I'm going to go ahead and start this post with complete and total honesty (per the usual, duh)--- but I gotta tell you, this wont be a household favorite for a lot of people. I dont think so anyway. For me, I put together the things I thought could work best to help my life and to hopefully make this taste good. Well, it wasn't that bad (I'm really selling you on this right) and/but I knew it was really good for me, so this became an instant win. And after a bit of time--- well luckily, I started really craving this (sort of weird) morning taste! And after a month of eating this meal every morning? I noticed I had a lot more energy, my gut was working a lot better, my pms seemed less aggressive, and I felt overall better! This is probably/mostly due to the spirulina, but still, this or some variation of this meal will be a staple in my life now.
So whats all in this seaweed green crazy bowl? So many healthy things! Unfortunately this is probably not one of the meals you can look at the ingredients and think, "Oh I have this stuff! Let me make today!" but there are a few things you should totally consider adding! Maybe check out the post, learn about each thing-- and see what things (if not all!) you might like to add to your morning routine and go from there!
steel cut oats! like my other oatmeal go to breakfast, this recipe starts with a base of steel cut oats. We make big batch once or twice a week to reheat in the morning as needed. I talked a lot more about steel cut oats in my last post, but a quick recap: steel cut oats are a prebiotic which is absolutely necessary for healthy gut digestion! Basically it feeds all the good bacteria keeping everything moving. Try to buy a GF kind when possible-- and ALWAYS buy organic! I absolutely recommend soaking your oats in water (1 to 4) for 12 to 48 hours before cooking! Keeping in a warm place helps the fermentation process. This step helps break down the physic-acid making the oats much easier to digest. Be sure to drain the water, rinse well, and start with a fresh batch of water when cooking!
spirulina! the superfood of superfoods. I added spirulina to my smoothies way back in the day when I managed a health food store-- it was always on hand and easy to dump on in the blender. My days of smoothie and spirulina stopped after that and haven't come back until recently, but I'm SO happy I brought it back into my life. Yeah, it's super weird tasting (for me and most I've talked to anyway), but the benefits are crazy! It really helps give your immune system an extra boost. It's got a bit of protein (hooray!) and super dense in tons of other nutrients like, iron, b vitamins, potassium, selenium, calcium, and on and on and on. But one of my favorite things about spirulina is it's detox effects (due to the chlorophyll)! It really helps to clean out the body/blood of excessive toxins. The only trouble with this is that, like with any detox, it can make you feel rather sick at first so you have to start slow. No one likes a healing crisis, but getting through the initial crumminess of any detox is absolutely worth it. If you haven't bought the detox e-book yet, there's a whole section on the effects of detoxing and how to ease them :) If you absolutely hate the taste, you can also buy it in capsule/tablet form. But for me, like I said, the taste is starting to grow on me! Also, I'd rather take anything in powder form since I know my gut and body will have an easier time processing it :) I personally buy this brand, but I'm sure there are plenty of good ones!
slippery elm! I used to just add this to my water to drink throughout the day, but I found it just as easy to add the scoop to my breakfast. Slippery elm is an herb harvested from the bark of (you guessed it) an elm tree. It aids with cough by coating a sore through and helps with IBS, gerd, or other stomach annoyances by coating the gut. really, it's just a super easy powdered herb to add to your everyday life.
protein powder: well, I still don't love the idea of protein powders-- I much rather have more natural forms of protein, but I still do use it daily to give myself an extra boost since the c. diff disaster. For this recipe, I use the vanilla flavored variety. I always by a grain free, sugar free, soy free option. And again, always organic. I usually buy this brand because it has added enzymes (also needed for digestion) and probiotics blended in.
bee pollen: not vegan, depending on who you ask. If you're okay with bee products, I recommend trying it as a topping for this recipe (or any of your oatmeal recipes). I also recommend getting some from your local bee farmer-- for a few reasons. One, like honey, having a local variety will help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. And two, chances are your local farmer is going to be a whole lot more loving to his few bee hives. If you cant find a farmer, you can of course always order some online. I would personally probably buy one of these two brands: one and two.
papaya! last but not least, papaya! I think at this point, it's pretty common knowledge that the enzymes in papaya make this fruit a wonderful digestive aid. In general its best to eat fruit on an empty stomach (fruit ferments a hell of a lot faster than other foods). But this is true especially with papaya since you'll find it helps aid in your digestion if you have it pre-meal. For me, I just like to top it on my first meal of the day-- two birds one stone, right? side note: the first of our papayas started growing this week on our trees! eeeee! can't wait! It's sort of silly how hard it is to find organic papaya here-- even though it grows in every other backyard!
papaya seeds are great to fight parasites--- but I wouldn't recommend em for eating otherwise ;) scoop em out!
-1 1/2 cups prepared steel cut oats
-1/2 - 1 scoop your favorite non dairy vanilla protein powder (to taste)
-1 heaping teaspoon slippery elm powder
-1 to 1 teaspoons spirulina powder (to taste)*
-almond milk, water, or your other favorite non dairy milk
-bee pollen for topping
-few slices or cubes of papaya for topping
-optional: a few tablespoon coconut milk yogurt, dried shredded coconut, kiwi, or your other favorite tropical fruits!
-add steel cut oats + a bit of milk (or water) to a small saucepan and heat. how much milk or water? well, thats sort of up to you! Alex likes his oatmeal THICK while, I like mine more of a thinner consistency. However you like it is fine, but keep in mind, it'll thicken up A LOT when adding the powders!
-turn off heat and transfer to serving bowl
-mix in slippery elm, protein powder, and spirulina, adding more milk if necessary. You can add in a few tablespoons of coconut yogurt here, if you'd like!
-top with papaya, bee pollen, and whatever other yummy toppings you'd like!
*as mentioned, spirulina has a lot of detoxing properties! if you haven't detoxed recently, have been eating a diet high in processed foods, or maybe just in general to be safe, start adding it your life slowly. It can give you about 3 days to a week of healing crisis symptoms (flu-like, pimples, tiredness, etc) and thats no fun. But as mentioned, this happens in any natural detox, it's a good sign! You're healing--- keep going!
ps. check mirror after eating and before leaving your house. You don't want to scare your friends or co-workers with green lips or tongue ;)
I hope everyone who celebrates had an amazing week! Ours was low key and pretty good ;) I definitely ate a few more foods that I could have avoided and I'll assume you guys did too--- this recipe would be great way to reboot now! Why wait for the first of the year? :)
And this. She likes *helping*--- it's pretty awesome. Happy monday, friends.