04 Oct Breakfast: Totes Get Your Oats On
Do ya need a kick in the hole regarding your breakfast? Grand, so. Here it is.
You know it’s the most important meal of the day, so why are ya skipping it, ya big eejit! Or just as bad, why are you loading up on caffeine and sugar, and no nutrients! You’ve a long day ahead of you, it’s important to start it right, hi. If everything else goes to pot, at least you’ve given yourself the best chance you could.
If you’ve been following Wild Healthy for any length if time, you know I’m an advocate for oats. I live in a Northern latitude; cold, damp, and dark for half the year. There’s a reason warm hearty breakfasts are a staple of Northern European populations, and that is to fuel an active day in an environment that is slightly hostile. I’m typing this from a pretty sunny autumnal morning in Dublin, but its 8 degrees Celsius. Oats are one of our indigenous foods here in Ireland. We don’t have many, but those we do, man oh man, they’re nutrient dense and meant to be eaten with steam coming off them. As part of October’s 30 Day Kick in the Whole challenge, I’m suggesting a couple of oat-based breakfast ideas to get you into the swing of eating whole during Autumn.
Porridge cannot be out-done for a nutritious breakfast. If you think it’s boring, then that’s on you. You’re the boring one, who won’t add some flare to a steaming bowl of nomminess. Think seeds, nuts, superfoods, fruits, protein powders; oatporn at it’s finest. Here are some photos of my oatporn over the last few months if you need a bit of inspiration.
Figs, blubes, coconut, seeds
Banana, cacao powder, blubes, coconut, hemp, pumpkin and sunflower mix
Banana, vanilla, cacao nibs, coconut, hemp seeds
Hazelnuts, banana, hemp, açaí, coconut
Nectarines, hemp, cacao, chia, pumpkin seeds, banana, vanilla
cinnamon baked apple, cranbs, blubes, coconut, cacao, flax seed, vanilla
Your granny would be proud.
I’ve blogged about this before, but overnight oats are a real life-saver when it comes to grab-and-go breakfasts. Make them in the evening or as part of your getting-ready-for-bed routine, and they are there, ready to go in the morning when you are. When I was marathon training last year, they were fantastic for throwing into my gym bag to have once I got to work. Amazing refuelling for any athlete. Busy mammies, shift workers, and alarm-snoozers also think they’re heaven-sent.
The basic recipe is always the same, and then your job is to add the flare. 1/3 cup oats, 1 cup non-dairy milk, 2 tbsp chia. Stir. Let sit for 5 mins. Stir again. Seal and place in fridge for the morning.
Fundamentals of a good breakfast are to take the generic base, be it porridge or overnight oats, and then get creative with it. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you do with your oats over the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget the hashtag: #30daykickinthewhole
The challenge is going great and there are some amazing photos on Instagram from people who are having a real solid go at eating more wholefoods. Make sure and check them out.