In my group nutrition programs, I help people ditch the sugar and processed foods and transition to a real-food approach to eating. Without a doubt, the number one question I get asked as people are going through this process is "what on earth can I eat for breakfast?!"
This mango + coconut chia pudding is the perfect dessert for summer barbeques, and it's so healthy you could even eat it for breaky!
When my boyfriend asked what I was making (he got excited when he saw the mangoes) and I replied with 'chia pudding', he was pretty quick to let me know he wasn't too keen on chia.
But then he tried some. And quickly changed his mind.
Corn fritters are my favourite thing to order when I'm out to breakfast at a cafe. But it's so easy to make cafe-quality corn fritters at home!
This salted caramel nicecream is heavenly, and even better... Its guilt free!
2 small frozen bananas
1 tbsp coconut oil
5 pitted dates
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Small pinch sea salt
Raw cacao nibs to serve
Throw all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. So easy!
This smoothie is so delicious, you won't even notice the greens! Super-thick 'ice cream' consistency (like all my smoothies), it makes the perfect summer breakfast on the run!
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 tsp maca (optional)
1 cup organic baby spinach
1/4 cup coconut water
Throw coconut water and spinach in blender first and blend thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Top with fresh fruit and raw cacao nibs for crunch!
One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is to wake everyone up with pancakes first thing in the morning. I have tried so many different recipes, and this simple recipe is my favourite - nut-free, requires few ingredients, and the pancakes are so fluffy and delicious.
4 heaped tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp lemon juice
rind of 1/2 lemon
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup raw grass-fed butter or coconut oil
Fruit and raw honey to serve
1. Add eggs, coconut flour and lemon rind to a mixing bowl. Add baking soda to mixture and directly drop lemon juice onto baking soda to allow activation (your own little science experiment!). Mix thoroughly to combine.
2. Preheat a non-stick frypan to medium heat.
3. Melt 1 teaspoon of butter or coconut oil to coat the pan.
4. Add a spoonful of batter at a time to pan until you reach your desired pancake size. 5. Cook pancakes until golden on the bottom, and then flip and cook until golden on the other side.
6. Continue until you have used all of the mixture, continuing to add butter or coconut oil between cooking each pancake (for extra-golden pancakes!).
7. Serve right away with fresh fruit and a drizzle of raw honey.
I always wake up hours before everyone else on the weekend! So sometimes I have a sneaky pre-breakfast smoothie! This smoothie was a real treat. I love chai tea, and the flavour really added something to this frothy smoothie.
1 large frozen banana
6 tbsp coconut milk
1 chai teabag handful of ice
1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
1. Brew chai tea and allow to cool.
2. Throw tea, banana, ice and coconut milk in blender.
3. Serve with raw cacao nibs. Delish!
I love granola! I always keep some homemade granola on hand for breakfast on the run or grab a handful for a quick afternoon snack. But my favourite thing to do is make a super thick smoothie and sprinkle granola on top for crunch! This granola is quick and easy, requires few ingredients and can be tweaked to suit your tastebuds.
2 cups cashews (or nuts of choice)
2 cups sunflower seeds
3 cups coconut flakes
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 heaped tbsp cacao
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
If you prefer it sweet, add 2 finely chopped medjool dates/1 tbsp raw honey/chopped dried figs or apricots
1. Roughly chop cashews. Add all dry ingredients and dates and/or honey to a large pot and stir through.
2. Melt coconut oil on stove separately and add to dry mixture.
3. Place pot on low heat on stove, continuously stirring, for approximately 15 minutes or until mixture is lightly toasted.
4. I served mine with macadamia milk, a dollop of Coyo and some strawberries!
I love my smoothies THICK! And with added crunch. This breakfast smoothie is a regular favourite during summer. I always keep the fridge stocked with a variety of frozen fruits, and also freeze things such a spinach and coconut milk to add to smoothies and prevent food wastage!
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup macadamia milk (or milk of your choice)
1 egg (don't eat raw eggs too often, may lead to biotin deficiency)
1 tsp maca powder
2 brazil nuts (daily dose of selenium!)
Dash of ground cinnamon
Homemade paleo-friendly granola
A few strawberries and 1/4 ripe banana to serve
1. Thouroughly blend banana, blueberries, macadamia milk, egg, maca and cinnamon. Should produce a thick 'ice cream' consistency.
2. Pour smoothie into a bowl. Top with sliced strawberries, banana and granola.
3. Eat with a spoon! You won't get through this super thick smoothie with a straw!