I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I love breakfast. Really. I love it so much that on most days I have two. I wake up incredibly early every day and I really think that the only reason why my body is so eager to get up is because of the promise of breakfast. For years, I was a coffee only kinda gal. I was also really unhealthy during those years: caffeine addicted, sluggish, hangry (hungry+angry), and I always seemed to overeat later in the day because I was starving. My father would often say “you can’t start a car that runs on empty”, and he was right. When I made the dedicated transition to setting aside time every morning to fuel my body with nourishing, wholesome food, something magical happened: I became alive! I wasn’t starving by noon anymore, I was actually maintaining a healthy weight (metabolism boost) and I had proper and viable energy that my body needed to have a productive and active day. These days I’m a big smoothie bowl, chia pudding, and avocado toast fan. I mean, who doesn’t like to follow the trends? But my real heart and soul brekkie, belongs to the mighty bowl of oats. If done right, there’s no better way to start your day. (I’m a poet) 🙂
Oats are one of the healthiest whole grains on earth. You could just take my word for it with that one sentence, skip on to the recipe and get cooking… or you can let me tell you a bit why they’re so good for you. Not only are oats healthy carbs (yesssss we needed carbs to function), super high in plant based protein, rich in soluble fiber and iron, they are one of the only food sources that contain a powerful group of polyphenols called avenanthramides. Say what Robbi?? Basically, these are beneficial compounds found in plant based foods that have antioxidant properties that provide cardiovascular support, fight free radicals, and reduce inflammation. So in a nut shell… whole oats are intensely good for you. I have a strong attachment to Bob’s Red Mill Oats. After trying every brand of rolled oats out there, this brand has me as a customer for life. Click here to purchase in bulk as I do: Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, 32 Oz (Pack of 4).
Goji Berries are another ingredient I don’t take for granted. Relatively new to the US everyday food jargon, Goji Berries have been used in Chinese Medicine and cuisine for thousands of years. In fact, I used to see a Chinese Medicine Naturopath for chronic fatigue (oh one of my many pre-plant based ailments) and she suggested I pair goji berries with ginseng. (At the time I had NO clue what the heck goji berries were, sure glad I do now)! Uniquely high in protein, vitamins and minerals, what makes the goji extra special is that it contains 11 essential amino acids! Also, the abundant levels of Vitamin C found in goji berries increases the bioavailability of iron in the oats which makes this a wonderful nutritious food combination. I tend to use this brand for most of my “superfood” needs: Healthworks Goji Berries Raw Organic.
The Chai Spice blend I use increases the health benefits of this bowl. Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, and Cardamom all have incredible antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can read more about Cinnamon, my personal fav, here and more reasons why you should love Ginger, here. My friends over at Well-Being Secrets do an extraordinary job at providing science supported articles about the health benefits of particular foods.
I chose to top this bowl with pomegranate seeds, a bit of hemp seeds for more plant based protein and my own granola blend.
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 cup almond milk (or you can omit and just use more water)
- 2 tbs goji berries
- 1 apple, peeled and cubed
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- 1/8 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1-2 tbs maple syrup, to taste.
- In a saucepan, combine all ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Quickly lower heat to a simmer and cook for 10-12 mins, stirring occasionally.
- You may need to add more liquid to your consistency liking.
- Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes.
- Add more liquid or maple syrup if you choose and add toppings. Enjoy!