The Breakfast Bowl
In today’s post, I’d like to talk to you a little bit about something that is essential to my daily life. That is, my breakfast bowl.
I almost never go a day without it. There are so many combinations and flavors that it can have. It’s so versatile and you really can make it your own each and every morning. I have so many good things to say about breakfast in general (obviously the best meal of the day), but a breakfast bowl simply cannot be beat.
Anyways, now that I’ve gone on about how much I love breakfast bowls, I should probably get into my favorite combinations and concoctions.
First Up: The Oatmeal Bowl—
An old favorite. Last year oatmeal was my go-to almost every single morning (it’s true, just ask my roommates). Lately I have not been as into it, but I definitely do still have it every now and then, probably like once a week. The picture on the left is from last year and it was what I had each morning: rolled oats, just covered with enough water to cook them fully in the microwave for 2 minutes (I like it really thick), topped with a scoop of plain non-fat Greek yogurt, whatever fresh fruit or dried fruit I had that week, bee pollen/chia seeds/flax seeds, and a drizzle of honey. Last year was when I realized how much I loved dried figs, so after this picture you can really see how often I ate them. I usually like to eat either chia seeds or flax seeds with my breakfast because it increases satiety, but sometimes I do put bee pollen instead, and that helps with allergies! The picture on the right is exactly the same as the first, just plated differently and covered in almond butter instead of honey.
The middle picture is actually from a few weeks ago when I was at home. Lately I’ve been making my oatmeal on the stovetop, which gives it a bit of a creamier consistency. I boil rolled oats and water on the stove with some cut up banana, maple syrup, chia seeds, and lots of cinnamon until the oats have soaked up all the water and are fully cooked. Then I like to top it with some fruit and a scoop of peanut butter. Nut butters are another way to increase satiety and add some more protein to your breakfast. My favorites are peanut butter and almond butter, but any will do (including sun butter for those of you with nut/peanut allergies!). Plus, they add delicious flavor to any combination.
My Summer Bowl—
Okay, so if you know me you know that when I find something that I really like, I obsess over it and eat it constantly until I get really tired of it. That is why some of these sections are labeled by the season, because I ate these specific combinations almost every single day in that season. This past summer I kept switching between yogurt and oatmeal, but kept the toppings almost exactly the same every morning. On the left is a microwavable oatmeal base (cooked the same as above), topped with bananas, strawberries (I always had a berry on there for lots of fiber!), dried figs, chia seeds, and peanut butter. On the right is a plain non-fat yogurt base, topped with granola, bananas, blueberries, dried figs, and chia seeds.
My Fall Yogurt Bowl—
As I said before, sometimes my breakfast changes with the seasons. I love Fall flavors and foods, so trying different fall-ish things out in my yogurt bowls this Fall was so much fun. Although I do eat plain Greek yogurt, I like adding different things in to change the flavor up without all of the added sugar in store-bought yogurts. In both of the pictures above, I added a spoonful of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice to my plain yogurt for some Fall flavor! On the left, I topped it with homemade granola, dried figs, roasted and chilled sweet potatoes (roasted in cinnamon and coconut sugar), a banana and an apple, both cooked on a stovetop with cinnamon. Sweet potatoes might seem like a weird thing to add to a sweet bowl of yogurt and fruit, but trust me on this one. Also, with how cold it was this past Fall, I got really into putting warm cooked fruits onto my bowls to counteract the cold yogurt. In the picture on the right, I have more stovetop cooked apples, pumpkin seeds, a scoop of almond butter, and a crumbled up pumpkin breakfast cookie (you can check out the recipe here!!). Writing about these bowls is seriously making me miss all the yummy Fall foods…
Homemade Granola Bowls—
Something I really got into this year is homemade granola! I never noticed throughout the years just how much added sugar there is in granola, something that has such a “health halo” around it. A year or so ago when I finally realized, I always made sure to buy granolas with the least amount of sugar I could find, but they still had more than I really like. So, this led me to start making my own granola, and honestly it’s so easy and fun! I can customize it exactly the way I want and have complete control over the sweetness of it. The bowl above is featuring my new favorite raw granola recipe, which I will share in a blog post very soon! My favorite baked granola recipes are this one, which is great because it is so customizable and is delicious with anything, this dark chocolate cluster one, by Rachel Mansfield, and this almond butter cluster one, by Erin Lives Whole. The options are endless when it comes to homemade granola, and trust me, you’re not going to want to buy it from a store after you make it yourself.
Yogurt bowls without granola is something I’ve really been into lately. My new favorite thing is instead, putting different baked goods on my yogurt bowls. On the middle and the right I have a cut up slice of banana bread along with all my fruit, seeds, and nut butter. On the right I have blueberry/coconut baked oatmeal cup, recipe from Erin Lives Whole, except I added the coconut (again, I love her recipes). I also topped it with Weller CBD infused coconut bites! These coconut bites have seriously been one of my favorite snacks lately. They come in original, caramel, and dark chocolate flavors, and all of my followers can get an extra 20% off with the coupon code livinwith_laura20 (on top of the 20% off you can get by subscribing to their emails!!!).
The Oatmeal/Yogurt Combo—
A new favorite of mine is, get ready…oatmeal and yogurt…in the same bowl. What a concept. I was totally inspired by EatsbyAmes on Instagram, but again, I love being able to customize this however I want to! In my bowl I have microwaved cinnamon oats, plain nonfat Greek yogurt, strawberries, bananas, blueberries, chia seeds, and a big scoop of peanut butter. This was definitely the move that has gotten me back into oatmeal lately. It’s also really great because the oatmeal, peanut butter, and chia seeds help keep you fuller for longer (perfect for a long day of classes or work) and the yogurt has some great probiotics. Plus, we can’t forget the fabulous fiber and tons of other nutrients in the fruit! One thing that makes me really sad is when people trying to lose weight are convinced that fruit is bad for you because it has a lot of sugar. That is SO NOT TRUE! The fructose in fruit is not harmful because it’s natural! Fruit also contains so many other vitamins and minerals that are essential to the body, but so many of us still don’t reach the our recommended daily amount. Moral of the story: eat yo’ fruits.
I hope this post has inspired you all to go all out and make yourself a yummy breakfast bowl tomorrow morning! If you do decide to recreate one of mine, or something similar, post it on Instagram and make sure to tag me @livinwith_laura . I love to see what you guys come up with!