Goooood morning. Literally. The baby slept so good last night, and I feel well rested today. I oil pulled while I meditated and started my day with lemon water. Which is kinda funny.
Ok this is funny because it sounds so “health coachy of me” but let’s be real. This happens MAYBE once a month, or once every two months. We all have intentions for creating very ideal morning routines, but sometimes life just doesn’t lend itself to that. Most mornings it’s sort of a rush to clean the house and throw together a good breakfast while the baby sleeps and maybe I’ll get to do my hair and makeup too kinda thing. Which it totally OK! The point is that if you are aware that you want to have a morning where you meditate everyday, or oil pull, or remember to drink your lemon water, then those rituals will become habits slowly over time, even if it happens once in a while.
One thing that I always always always do though every morning is eat a really good breakfast. On one hand, I do this because it’s my favorite time of day, and also my favorite meal of the day. I always wake up really hungry in the morning and have to eat something really filling (and usually a lot of it) to stay full for the morning. Enter my new fave oatmeal combo Coconut Raisin Oatmeal.
I originally started putting together this combo for breakfast during the third trimester of my pregnancy for a few reasons. First, the daily breakfast of my second trimester which consisted of greek yogurt with granola and fruit wasn’t tasty anymore to me (thank you hormones), and second, I knew in the third trimester, my blood volume would nearly double, which increased my need for iron rich foods (enter cacao, & raisins), the baby’s brain develops the most in the third trimester, therefore I added the coconut milk and walnuts, which are full of amazing plant based fats perfect for this task, and the addition of hemp seeds and chia seeds added tons of protein for myself and the baby. I was going to call this recipe Pregnancy Oatmeal, but honestly, it’s so good for you pregnant or not. And it’s a particularly good dish for the cooler months because it’s warming and comforting.
Here is a little bit about the ingredients and why they are so good:
- Coconut Milk-(the canned kind, not the carton kind)-full of vitamins C, E, and all the B vitamins, which means it’s great for energy. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut milk help increase metabolism, and help the body feel full
- Hemp Seeds-contain a 3 to 1 balance of omega 3s to omega 6s. High in GLA (gamma linolenic acid) which helps to balance hormones. Full of protein
- Chia Seeds-they also have the omegas, and contain a large amount of fiber and protein
- Cacao-full of magnesium, potassium, fiber, and most importantly, antioxidants. They help to elevate your mood and can help relieve depression
- Raisins-full of fiber, provide large amounts of energy. Contain catechizes, which are antioxidants that devour free radicals. Full of calcium and boron, which help prevent things like osteoporosis
Coconut Raisin Oatmeal
Serves 1 (double if making for 2 people)
- 1/2 cup oats, (steel cut, rolled, whatever you have on hand)
- 1 cup water
- handful raisins
- hemp seeds
- chia seeds
- cacao nibs
- scoop of full fat canned coconut milk
- flax seeds
Cook oatmeal according to the directions on the package, or add 1/2 cup oats to a pan and add 1 cup of water, cook on medium heat on the stove until soft and all the water has been absorbed. Next, scoop oatmeal into a bowl, and add the above ingredients in whatever quantities you want. Arrange the toppings in a cool way so it looks dope for your instagram. SUPA easy and delish!