With winter coming, easy and nutritious breakfasts are important for a healthy immune system, digestion, and your circulation!
So being the friendly naturopath I am, below are just three ideas to help spark the imagination 🙂
Try adding some of the warming herbs and spices (listed below) to help stimulate your circulation, support your immune and gastrointestinal systems and provide a yummy breakfast that you will look forward to each day!
Method: Use 1 part rice to 7 parts water, set the crock-pot to low and leave over night.
Or if using the stove, simmer on low for 2-7 hours or until rice is well cooked.
Add herbs and seasonings to taste.
Oats in a jar
- ½ Cup oats
- 100ml yoghurt/kefir/milk of your choice
- Fruit and herbs to taste
Method: Place oats and liquid in a jar before you go to bed, leave to soak overnight. In the morning heat gently and add fruit and herbs, put back into jar and take with you.
Warm Chia Pudding
- 1 ½ C of milk
- ¼ Cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon golden flaxseeds (optional)
Method: combine seeds and 1 Cup of milk. Leave for at least 15 minutes or overnight. Heat the porridge over a medium heat with the rest of the milk, add herbs, spices and fruit to taste.
Warming Ingredient Ideas:
Try adding some warming herbs and spices to your morning meals 🙂
Cinnamon, Ginger, Chinese dates, Cooked apple (Rose, 2016), basil, black pepper, cayenne, garlic, hyssop, juniper and rosemary (Holmes, 2006).
White pepper, walnuts, green onions, chili peppers, nutmeg, squash, sunflower seeds, chestnut, clove, coconut, dates, chives, mustard green, turmeric (Wong, 2016).
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