We all know the importance of getting a good breakfast into our bellies before diving into our day. But some mornings it can be hard. Especially on those busy mornings. And especially if you're like me and wake up with no appetite.
If I had it my way, I wouldn't eat until about noon. But I have learned the hard way that pulling an intermittent fast on a daily basis wreaks havoc on my adrenals and my hormones (don't mess with your adrenals!), so I need to make sure breakfast happens.
Lately I have been making a nutrient-dense, protein and fiber rich bowl. It has a good balance of protein, fiber, and it's low carb. But more importantly, this bowl is loaded with the inflammation-fighting antioxidants, phytonutrients, and omega-3 oils that we want for strengthening our immune systems and keeping the RA fire at bay.
Playing starring roles are two of my top 10 foods for RA- hemp seeds and berries. Start your bowl with some unsweetened non-dairy milk and yogurt. I like coconut, but almond is also very good. I use about 1/2 cup of each. Then toss in 1 tablespoon each of hemp and chia seeds. Stir it all up. If you have some Pitaya Powder on hand, add it, it makes your yogurt pink and adds potent nutritional benefits.
You can leave the mixture to sit for a few minutes so the chia seeds can plump up and make a more pudding-like consistency, but I'm usually in a hurry, so just a stir and let's keep moving.
Next, throw in your favorite berries. I like blueberries or raspberries, or better yet, both. About 1 cup of berries total. Toss on some more hemp seeds. You can never have too much hemp seed so throw that stuff around like confetti!
Tip: store your chia and hemp seeds in the fridge or freezer to protect those fragile omega-3 oils from going rancid.
PS I got this HUGE container of Driscoll's organic raspberries at Costco for $6.99. LOVE Costco!
This bowl is more of an assembly than a "recipe", but for those who want specs, here you go!
Quick Breakfast Yogurt Bowl
For each serving:
- 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used coconut)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy yogurt (greek style is awesome)
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon hemp seeds (plus more for topping)
- 1 cup berries of choice
Stir milk, yogurt and seeds. Add berries and top with hemp seeds. Do a happy dance because you just made the simplest, more delicious and nutritious breakfast in under 60 seconds and now you're ready to take on your day!