The only thing I love more than breakfast is second breakfast. My lifelong passion for porridge probably stems from the fact that it continues to be the food that makes me feel best throughout the day. Why has breakfast been deemed the most essential meal of the day? What you put in your body first each day determines how your energy levels will fluctuate. So if you begin your day with a spike of sugar, your body becomes 4 times more sensitive to metabolizing sugar and carbohydrates throughout the day. And conversely, if you start your day with protein and fat, not only are you fueling your body’s immune system and aiding in detoxification, but you’re also giving your brain a quickly bioavailable fuel source.
Understanding the necessity for a nutritious breakfast is step one, but how many days in a row can you eat eggs without feeling over easy? One out of four people has a sensitivity to eggs, leaving them bloated and struggling to digest. Then there is the ever-so-popular protein-packed Greek yogurt, but with many having an aversion to dairy and its inflammation-causing properties, it also might not be your best solution.
So this is where Amaranth comes into play. Amaranth is a gluten-free pseudo seed, similar to quinoa but easier to digest, and it is both satiating and energy-inducing. What makes this pseudo seed so great? It has a well-balanced carbohydrate to fiber ratio, plus it’s less carb-dense than oats.
Try this recipe for a warming, nutritious, and protein-fueled start to your day. And the best part: you can make a few servings at a time and store them in your fridge for an easy breakfast solution on busy mornings.
1 cup amaranth porridge
2 cup coconut milk (cashew/almond milk)
Note: non dairy milk should have no more than two ingredients
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Tumeric
1/4 tsp Cardamom, ginger, nutmeg
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup Goji Berries
1/4 cup Almond slivers
1/4 cup desiccated Coconut
1 Tbsp butter (or coconut oil)
Step 1: Bring coconut milk up to a simmer
Step 2: Add all ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes
Step 3: Let stand for 5 minutes and if using honey, wait for it to cool slightly before stirring in.
Step 4: Add protein
You get 10g of protein from the amaranth, so here is where you can decide how to get even more.
For an added boost of protein:
and if your digestion allows
– an egg
– greek yogurt