Are you trying to cut down on your caffeine intake?
Are you ready to take the leap and find a replacement for your morning half-almond, half-soy, no-fat strong latte with half an equal?
When you're in a rush (like, every morning), do you sometimes run out the door, get on the bus or hop into your car and only then, remember that you’ve forgotten to eat breakfast; the meal that you’ve always heard is the most important meal of the day? But hey somehow, you've convinced yourself that that's life - you don't have time for silly things like feeding yourself or sleep anymore and that's okay! It's hard being an adult...
Does it really have to be this way?
What if we can find a way to boost your energy and feed you in the morning all before the craziness of the day begins?
Replace your coffee and get your breakfast fix with a Chia and Berry Overnight Breakfast Jar.
It’s basically pudding for breakfast.
I know what you're thinking... do go on.
This is the kind of breakfast you can make the night before and then wake up and reach for. How easy is that? It’s breakfast-in-a-jar that is not only #instagramworthy but delicious and healthy. It's almosttoo good to be true.
So, what is in this creation I speak of?
Chia seeds. These little guys are small in size butHUGEin terms of their nutrients. They’re packed with omega-3’s, antioxidants, fibre, calcium and protein. Chia seeds can even help boost the immune system and burn fat. They provide a great burst of energy that won't end in a slump because of their great protein-fat-fiber ratio. Unlike some breakfast foods, chia seeds won’t spike your blood sugar or insulin levels.
I’ve also added cinnamon to the mix, a spice that’s known to help reduce blood sugar levels and even decrease your likelihood of developing heart disease. A combination of these two means you won’t have an energy slump like you would with coffee, and end up reaching for another coffee or chocolate bar from the vending machine.
Another reason to swap your coffee for chia seed pudding is that you'll also be upping your hydration levels! To make overnight oats, you need to combine it with a milk of your choice. This means you’re also getting the added benefit of hydration, calcium and proteins.
Okay, you get it, it’s pretty healthy but… how does it taste?
I’ve added raspberries and blueberries, two fruits that are loaded with polyphenols and antioxidants to help you burn fat and because well… they’re tasty. They’re also low in sugar and provide a burst of flavor in our pudding. Don't forget the optional nuttiness of nut butter and crunchiness of coconut flakes.
This breakfast is paleo-friendly, vegan-friendly, dairy-free and gluten-free. The only thing it's not free of is taste! It's a perfect balance of creamy, fruity and sweet.
So, it's time to throw out that coffee machine, say goodbye to morning tummy grumbles and start your day on the rightfoodfoot!
Chia and Berry Overnight Breakfast Jar
½ cup fresh or frozen raspberries, plus extra to serve
½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries, plus extra to serve
Pharmacy and supermarket shelves are packed with a myriad of herbal remedies for common ailments, especially with winter on its way.
On closer inspection these products are mostly derived from non indigenous plants, which have a long history of medicinal use in Europe.
We need to embrace of NZ native plants.
For instance, Murdoch Riley’s book “Maori Healing and Herbal” has pages of medicinal information, reflecting the depth of Maori knowledge developed over centuries of observation and use.
These plant remedies are still widely used today, by both Maori and pakeha (non Maori) the ritual and spiritual aspects are still relevant in Maori communities.
But we don't use them??? I think knowing about their special properties enriches our experience of native plants, and provides another reason to keep biodiversity in Aotearoa.
Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum, or pepper tree)
Kawakawa is an easily recognized shrub, with aromatic, heart-shaped leaves, that grows widely in coastal regions.
Kawakawa gives us a clue as to why the first arrivals here from Polynesia called it that. The leaves are like its relative, kava (Piper methysticum), used widely in the South Pacific, Kava has a narcotic effect.
Kawakawa leaves are highly valued for relieving bronchial complaints. Boil a handful of the fresh, young leaves in a small saucepan of water for 15-20 minutes, then drink half a cup of the liquid to relieve chesty coughs.
To make a distinguished tea, for use as a general tonic, it’s best to dry the leaves first, then use a small quantity in a teapot. It’s very good for relieving indigestion.
The fruits and leaves were chewed for toothache – swallow the saliva and keep the leaf matter in your mouth for some time. (The active ingredient is myristicin, which is related to eugenol, a dental analgesic)
Kawakawa leaves were commonly used in hot baths for rheumatic and arthritic pains.
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