As a food blogger who gets asked almost every day, "how are you not fat?" I must stress that it is important to, yes, eat healthy. It's all about moderation, my friends. But eating healthy does not mean you have to neglect your tastebuds or that you can't be creative. In fact, I love the challenge of trying to create delicious, healthy recipes in addition to my ridiculous Reese's Oreo Nutella cupcakes or Poptart icebox cakes. When I'm supposed to be doing work or anything productive, I always procrastinate by playing with ingredients in my kitchen. Over the past few weeks I avoided doing homework by playing with oats and super food powders in the morning. Yes, super foods. WTF are they you ask? They are (according to Google) "nutrient-rich foods considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being." I don't know why, but I always found super foods to be intimidating. It's like they think they're better than regular foods or something. But one day I decided I needed to face these over-priced super foods and make some super breakfasts. Because I like quick recipes and user-friendly ingredients, I decided to just buy super food powders instead of the foods themselves. For me, it was the same difference.
Now, I present to you these 3 super food oat breakfasts that will make you forget that you're being healthy. Have fun.
Mocha Latte Overnight Oats
Cacao contains natural chemicals called flavonoids, an antioxidant compound that is linked to many health benefits.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 tbsp chia seeds (I used a chocolate chia seed blend: Ruth's Hemp Foods Chia Goodness) 2 tbsp cacao powder 1/4 cup cold brew coffee (or just iced coffee) 1/2 cup almond milk Cinnamon to taste 1 tsp agave nectar (or more depending how sweet you want)
Optional: Chocolate chip granola bar
1) Throw all ingredients into a jar.
2) Mix them until blended.
3) Seal the jar and leave overnight.
4) Wake up and open the jar.
5) Stir the overnight oats -- they should be creamy -- and top with granola bar chocolate chips or anything really that suits your fancy.
6) Eat. (I recommend drinking a side of coffee just to be festive).
Banana Pie Overnight Oats
Maca is a root that belongs to the radish family. It has vitamins, minerals, amino acids, cholesterol-controlling sterols, and antioxidant compounds. It's also known for increasing stamina, sex drive (!) and more.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup almond milk 1 tsp maca powder 1 large banana Cinnamon to taste Maple syrup to taste
1) Cut 1/3 of the banana and blend it in a food processor until it's a purée.
2) Put oats, almond milk, 1 tsp maca powder and banana purée into a jar. Mix.
3) Add 1 to 2 tbsp of maple syrup (taste for your level of sweetness).
4) Sprinkle cinnamon to taste.
5) Mix it all thoroughly and leave in a sealed jar over night. Refrigerate the rest of the banana in a bag.
6) Wake up and mix the oats to make sure they are creamy and delish. Slice the rest of the banana and put on top.
7) Drizzle some maple syrup for fun.
Açai Blueberry Probiotic Oat Pancakes
While Açai powder is not as nutrient-dense as the berry itself, the powder still does have some benefits such as being high in dietary fiber, iron, calcium and vitamin E.
1 cup oats (whatever kind you want...I used Quaker Old Fashioned) 2 tsp açai powder 1 cup blueberries 2 egg whites 1 cup almond milk agave nectar to taste (probably around 2 tsp) Lifeway Kefir low fat blueberry or strawberry probiotic smoothie granola (optional)
1) Take your cup of oats and grind it into a powder with a food processor, Magic Bullet, blender or what have you.
2) Pour the oat flour into a bowl and whisk together with açai powder, almond milk, and egg whites. Add agave nectar for sweetness -- I would say around 2 tsp but I always kind of just go instinctively and would advise you to just taste how sweet you would like them.
3) Add blueberries to your batter if you want...or don't.
4) Pour batter onto a skillet and flip.
5) Stack the pancakes one by one, putting blueberries and/or granola in between each pancake.
6) Drizzle with probiotic smoothie.