Improved Nutrition, One Meal at a Time
However, just by making some simple adjustments, I've noticed a huge difference in not only the way I look but also the way I generally feel. Yeah, I have more energy/regularity/strength, but I also feel better emotionally. Less tired, less cranky and less blah.
Overall, the changes I made to my diet weren't that difficult to sustain because they were small and I made them one meal at a time. I also experimented to find new flavors and textures that were better for me, but still great tasting. This superfood bowl is certainly that.
The inspiration behind the superfood breakfast bowl
The inspiration for the breakfast superfood bowl came from this old Bethany Frankel video from way back. Before she became a bazillionare. She talked about this bowl being her staple morning go-to while filming Stewart's Apprentice.
I love me some Bethany Frankel - she's real, hilarious and she appreciates healthy food as much as I do. Check out this pre-Skinny Girl kitchen. Certainly nothing like the one she has now!
Tips for Preparing Your Breakfast Bowl
The only tricky ingredient in this bowl is the chia seeds. They need time to soak and soften. If you just eat them right away, they'll just end up all over your teeth, so don't do that to yourself. You can make this recipe the night before, but hold off on adding the quinoa and coconut flakes as they'll get soggy.
My process is to prepare the mixture before my morning workout. Then I back to it once it's all soaked up and ready for eating. It's not a long wait - 15 minutes, max. You can also make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for a few days!
What you'll need to make a Superfood Breakfast bowl
There are a lot of superfoods out there, so feel free to adjust this recipe to accommodate your own personal favorites. You can add individual superfoods like maca powder or raw cacao, or opt for a superfood blend that has over 100 different superfood varieties already in it.
Or, you can do as I've done in this recipe and keep it simple! Here's why I like this particular combo:
- The chia seeds gives the pudding extra texture
- The flax seed is so good for regularity!
- Coconut milk keeps it light
- Quinoa adds a nice crunch (but you can leave it out if you want to keep this recipe lower carb)
- Fresh fruit just because it's awesome
- Protein powder because you don't want to be hungry an hour later 🙂
Other simple ingredients to try are nuts, seeds, or a little vanilla extract if you're feeling fancy.
Make it low carb
This recipe has about 23 grams of net carbs, so if that feels like too much for you, just omit the quinoa. I like this recipe with quinoa as it gives it a great texture, but it's also wonderful without it.
Are you on the 21 Day Fix or Ultimate Portion Fix Meal Plan?
One serving is 1 red, .25 purple, .5 yellow, and 1 orange.
Here's what it looks like without grains (total net carbs are 17 grams).
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- Macadamia Nut Butter (<- ridiculously good)
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 tablespoons chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon flaxseed
- 2 tablespoons shredded coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 2/3 cup coconut or almond milk
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries, your choice
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 - 2 sachet of stevia
- Mix the chia, flax, protein powder and almond milk together and let stand for 15 minutes until chia seeds soften.
- Add stevia to taste (or none at all if you prefer)
- Add to bowl with cooked quinoa and top with coconut flakes and fresh berries.
If you want to keep this recipe lower carb, you can skip the quinoa, but I prefer to keep it in. It adds a nice crunch.
You can opt out of the protein powder, but I find it keeps me full longer.
You can soak the mixture overnight, but I recommend that you don't add the quinoa until you're ready to serve.
Nutrition InformationYield 382 Serving Size 1 Servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 382Total Fat 16.9gCarbohydrates 36gNet Carbohydrates 23gFiber 13gProtein 24.8g
Caren is a certified yoga teacher, fitness instructor and author of The Fit Habit. Here she shares simple, low carb recipes, quick home workout ideas and practical ways to foster mind + body wellness.