For these chilly and rainy mornings, I find that warming, nourishing and substantial breakfasts help get you up and moving, and provide a sense of comfort and ritual to the early pace of the day. I’ve been practically living off of soups, stews, oatmeals, porridges and kitchari since winter officially began, and this roasted coconut oatmeal porridge has become a favorite of mine and a constant go-to. It’s quick and easy to make, and adjustable with the spices and add-ons to make it a little different every day. This recipe is adapted from Maya Tiwari’s book, Living Ahimsa Diet (where I get a TON of recipes for my daily meals).Try it with your favorite nut milk, and substitute regular oats or quinoa for a gluten free version.
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup coconut, soy, cashew or regular whole milk
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 c rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ginger powder
- 1 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- Pinch of himalayan pink salt
- Maple syrup to taste (optional)
Roast coconut in a skillet over medium heat until edges brown. In a saucepan, bring milk and water to a boil. Add oats, ghee and roasted coconut. Simmer for 5 mites, add spices at the very end Sweeten with maple syrup if desired.
- 2 tbsp bee pollen
- 1/4 tsp cardamom
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, goji berries, blueberries)
- 1 tbsp greens or protein powder of your choice
As Maya suggests, make sure to take a moment to give thanks to the day and prepare the body and mind to accept the first food for the day. Sit in a quiet space and take a few deep breaths, clearing the mind and smelling your food. Keep in your thoughts, “Nature’s foods afford us the greatest opportunity for honing and perfecting our potential for healing. Eating wholesome foods in accord with the seasons preserves nature and life – the material that nourishes our personal, everyday awareness.”. Enjoy your meals. Take your time. Stay nourished!
Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com