Breakfast always seems to be the meal we skip most. We either don’t have the time or we don’t have the appetite. I’ve done it. I’ve been there. I even thought my morning soy cappuccino and croissant during a rush hour commute was fine. Maybe it is for some. Maybe it was for me at the time. But what I can be certain of is that before now, nothing has ever compared to this nourish bowl.
Over the last six weeks, I have been making a massive effort in the kitchen. I’m also listening to my body more. And yet I still keep coming back to this nourish bowl recipe. It must be good, right? The recipe is pretty self-explanatory so let me tell you about what goes into it that makes it so good!
I use half a Granny Smith apple in my nourish bowl. Apples are known to perk you up quicker than coffee, although that’s basically due to the sugar rush. There are 10g of sugar in a whole Granny Smith apple (just in case you are limiting your sugar intake).
About half a banana, sliced, goes into the bowl and offers the benefits of potassium, fibre, low GI and a serotonin boost, among a whole range of vitamins and minerals. Potassium is essential for muscle and nerve function and can help with muscle cramps after exercise. So eating this nourish bowl after a morning workout would be perfect. Additionally, eating this before exercise will provide a sustained energy release.
I’ve tasted a lot of coconut yoghurts and by far my favourite is Nakula (retail price $5.50 – $7.50). It’s essential to my nourish bowl. And why is it so good? It tastes rich but light, thick but so smooth and velvety. The higher fat content than other yoghurts doesn’t worry me. These are medium chain saturated fatty acids, better converted to energy and less likely to be stored as fat. A nutritional profile full of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins and calcium – I’m happy to forfeit the protein in favour for this cruelty-free dairy alternative.
Quite possibly my favourite nut and not just because I love Brazil. The unique taste and texture of Brazil nuts is the perfect indulgence to me. Which is why they’re essential to my nourish bowl. Just three nuts contain your recommended daily intake of the mineral Selenium, which is essential to thyroid function.
I use the unsalted, raw variety of peanuts for maximum nutritional value. Containing essential nutrients like niacin, magnesium, vitamin E manganese and a whole lot of protein, peanuts keep you feeling satiated. Another reason why this nourish bowl is packed full of health keeps hunger at bay and ensures long lasting energy.
This nourish bowl wouldn’t be complete without essential Omega-3 fatty acids for brain and heart health. Packed with iron and calcium too, this whole food is the perfect complement to this vegan dish. There may be some hype about chia as a superfood but it has been around for a lot longer than the trend. I think it was in ‘Born to Run‘ that I first read about chia seeds as they helped maintain a runner’s energy and hydration over long distances. Immediately, I took this advice and literally ran with it.
Because it tastes so delicious! I think you might have to eat quite a lot of it to gain any of the reported health benefits. For the small amount in this nourish bowl, it’s just enough to say that there is Vitamin C to support and contribute to a healthy and balanced diet. Mostly it’s in the dish because it’s delish!
Totally optional. I only use around five or so for a little extra sweetness. As honey is off limits on a vegan diet and I don’t want to use any other kind of ‘sweetener’, I find grapes the perfect amount of low calory sweetness while also contributing to the intake of many nutrients mentioned above.