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’.
If your Instagram feed is awash with yellow drinks and you’re feeling a little confused, it’s time to jump on the Golden Mylk bandwagon. It’s the next big health trend to come out of Asia after ghee and coconut oil. Cafes from Sydney to LA are spicing up their menus with turmeric-and-coconut-milk drink combos. While we’re just catching on, mixing turmeric root with milk is a well-entrenched drink in Indian food culture, where it is considered a restorative brew. The goodness come from the turmeric – known for its benefits to digestion, immune function, liver health and even possible protection from cancer. It’s a healthy alternative to your morning coffee, it tastes great, and it’s easy to make your own.
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*
Wholegrain Teff is extremely nutritious. It boasts a wealth of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, choline, Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin and Vitamin C, which is rarely found in grains. Teff can be purchased as a wholegrain or flour, which is used most commonly in Ethiopia to make a traditional sourdough flatbread called injera. It makes for a highly nutritious substitute to traditional gluten-containing flours. Try it in these amazing muffins for a nutritious way to start the day!
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.