THE PROBLEM: BORING BREAKFAST
No lie, lately my cooking routine has become boring and in need of some excitement. Especially breakfast. In hopes of spurring creativity, I even posted a list on my pantry door of "breakfast ideas" to help when I am at complete loss for what to eat. It takes me a good bit of time to wake up in the morning, so figuring out a quick, healthy, filling, and substantial meal became a tall order during the week. Thankfully, Stephen loves smoothies, so that helped for some time. I even developed a whole arsenal of healthy, sustaining smoothies that I could whirl up in a matter of minutes. Bonus, you could eat it on the go.
However, we aren't always on the go. As much as we love a good superfood smoothie, it's not for everyday. We still enjoy (and have time for) sitting and enjoying our breakfast together most mornings. Again, I felt the need to switch things up.
SOLUTION: BREAKFAST BOWLS
BREAKFAST BOWL: [brek-fuh st bohl] noun
A deep, round dish filled with a variety of protein, grain, fruit, yogurt or milk of choice, and all manner of nuts, seeds, berries, seasonings and sweetener artfully arranged together based on flavor and texture profiles.
Funny tidbit: after 8 years of living in my own home and manning my own kitchen, I finally bought large soup bowls. I was perusing Target one day (because who doesn't peruse Target), and I wandered into the dish section, which I have zero business in, considering we're about to move. I had vowed to not buy anything house-related until we move, especially kitchen stuff. But, it was a moment of "I need these for chicken noodle soup and Tom Kha Gai" and suddenly, four of these lovelies were in my basket.
I HAD NO IDEA how impulsively purchasing four bowls would change my cooking game for the good. I was placing plate food into them suddenly. I mean, even dinner. Give me lettuce, lentils, veggies, and a piece of salmon and top it with homemade shallot dressing??? WAY more fun (and delicious) than the same meal plated could ever dream of being. But, I'll post more about dinner bowls later.....
SUNSHINE IN A BOWL [THE RECIPE]
adapted and inspired by a recipe from Bobbi Brown's Beauty from the Inside Out. Book review coming soon! Makes 2 servings.
- 1 cup coconut yogurt
- citrus of choice- oranges, grapefruit, blood oranges, tangerines, etc. peeled and segmented. For reference, I use 1/2 an orange and 1/4 large grapefruit per serving.
- 2 Tbsp chopped pistachios
- goji berries
- coconut flakes or shavings (no sugar added), toasted is best
- sprinkle of cinnamon, ground flax seed, and hemp hearts
- drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or agave
First, divide yogurt into two bowls and top with citrus [today, I used grapefruit, heirloom oranges, and blood oranges]. Next, get creative! Artfully arrange pistachios, goji berries, and coconut. Sprinkle on the cinnamon, ground flax, and hemp hearts, pretending it's fairy dust. Last, drizzle with sweetener [honey is my favorite].
BENEFITS AND FLAVOR PROFILE
- Coconut yogurt: I use So Delicious Unsweetened vanilla from Whole foods. It is low in sugar and high in gut-restoring probiotics!
- Citrus: So much vitamin C! Your skin and immune system will thank you. I chose to add oranges because I love the flavor, and grapefruit for the extra fat-burning effect.
- Goji berries: an antioxidant-rich Himalayan superfood known for it's anti-aging benefits!
- Cinnamon: other than the amazing flavor, I add this spice for it's ability to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. Ceylon cinnamon is the best, I use nothing else!
- Hemp Hearts: Excellent source of Omega-3s and Iron. I add these to almost all of my breakfast bowls and smoothies.
sidenote: it was only after uploading these photos that I realized I forgot to add toasted coconut......oops!
This breakfast bowl is the perfect summer breakfast and literally tastes like sunshine. Instant mood booster!