Ever run into a breakfast rut, where the same meal is being served every morning? Is breakfast usually on the run as you grab whatever you can find? Solutions are on the way with these great healthy natural food alternatives, including a recipe for green chia porridge!
Homemade Granola can be prepared ahead of time so you have it on hand for the week and the variations of granola are endless! It can be served with nut milk or just on its own and topped with fresh berries. We use sprouted buckwheat as the base for our granola and then we choose a variety of seeds and dried fruits like dates, raisins or mulberries.
Oatmeal is one of my family’s favorites; I grind up steel cut gluten-free oats in a powder and add some spices and fruit to it with some chia seeds. A little secret tip: this mixture will harden after a while so it can be shaped into a cookie and then you have a great snack on hand!
Smoothies are so amazing and versatile, they give us a real energy kick to start the day! Try adding lots of greens in them along with some fruits. I throw in some superfoods like spirulina, chlorella, acai powder, chia seeds or flax seeds for extra nutrition. If you are watching your blood sugar, stevia can be added and some cinnamon or carob powder to give it some great flavor. I alternate with each superfood to have variety.
Chia is not called a SUPERFOOD for nothing! The health benefits of chia seeds are exceptional, including rich omega 3′s, lots of fiber and rich antioxidants – even more than blueberries! Chia seeds are very versatile and great to use as an egg substitute, making puddings, crackers etc. and you can pretty much add them into any recipe. This chia porridge can be done the evening before and warmed in the dehydrator.
1 ½ cups chia gel (soak 3/4 cups chia seeds in 4 cups of water overnight)
1/2 cup coconut flakes
1/3 cup hemp seeds
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 apple cut into pieces
1/8 tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla powder
¼ tsp. clove powder
1 ½ frozen banana
2 leaves of swiss chard
Directions: Process the banana, dates and swiss chard in the processor until it is like a cream. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl; when it is all combined add the cream mixture and mix well. Serve and enjoy – we sure do!
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A health and nature enthusiast for over 15 years, Cristina is passionate about natural living. Since becoming a mother of two girls through natural childbirth, Cristina is further motivated into the realm of wellness that empowers the female spirit. She leads her household through mindful parenting, healthy nutrition, and green living and she loves to find creative ways to incorporate greens into meals and raw desserts. http://www.bodyenlightenment.me/cristinachttp://spiritedgreenmama.com/