When my husband and I first began our weight loss journey, we knew we needed to make big changes in the way that we ate. For the both of us, and most Americans, the go-to’s were waffles, cereal, bacon, pancakes, pastries, bagels, or yogurt. All of which are okay in moderation, but for us ~ moderation wasn’t in our dictionary.
Breakfast should be energizing. It’s the meal that’s going to get us through the start of our day. Filled with fiber, healthy fats, protein, and carbs. Not laden with sugar that will essentially only cause the dreaded afternoon slump. And in that afternoon slump is where we tend to reach for that bag of chips or candy bar. It’s kind of crazy the domino effect that starting our days off on the wrong foot can do.
So we decided that in order for us to make actual lifestyle changes ~ we needed to find a way to make our favorite foods healthy and on that same note, find ways to make healthy foods taste good!
Oats are where we began! Just by switching out our morning cereal for some oats we drastically cut down our morning sugar intake, added some well needed fiber, and in turn ~ we were FULLER for LONGER. But it didn’t take long for us to get over the taste of just plain ole oats, as I’m sure you’ve experienced! So we started playing around with different items: nuts, seeds, nut butters, honey, granola, fruits, protein. Thus was born…
Everything you need packed into one bowl of oaty goodness!
A – Almond butter! Because who doesn’t love almond butter anything!? Plus it adds some protein which will help you focus better and improve your concentration. Which is helpful when you’ve got a long days work ahead! Be sure to use a no salt added blend to avoid unnecessary sodium intake. I also prefer to use crunchy almond butter for a little added texture to my oats!
B – Banana! Looking for an instant energy boost? Bananas are your answer. So by adding them to your oats in the morning before you start your day is a sure fire way to have a productive day without feeling sluggish. They also provide fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, B6, and magnesium (plus many more!). Not sold yet? Bananas can also lower your risk of heart disease, improve metabolism, & fight anaemia! All of this, for just 90 calories. Count. Me. IN!
C – Coconut Manna (butter)!! **Different than coconut oil ~ although you can use coconut oil as a substitute, but trust me you want to experience the magic that is coconut manna! This delicious food is made of dried coconut meat that is then blended to make a creamy butter that is much sweeter than coconut oil. You could spread it on toast, substitute it for any cream, or even just enjoy it straight out of the jar! Now let’s talk about the benefits: it’s rich in lauric acid which can boost immunity and fight infections, it’s full of essential amino acids, it can boost your metabolism which means it aids in weight loss, plus it’s chock full of healthy fats to keep you energized and FULL!! Need I go on?
We finish it off with some optional local organic honey and of course some chia seeds for added omega-3’s and we’ve got ourselves the perfect balanced breakfast.
- 1/2 C Rolled Oats
- 1 C Almond Milk
- 1 Banana
- 1 TBSP No Salt Added Almond Butter (Crunchy, if you like that sorta thing)
- 1 TBSP Coconut Manna (You can substitute coconut oil here ~ but it’s better with coconut manna!) (ps, you can find coconut manna near coconut oil in most grocery stores!)
- 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
- 1 TSP Local Organic Honey (optional)
- Heat almond milk on high
- Once boiling, add oats and reduce heat to medium
- Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Remove from heat and cover for 3 minutes
- 2 OPTIONS FOR BANANA – Option one: In a separate bowl, mash banana with a fork until creamy. Option two: While still in the peel, squeeze banana up and down (being careful not to break the peel) until it gets semi mushy. Then add it to oats and mush it around in the oats until the mixture is smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir and ENJOY!
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