Breakfast is without a doubt my favourite meal of the day, but this is all new for me. I used to eat a bowl of unsatisfying cereal every single morning and was always left wondering why people saw breakfast as such a paramount meal. It was only when I started eating a more nutritious breakfast that I realised what I’d been missing out on. Move over cereal, you’ve had your time. It’s all about oats now!
“Oh but aren’t oats are a carb?” Yes, they are! People are often scared of eating carbs if they’re trying to lose weight, and I was no exception, but the sooner you learn their real purpose – the better. Of course you should monitor your carb intake to avoid finishing everyday in a carb induced coma, but you need to remember that carbs provide your body with energy. And what do you need to survive? You guessed it, energy! If you have a hectic on-the-go job or you visit the gym regularly, then you need your carb fix each day. Without it, you won’t be fueling your brain or muscles, leaving you feeling lethargic and well, generally crappy.
“But don’t cereals contain carbs too?” Yes they do, but oat carbs vs cereal carbs are worlds apart. Let’s just break this down and a have a little lesson in nutrition, but as a little disclaimer, please know that I am not a nutritionist and this information is based on online sources! So, first you have simple carbohydrates, which include the likes of white bread, pasta and rice. Simple carbs are broken down super fast by the body to be used as ‘quick’ energy, which can cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to spike. Watch out for processed foods, because they’re often the culprit here. On the flip side you have complex carbohydrates, which include foods such as brown rice, sweet potato, oats and whole-grains. Complex carbs are great because they are digested at a slower pace, ensuring that your body gets all the best bits and stores that energy throughout the day. I try to include both types of carbohydrates in my diet, with a little more of the ‘good’ kind, just so I know that I’m giving my body exactly what it needs for optimum efficiency.
So, let’s get into the recipe of my ultimate breakfast! Can we all just take a minute to appreciate that this recipe features chocolate? Yes, you can eat healthy and still get your chocolate fix! The only catch is that it’s dark chocolate, not a whacking great slab of Dairy Milk, but trust me when I say that dark chocolate is seriously underrated. It might just take a few attempts for your taste buds to adjust! This is a breakfast which I love to treat myself to at weekends. I’d have it everyday if I could, but in the week I eat at my desk and therefore need to be able to quickly blitz a downgraded version in the microwave. Microwaved oats don’t even slightly compare to good old pan cooked oats in my opinion!
50g rolled oats
200-300ml unsweetened almond milk (depending on your preferred consistency)
2 squares of dark chocolate (70% or higher)
30g fresh blueberries
1tsp cacao powder or 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein
Optional: a drizzle of Sweet Freedom Choc Shot
1 Thoroughly mix the oats with the cacao powder/whey protein in a bowl and pour into a saucepan (tip: don’t pour half the bag of cacao powder all over the counter like I accidentally did, easily lost £5 there…)
2 Add the almond milk and mix well
3 Let the mixture simmer slightly for 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly
4 When the desired consistency is reached, pour into a bowl
5 Place your two squares of dark chocolate in the center, surround with blueberries and drizzle Choc Shot across the top
6 Allow to cool for a couple of minutes, and enjoy!
I’m hungry just looking at these photos, despite the fact it’s 10pm as I’m writing this! Dilemmas of a chocoholic. Seriously, let that chocolate melt for a minute or two and you’ll be in cocoa heaven. Not a fan of chocolate? The best thing about a healthy, warming bowl of oats, is that it can be modified in so many different ways! A few other variations I love are banana and honey, desiccated coconut and peanut butter, and flaked almonds and maple syrup. Let me know what you think if you make this recipe!