It was very interesting to read some of your comments yesterday about your experiences with diet changes and how they effect you. It is a puzzle, friends. One very interesting puzzle that is ever changing.
Today I wanted to share with you a spin-off of the porridge recipe I have been giving Ella. Usually she gets this with quinoa flakes or gluten-free oatmeal mixed in but I thought it would be fun to make a grain-free porridge/oatmeal. (Goldilocks and the 3 little bears is one of my favorite stories to tell Ella/the only story I really know properly so I named her breakfast “Ella’s Porridge” for my baby and tot clean eating book!)
Fall is in the air. I have been drinking smoothies for breakfast for about 10 weeks now. This morning I woke up early, Mike and Ella were still asleep and there was a nip in the air. I grabbed my sweater, wrapped it around me and decided to make something warming for breakfast. I’ve decided to not be completely grain-free , but I am going to stick with a low-grain diet because I am feeling really good on it. It is fun coming up with new interesting recipes as well!
I actually don’t really believe in drinking cold smoothies in cool weather. In the fall I will do it because the temperatures stay high at times, but in the winter, not so much. Especially first thing in the morning after getting out of my cozy bed. I believe, to get full nourishment from your foods, if you live somewhere with seasons, you need to eat with those seasons. Cooling raw salads, veggies, fresh fruits and icy smoothies in the summer, and roasted warming veggies and soups in the winter. This is the best way to keep your body nice and balanced with the seasons.
The temperatures dropped to 40 degrees last night and we slept with the windows open. I tip toed into the kitchen and filled up my French press as I put together some Mommy porridge to help warm me up for the day!
Grain-Free Breakfast Porridge
1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 Tablespoon coconut flour
1 Tablespoon hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds)
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 Tablespoon coconut oil or grass-fed organic butter
1/2 of a very ripe large banana (or one whole small one), mashed/smashed
1/2 cup water (or milk)
1/4-1/2 + cup hemp/coconut/almond milk, unsweetened
12 drops of liquid stevia or 1 teaspoon maple syrup, to taste
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
cinnamon, to taste
a pinch of sea salt
other optional add-ins:
raisins, chopped dates, nut butter, fresh grated nutmeg, ground ginger, 1 T pumpkin puree, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, carob or cacao, get creative!
Place flax, hemp, chia, coconut and salt in a small saucepan with 1/2 cup water (you could use milk too for more flavor/creaminess!) on medium-high heat. Keep stirring until it starts bubbling and add mashed banana, vanilla, sweetener and some cinnamon and stir. This will get dry quickly so just keep pouring milk into it and let it cook as you turn the temperature to low. At the end add coconut oil or butter and more milk as needed. This is a volume recipe, it will puff up. I like adding lots of milk and cinnamon (and a glob of Ella’s sunbutter) to the top. This takes less than 5 minutes to make, you just keep cooking on low, adding milk until you reach a desired consistency. Enjoy!
To switch things up add things like raisins or seeds or pumpkin early in the allow them to cook a little. Let me know if you do and how it turns out!
Remember last week when I said Ella was refusing to sleep…well she got two molars! Sleeping has gotten better. No more finally going in her crib at 9:45 and waking up every 20 minutes wailing. Poor thing. This teething thing is for the birds.
She’s back to her crazy self. The girl rips off bows, headbands, barrettes, you name it…but she finds an empty box of Leggo’s and wears it on her head. All day. I’m not exaggerating. There’s nothing like sitting on the toilet to have a toddler bust in on you with a green box over her head. I don’t know how she sees? I don’t know about you all but I see cuteness overload…