flakes or rolled oats. Before you close the tab in disgust that I could dare to suggest such a boring breakfast, hear me out. You can turn your oats or quinoa flakes into a majestic breakfast by topping them with hemp seeds, pepitas, macadamias (or any nut, really) and frozen berries. You can defrost your berries first, if you prefer, but I like the extra challenge of trying to eat them frozen while avoiding giving myself a brain freeze because that’s just the kind of thrill seeker I am. Or something.

I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new for breakfast or just given you some food for thought (pun totally intended). If you have any amazing breakfast ideas you think I should know about, let me know in the comments section below or on the Facebook page.

Laura

My blueberry and hemp seed super smoothie

Such pretty colours!

Such pretty colours!

That I love green smoothies will come as no surprise to those who have spent any amount of time with me; however, there is enough space in my life (or blender) for many other types of smoothies too. I mean, who am I to turn down the veritable smorgasbord of amazing fruit, superfoods and crunchy seeds that Mother Nature has given us!

It was Dad’s birthday on Sunday so I headed back up to the country to celebrate with him, my sister and Mum. Before leaving Melbourne, I loaded up my car with a heap of fresh organic produce from my favourite grocer so I could make smoothies and juices while I was away. Dad has a Champion juicer, so I always take advantage of having access to it while I’m visiting and make lots of green juices. I don’t currently have a juicer so it’s a novelty to be able to use one but, you guys, guess what? I’M GETTING A JUICER! Yes, I know I didn’t need to shout but I am so excited! It should arrive in a fortnight and I can’t wait for its shiny new goodness to be in my kitchen. If you never see me again, it’s because I drowned in an ocean of juice. I’ll make sure I post some delicious juice recipes here first though.

Anyway, back to my smoothie story. So, I didn’t arrive until late on Friday night, which meant that come Saturday I was feeling a bit sleepy and needed a pick-me-up. I hunted through my stack of goodies and pulled out some frozen blueberries, almond milk and hemp seeds. I then raided the kitchen and found an avocado, a few strawberries and some chia seeds.

The Ingredients*

So much goodness in one photo!

So much goodness in one photo!

  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • tbsp. of chia seeds
  • 1/2 a cup of hemp seeds
  • Enough almond milk to cover everything once it’s in the blender (‘enough’ is a measurement, right?!)

* Makes one large glass

The Process

Waiting to be blitzed up.

Waiting to be blitzed up (featuring the Champion juicer in the background).

That heading is a bit deceiving, right? It promises in-depth steps when the reality of it is that I just dumped everything in the blender and turned up the dial. So, erm, just do that, OK?

The Finished Product

Purple love.

Purple love.

Chuck in some more strawberries because they look pretty and sprinkle on some more hemp seeds because, well, do you really need me to explain why (hint: they are crazy delicious) and Bob’s your uncle. Or something.

Enjoy, kids!

Laura