Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Studies show that having a well-balanced breakfast packed with micronutrients, vitamins, fiber, healthy fats and protein decreases your chances of overeating later in the day. So make sure you don’t skip it today!! Start your day right! Fuel your body and don’t forget to be creative and keep it interesting.
And why not get inspired by deserts? Try a Carrot Cake inspired porridge, and keep reading to find out how nutritious it can be.
What will you need:
- 1/2 cup oats (I prefer quick oats but any type will do)
- 1 cup of shredded carrots
- 1 cup of milk of choice (I prefer coconut milk….you will see why in just a second)
- 1/2 cup of water (feel free to use all milk)
- 1 tbsp of sweetener of choice
- 1 tbsp of shredded fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp of shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp of chia seeds
- cinnamon and nutmeg
- fun toppings (peanut butter, almonds, coconut, apples…..go crazy…but no matter what you do, DO NOT SKIP toppings please!)
How to do it:
- Cook your oats, shredded carrots, ginger, and chia seeds in milk and water in a saucepan over medium heat
- When all the liquid is almost soaked into the oats, add your sweetener, shredded coconut, and spices.
- Add toppings and enjoy!
Now you might be asking: ‘So what are the benefits of this delicious porridge?’
It is hard to believe, but tasty foods can also be healthy. I know right?! Mind blowing! Let me break this recipe up for you and tell you how many benefits there actually are in this little bowl of happiness.
Firstly, oats. Oats are grains, which means they are carbohydrates. There is a lot of valuable fiber in them, which helps you stay full and also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is important not to spike up your blood sugar levels first thing in the morning. We all know what comes after a big peak, a crash! Did you know, that oats contain more protein than any other grain? When it comes to micronutrients, apart from Iron, Zinc, and Magnesium, oats also contain Beta-glucan to lower your LDL cholesterol, and antioxidants to keep you blood vessels nice and dilated to lower blood pressure. Who would have ever thought that oats have so many benefits? Just keep eating them!
Carrots! Everyone knows, that carrots contain Vitamin A which help your eyes, especially your night vision. But did you know, that Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin? What that means, is that without a source of fat, the vitamin is basically useless. That is why we have chia seeds and coconut in this recipe. I will come back to that in a second. Carrots also contain Beta-carotene, which does NOT make you orange but instead, it provides your body with anti-aging properties to enhance your beauty.
Chia seeds together with coconut serve as a source of fat in this recipe. Additionally, chia seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based protein but are also a great source of fiber (fiber is reoccurring in this recipe…happy tummy!), Calcium, Zinc, and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy heart, bones, teeth, muscles, skin and hair. As you can see, these tiny little seeds have a super power within them.
Last but certainly not least, there is ginger. Actually, I have this one from my mom. She is a big believer in eating ginger every day to prevent illness, as it enhances your body’s immune function. Some studies have even compared the power of ginger to antibiotics. I That is huge! Ginger also helps with any indigestion and can improve insulin sensitivity thanks to its blood sugar lowering properties.
And now, it’s your turn. Prepare this oatmeal for yourself, family and friends and spread health and all the nutrition knowledge that you’ve just learned. Get inspired and experiment with ingredients, flavors, and recipes. Do it as if you were playing. I know, parents tell you differently: ‘ Don’t play with food!’ But this is different. Go into the kitchen and play! Of course, not always will you create an amazing, top-chef recipe. But that’s okay, nothing is ever perfect!