Just when you thought smoothie-bowls were so 2016, you get hit with this bowl-o-rama that tastes like cupcakes. Not just any cupcake, RED VELVET ones. Uh huh. It’s packed with protein for muscle recovery, along with beet powder that is said to increase endurance. The cacao (aside from being insanely delicious) is a super source of anti-oxidants and also helps you body to produce happy chemicals. What’s not to love?!
‘Tis the season for blueberries here in Aus. They’re in abundance and cheap until March, so I try to get my fill in the summer months when they’re at their tastiest and locally sourced. Aside from being once of the most nutrient dense fruits around, they make the most amazing ice-cream that can legit double up as a brekkie bowl when your post-Christmas sugar crash is looming. The natural sweetness they provide kills sugar cravings and their fibre keeps you fuller for longer too!
I made these to end my jealousy with green pancakes popping up on my instagram feed every damn minute. There’s a simple reason they’re so popular – they taste amazing. They’re so quick to make too – there’s no excuse for a bowl of processed, sugary cereal. Matcha comes with some awesome health benefits too, including a metabolism boost and super amounts of antioxidants. Time to get flippin’.
There’s nothing better than waking up to a hot bowl of porridge on a cold winters morning. This one is packed with immune boosting ingredients to set you up for the day ahead!! ⭐️ Aromatic chai herbs and spices keep your metabolism ticking in the cooler months. Fire up that internal heat baby!
I know I’m healthy and all that, but I do have a tendency to add salt to just about everything. I’m cool with it, because I don’t have any pre-packaged foods that are secretly loaded with it.
Salt is actually a nice addition to food if you opt for a good-quality version (I love himalayan) and stay away from the gross iodised table salt my mum used to ply me with. It is packed with trace minerals that can help maintain a healthy stomach pH. It’s also important to replenish the salts lost through exercise (ever seen those white marks on your favourite black crop-top?). Granted, excessive amounts of salt in your diet won’t be all that great for your bod, but this super tasty bowl has just a pinch, and is super post-workout to replenish and revive.
Aside from the science, this is one delicious bowl. Sweet, silky and satisfying – it would make an awesome breakfast or even dessert.
There’s more to the whole grains game than brown rice. From quinoa (my fave) to bulgur, amaranth and more, whole grains make a delicious addition to a balanced diet. Teff is a gluten-free ancient grain, but the new kid on the block with health fans – fast gaining a reputation as a ‘superfood’ for it’s ease of use, versatility and nutrient density.
If you haven’t used it before, try it in this delicious breakfast crumble – it’s deliciously nutty in flavour and pairs well with almonds to make a crunchy topping to your morning bowl of goodness.
I know y’all like ‘but porridge is sweet’, and you’d be right…until now. Oats can be enjoyed just like quinoa, rice or buckwheat in many recipes. Just because your mum used to cover them in honey, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them in a savoury dish too. To confuse you more, this is a breakfasty dish – but also great at lunch or as a side for dinner. Oats are a great source of soluble fibre that will keep you regular and lower cholesterol. The beta-glucan fiber found in oats helps regulate your appetite for up to 4 hours too, so you’re less likely to be snacking.
Once you make this, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been having it for years. Expect to start seeing it on restaurant menus soon! *2016 prediction*
Following the popularity of my Carrot Cake Oatmeal recipe, I wanted to make a gluten-free version with my favourite seed. Buckwheat has more protein than rice, corn, millet or wheat and is high in the essential amino acids arginine and lysine, in which most cereals are deficient. Its unique amino acid profile gives buckwheat the ability to boost the protein value of beans and grains eaten on the same day – which in my book makes it a bit of a wonder food. This bowl of creamy deliciousness is packed with benefits for your heart, hair, skin, digestion and blood sugar control…but best of all, it actually tastes like cake.
Okay, admittedly this is not all that festive, but I firmly believe in maintaining routine around the holidays. If I didn’t, it would be cake and half the advent calendar for breakfast. I’m keeping it clean this December with delicious Acai bowls to kick that sweet tooth.
If you’re not on the Acai bandwagon already (living under a rock?!) they’re berries originating from Brazil rich in antioxidants, fibre, omega fatty acids and more – known for its chocolate-y berry flavour and deep purple colour. Acai comes in a few forms – frozen smoothie packs, juice and powder. This recipe uses powder, but smoothie bowls work well with the frozen packs too.
For my sanity and every one around you – it’s pronounced ah-sigh-eee. The noise you’ll make when you get your lips around this frosty goodness!
Sydney’s stores and farmer’s markets are brimming full of summer berries – YAY. Some of you will be able to buy berries all year long depending on where you live (not jealous at all). Regardless, make the best of these little jewels while they’re around. They all have so much to offer nutritionally – topping the charts in antioxidant power, protecting your body against inflammation and free radicals (those molecules that damage cells and organs). They’re also loaded with fibre which helps you to feel full and eat less (for those watching their weight).
This simple porridge showcases them perfectly and is packed with protein. A great post-workout brekkie, or perfect fuel for a long day at the office.