BY: RENEE SEXTON
It’s that time of year again when the air temperature can change with chilly wintery gusts; the mornings get darker, and your kitchen sink might become a little more filled with stacks of coffee stained mugs and half drunk milky teas.
Let’s be honest; mornings are hard on a good day, but they are near impossible on a cold winters morning. I don’t know about you, but I can practically feel my feet curling under at the thought of having to leave the snug comfort of my bed to face the cold walk to the shower.
So, I decided to keep my regular schedule and not waste precious hours hitting the snooze button; I needed to add something amazing to my breakfast that would get me out of bed, help ensure that my immune system stayed strong and healthy. BUT, that also gave me that little energy kick that was rarely found outside of a strong black coffee.
Three Immune Boosting Superfoods:
I decided to upgrade my regular morning porridge and give it a little helping hand or boost if you like, by adding 3 of my favourite superfoods. These are the ones that I call to when it’s been a very long day (or week) when my skin is playing up and of course when my energy levels are feeling uninspired.
Luckily these three superfoods are like magic when combined and taste incredible mixed into a creamy bowl of comforting porridge which will indeed help get you out of bed, and ensure you have all the energy and motivation you need to get on with your day.
Let’s get straight into it with my favourite one - chocolate!! Now if chocolate porridge isn’t enough of a reason to eat breakfast, then I’m sorry you can’t be helped. No, I’m joking of course, but seriously cacao powder mixed into your porridge is…divine, sensational, naughty but oh-so-nice.
Cacao powder if you didn’t know already is the purest form of chocolate. It has been minimally processed and hasn’t been exposed to heat, which means all those amazing nutrients like magnesium, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, etc. that are all present in Cacao are still there and ready to make you feel incredible.
All you have to do is add 1-heaped tbsp. Of this chocolaty goodness to your morning oats while they are cooking. Then let the house fill with the smell of warm chocolate. Ohh yes, it’s pretty unique.
When I think of Maca, I instantly think energy. It’s my morning friend who ensures that I can keep going and going all day. I typically add 1 tbsp to my green smoothie but as the temperature drops and my morning green smoothies start to reduce, I need to find new ways to get it in my diet.
It has a slight caramel malty taste which is why it goes so well with creamy flavours like porridge. Predominantly known for its energy boosting properties, Maca powder is high in so many nutrients like B vitamins and calcium, which is all I need to know.
Little pellets of gold, nuggets of energy, rays of sunshine…ok I’m getting carried away here, what I’m trying to say if you haven’t tried bee pollen yet, you need to it’s amazing!! One of my favourite things about it is that it has pretty much all of the essential nutrients we need to survive. Yes, you heard me right. You can get a lot of the nutrients you need in your diet every day just from bee pollen. How amazing is that!! Of course, that makes it a must-have daily food and is why I always start my day off with 1 tbsp. Of bee pollen sprinkled on top on my morning porridge, or blended into my smoothie (in the summer).
If you are new to bee pollen, start off slow with just one tsp. and then work up to 1 tbsp. No more. It’s very-strong and can cause reactions such as heart palpitations if you have it in excess, be warned, a little goes a long way.
That’s it. The best, most delicious, super-food porridge and all by just adding three new ingredients. Of course, I wouldn’t leave you with just that, so I have added my superfood recipe below so that you can jump straight in and start making delicious creamy bowls of porridge for breakfast every morning.
I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have any questions, please comment below or head over to my blog for more recipes and articles. I will see you all next month for another dose of inspiration.
My Winter Superfood Porridge:
• 1 1/2 cups of coconut milk
• 1 cup or organic rolled oats (soaked overnight in 1 cup of water)
• ¼ cup of cacao powder
• 1 tbsp of maca powder
• 1 banana
• 1 tsp of bee pollen
• organic berries
• maple syrup to serve
In a pot add your soaked oats + coconut milk and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 5 minutes. Once cooked add banana + cacao powder + maca powder and mix well.
Transfer to two bowls and top with warm berries, bee pollen and a drizzle of maple syrup.