The summer is on faya! As we way too quickly approach the halfway mark of this sweet, sweet summer, I sit here thinking- where on earth has it gone? The last week, as I have been busy as ever riding this healing train after that accident last week (And thank you so, so, so much for your love and healing vibes- they're working over time, let me tell you!), the last thing I've felt like doing is spending hours in the kitchen cooking. I know you hear me, my sweet outdoor sunshine lovers!
It's a bit of a catch-22 summer style when all the great fresh local produce is abundantly available, and yet, no one wants to be inside cooking it.
My go-to always becomes going raw. Not fully, 100% or anything unsustainable like that (yep- I went there), but getting creative with raw goodness makes things quicker to cook, quicker to clean and cooler to eat.
Yesterday Jen shared some info with us about the hoof content of Lucky Charms. Okay- maybe there is no proof of hoof, but I feel it. I feel the gallop just thinking about what goes in that crap cereal dressed up as "fun for breakfast".
In the summer, though, cereal can easily become a quick and easy, no cook, no clean go to.
Refined flour of any kind for breakfast is actually rather insane. It sets your blood sugar up for a massive spike, followed by the inevitable drop that will most likely find you craving sugar all day, grazing all day, having trouble sleeping, collecting junk in the trunk and then craving the same sugar breakfast the next day. Who wants to ride that uni-cycle on a one way path to poor eating, depressed immune function and a spare tire around the middle? Not I, says this nutritionista, and not you either 'cause I be saying so!
There is a rather interesting history to the breakfast cereal that you can read about here. And wouldn't you know that it began with the first vegetarian movement in the 19th century? Whoever decided that people were better off eating refined grains as a meal must have been soaring on a sugar high. It's not a good idea.
That doesn't mean a morning porridge or quick cereal is out of the question. You know I am a super fan of a good bowl of Super Powered Oatmeal, but I do also like to get creative.
What if we want a quick and easy cereal type breakfast but also want the fuel? We go to our friends from the market or produce aisle. These friends are the beets and apples, maybe a dash of citrus peel, and a fave cereal go-to ingredient, some shredded coconut.
This is brilliant right? Make it. Eat it. Send me love letters covered in prints from your beet stained fingers.
5 Reasons To Love Beets
- Buy them fresh now, store in a cool dark place and they'll be great for months
- Power pack that fibre for a great morning... um... movement.
- Let me introduce you to Glycine Betaine- keeps the blood flowing and reduces risk of clots, heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular diseases (this means it can help prevent and rectify, or should I say 'e-rectify', erectile dysfuntion.
- Super source of vitamin C- powerful antioxidant that helps stave off many things, including sun damage.
- Rich in B-vitamins including Niacin (B3) and Pantothenic Acid (B5) which keeps our nerves calm and smiles on our faces.
- 1 cup beets, grated
- ½ cup shredded dried coconut
- ½ cup apple, cut into matchsticks
- 1 Tbs orange or lime zest
- ¼ cup fresh berries
- pinch of sea salt
- 2 Tbs hemp seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon, or more/less to taste
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- Mix together beets, coconut, apple, orange zest, walnuts, berries and sea salt.
- Sprinkle with hemp seeds and a few extra walnuts.
- Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Eat fresh or store for later (best enjoyed the same day).