Good ol' breakfast...the most important meal of the day that can have you energized and ready to tackle anything!
Instead of loading up on sugar and carbs, try one (or both!) of these healthy, easy to make and oh-so-good recipes to start your day off right!
Banana Chocolate Oat & Almond Smoothie
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup sprouted raw almonds* or 2 Tbsp almond butter
1 packed cup of baby greens (I used baby spinach)
1/2 cup quick oats, rinsed
1-2 Tbsp of raw cacao powder or chocolate protein powder
1/3 cup Greek yogurt
1-2 cups almond milk
Blend all ingredients and garnish with a few raw cacao nibs.
Makes approximately 3 cups.
*Almonds soaked in water overnight. Sprouted almonds are easier to digest than regular nuts because the soaking process releases their enzyme inhibitors. Without these inhibitors, our body's own enzymes are more effective at helping us absorb the nut's nutrients.
3/4 cup granola (I used ChiaPlus Coconut Chia by Nature's Path Organic)
1/2 cup of your favourite Greek yogurt
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 Tbsp goji berries
1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp hemp hearts
A handful each of almonds and cashews
Add all to a medium sized bowl, mix to combine and enjoy! You could also sub 3/4 cup of your favourite nut milk for the yogurt if you wanted more of a cereal consistency.
Kat Maltarp, BSc. is a Certified Personal Trainer and Registered Health & Exercise Practitioner.