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12 Oh So Pretty Wholefood Breakfast Bowls Made In Under 5 Minutes

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Its an opportunity to start the new day fresh with wholefood nutrition and erase the mistakes of yesterday. The first meal of the day can go a long way in resetting your appetite and eating habits if you are a little choosy upon rising.

Vegan Banana & Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl by Cristina
Vegan Banana & Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl by Cristina

Choose to start the day off right with a well-balanced nutritious meal that will fuel your body with natural energy and goodness all the way to lunchtime.


I know for some people, they just can't stomach a main meal first up, while others wake up simply ravenous. No matter how you roll in the mornings, giving your body a dose of good nutrition after a night of 'fasting' is a healthy habit to get into. It helps to rebalance your blood sugar levels, wake up the digestive system and set your appetite for the entire day.


Wholefood Breakfast Recipes


The following recipe roundup will inspire you to make better food choices for breakfast than a takeaway coffee or drive-thru maccas. I promise these recipes are not too complicated nor do they require great culinary skills. In fact, I have purposely chosen a really simple and easy menu you can rotate each week. But enough chit-chat, let's dive in (because I'm hungry)...


2 Minute Chia Pudding Recipe


Chia pudding is ridiculously easy to make and an ideal choice for those busy mornings where you just want to grab something nutritious and go. Here's how I make it followed by some more recipe inspiration to help you mix it up each day with delicious, wholefood breakfasts.


CHIA PUDDING RECIPE

  • 3 tablespoons chai seeds, white or black

  • 250ml plantbased or dairy milk

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp Dutch cinnamon, ground

  • 1-2 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (optional)

Add all the ingredients into a 300ml mason jar. Whisk well to ensure the chis seeds do not clump (can be impossible to separate otherwise). Add the lid and store in fridge overnight (or for 2 hours) to set. In the morning top with a blob of your favourite yoghurt, fresh berries, a spoonful of wholegrain granola plus nuts and seeds. Delicious!


Growing up in North America, peanut butter and jam sandwiches were a staple in a kids' life. This recipe is a little taste of nostalgia for me but is so good, I am sure it'll become of your favourites too!


Skip that sugary latte and enjoy a little expresso in your smoothie instead. This is a great way to enjoy more nutritious wholefoods for breakfast while still getting that little caffeine kick.


Chia seeds when prepared as a low-carb pudding make for a filling, high-fibre feed that will help balance your appetite, reduce food cravings and keep you energised all the way until lunchtime.


Quinoa & Almond Butter Overnight Oats by Donna Hay
Quinoa & Almond Butter Overnight Oats by Donna Hay

Quinoa is an excellent breakfast grain just like oats. You can batch cook it and freeze portion-sizes for a quick warm breakfast. Add a splash of your favourite milk and fruit.


Smoothies Make Mornings Sexy


Nothing beats a smoothie for a super fast and easy nourishing meal. They are made in a matter of minutes and provide your body with all the nutrients you need to kick off your morning with natural energy and wholefood nutrition.


MY BASIC SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 250ml milk (I use oat or almond, unsweetened)

  • 1/2 banana (frozen is best and creates a creamy texture)

  • 1-2 scoop of protein powder (I use @AussieBodies 'Nourish" which is dairy-free)

  • 1-2 tsp chai seeds (these provide trace minerals and heaps of fibre)

You can add just about anything else to this base including fresh or frozen fruit, greens, veggies (yes I said veggies. I use raw cauliflower, cooked sweet potato and raw broccoli to name a few). Blitz on high in a Nutri-Bullet and enjoy over ice or as a smoothie bowl.


Have your first serving of greens for the day at breakfast. Smoothies make it super easy to stuff a heap of the green stuff into your body (without the taste). Don't be shy to try greens like kale, watercress, spinach, red leaf lettuce, beetroot leaves, and swiss chard.


Blueberry Almond Milk Smoothie by Nourish & Fete
Blueberry Almond Milk Smoothie by Nourish & Fete

Blueberries are a natural source of essential dietary fibre, vitamins and super loaded with antioxidants. They add a lovely subtle flavour to smoothies and also make fabulous toppings to smoothie bowls.


If you love avocado, you haven't lived until you try one in a smoothie. The thick, creamy texture of avocado gives recipes like this one an almost mousse-like texture.


Making Breakfast Oh So Pretty


So, now that you have tried a few chia pudding and smoothie recipes, why not combine them into one nutrient dense meal? Its easier than you think and makes for such a pretty breakfast.


Half & Half Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie by Virpi Mikkonen
Half & Half Chia Seed Pudding Smoothie by Virpi Mikkonen

This is such a fun and nutritious way to enjoy both high-fibre chia pudding and a wholefood smoothie for breakfast. Halve the recipe and whip up your favourite smoothie or nice cream. Add to a small bowl and pour in a half serving of pre-made chia pudding. Top with a little crunchy granola.



Benefits of Oatmeal Bowls


Oats are one of the healthiest of grains and a fantastic source of essential vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and antioxidants. As far as grains go, oats are gluten-free and help support weight loss, naturally lower your blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of heart disease. All good reasons to add this cheap, densely nutritious grain to your breakfast menu.


A small warm bowl of oatmeal with a blob of yoghurt is a little like having dessert for breakfast. Oatmeal is a super quick, high-fibre meal and can be batch cooked to save your time in the mornings.


Easy Oatmeal With Banana & Raspberries

Easy Oatmeal With Banana & Raspberries by Two Spoons
Easy Oatmeal With Banana & Raspberries by Two Spoons

As I said, dessert for breakfast. This banana raspberry recipe (pictured) is definitely just that with a creamy texture and lightly sweetened flavour. Yum!


Start Looking Forward To Mornings


The only real reason you need to eat, is to fuel your body with all the nutrients it needs to glow and thrive. You eat to give yourself the energy to study, work, play, and feel your best. Create a menu of nourishing meals that are quick and easy to make every day so your mornings become something fun to look forward to each day. What deliciousness will you make today?


Healthy + happiness,

Emma Lisa xx


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Guest
Feb 10, 2022

Oh so many delicious recipe to try, thank you Emma!!

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Emma Lisa
Oct 31, 2022
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Thank you, so glad you liked it...stay tuned for more!

Health + happiness,

Emma x

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Guest
Nov 01, 2021

Hi Emma, than chia pudding recipe was so yummy! I even got my kids and hubby to eat it, winning!! We added a bit of grated chocolate tot he top... I dont feel bad about that as the rest was so healthy. Thanks again for the recipes, learning heaps! - Jana xx

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Emma Lisa
Oct 31, 2022
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Thank you, so wonderful to hear feedback on how you are going, Jana...You got this!! Be sure to stay tuned for more!

Health + happiness,

Emma x

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Sep 02, 2021

Thanks Emma you just gave me a week of awesome recipes to try! Jill x

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