I don’t know about you but I am definitely one for a warming breakfast on winter mornings. My appetite seems to be at its highest in the mornings and it will usually crave something satisfying yet light and nutritious. As you probably know I am a proponent of a more Natural WholeFoods diet a la Primal or Paleo. So these ideas will be along those guidelines……
The best way to start a cold winter morning is with a warming cup of coffee. Here is my seasonal recipe for a satisfying warming cup.
- Half cup of Coconut Milk
- Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cloves and Cocoa
- Shot of Espresso (a few spoons of Instant Coffee will do in a rush)
- Raw Honey or Xylitol
Now the way I do this is by heating the coconut milk in a pan until it starts to give of some steam (keep stirring). Add the Spices to a Mug/Thermos in generous portions, Add the Coconut Milk, Shot of Espresso on top. Give it a good stir. Mix in the optional sweetener and top with a sprinkle or Raw Cocoa.
Here you have a nutritious warming drink that will:
- Provide you with Anti-Oxidants (Coffee, Cocoa and Spices)
- Healthy and Nutritious Fat (Coconut Milk)
- Warm you up (The spice mix is terrific for this)
Thats it simple and easy, A terrific way to start the day and get you warmed up and alert for the day. The other thing that is perfect about this is that it will give you energy to get through the morning until you have time to have a proper breakfast. Also its cheap probably costing $1 maximum to make whereas a Cappuccino from Starbucks is triple that, and once you stick it in a thermos you are good to take it with you!
Apple, Berry and Cinnamon Pancakes
This is easier than it sounds but does take a little time to prepare. Perfect for those cold mornings where you are craving something sweet but still want a healthy protein, good fat and anti-oxidant punch.
- 2 Eggs and a couple Egg Whites
- Mixed Spices (As above)
- 1 Tbsp Flax Seed
- Coconut Milk
Thats it, mix this all together throughly and put to one side. Now its time to prepare the filling. Simple Slice up some Apple and grab some Berries, throw them in a hot pan with some coconut oil and cinnamon then pan fry until the apple browns and the berries start to soften. Put this to one side and use the mix above to make Omelettes.
Once the Omelettes are made add the filling and fold. Your done, amazing and nutritious warming winter pancakes. Fold up stick in a tupperware and your good to hit the road.
Banana & Almond Cottage Cheese
This is an amazing quick recipe that tastes like cheese cake when done right the flavours compliment eachother perfectly, a real treat and a healthy protein packed way to start the day. It also makes for a great post workout meal as the startchy banana will replenish glycogen stores.
- 1 Cup Cottage Cheese (Pick a High Protein Variety)
- 1 Small Banana
- Handful of Almonds
- Coconut Oil and Cinnamon/Nutmeg
That is all you need for the recipe and it takes under 5 minutes to prepare and cleanup. Simply fill a cup or bowl with the Cottage Cheese and set to one side. Heat a frying pan and add 1TSP of Coconut Oil, wait until it has heated through and add the sliced up banana, almonds and spices. Fry until browned and throw onto the cottage cheese, and your good to go! The beauty of cooking with Coconut oil is that it makes the pan so easy to clean, making the whole dish quick and mess free…..
Portable Pumpkin Pie
Last but not least the humble Paleo Pumpkin Pie reciepe. This is an unltraportable mix which needs two main ingriedients Canned Pumpkin and Powdered Protein the rest is pure improvisation but here is the reciepe I enjoy.
- 1/2 can of Canned Pumpkin
- 2 Scoops of Unflavoured Whey Protein
- Handful of Pecans
- Ground Flax Seed
- Handful Frozen Berries
- Pumpkin Spice Mix (Cloves, Cinnamon, Nutmeg)
- 1 Raw Egg
Thats it. Mush it all together and take it with you or enjoy at home with a cup of Coffee. Its a quick breakfast that gives that satisfying out of a bowl feeling while being healthy, packed with fiber and anti-oxidants!