When I don’t want to think about what to make for breakfast in the morning as I have plenty of other things on my mind or to-do-lists to tick of.
I rely on my trusty overnight chia oats recipe which takes me under 1 minutes to make the night before (I made some here over on my instagram if you follow me there). Cover and have the next morning with some freshly chopped fruit or in my case some homemade mulberry compote (recipe included in this post) topped with fresh blueberries, which are in abundance at the moment as we come into Spring.
There are so many things that I love about this simple breakkie, the fact that the oats are soaked over night make them that more readily digestible in your gut, so less heaviness and bloating, they are also a great source of slow release energy to get you set up for a busy day ahead. I used a mixture of both almond milk and coconut milk, but you can equally use one or the other.
I picked up a punnet of mulberries from Harris Farm, partly because they were on offer but secondly they really do remind me of England, the blackberry-like fruits, from this book (which I absolutely) it states that the syrup from the mulberry is said to help all inflammations of the mouth, throat or palate.
Why is this recipe good for you;
Soaked oats are fabulous slow release energy boosters and great to kickstart your day, they contain vitamin B’s which is known to help improve your mood, anxiety and PMS. A high level of soluble dietary fibre which is great for your circulation and for digestion.
Chia seeds are an excellent source of fibre, protein and antioxidants. They are a rich plant source of Omega 3 fatty acids (which is a good anti-inflammatory and good for immunity) known to help with joint pain, aids with weight loss (making you feel more full), known to help improve energy levels and is good to have whilst exercising. Finally research has been carried out that it helps with diabetes and heart disease.
Coconut Milk is a great dairy-free alternative which adds wonderful creamy addition to any smoothie. Its not that bad for you either, full of the good fats and contains fibre that can help in digestion. Manganese which can act as an antioxidant and some essential amino acids for helping your body repair and nourish.
Almond milk (my preference is Inside Out Nutritious Goods) it is also a good source of calcium (bones, skin and tissue), phosphorus (cell growth, metabolism, ATP (energy currency in cells) uses phosphorus to do their work) and magnesium (metabolism, immunity and help to regulate blood pressure and lung function).
Pumpkin (pepitas) are high in magnesium, potassium and vitamin E which are essential for health nerve function, circulatory system, your skin and boosts you with energy.
Mulberries are a good source of vitamin C, to help protect your immunity and boost your collagen in your skin’s tissue. It also contains potassium (essential for maintaining fluid balance within the body).
Hope you enjoy this number, do let me know if you give it a go.