Blueberry & millet porridge

Millet porridge is a healthy way to start your day. If you are looking for a warming and filling breakfast, this vegan, gluten free porridge, is it!

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I won't write a super long post about why you should eat millet, because honestly, I don't know a whole lot about it. I'm usually eating regular oatmeal whenever I eat porridge but recently I've started to eat warm porridge EVERY(!!) morning and therefore feel the need to mix things up a little. :P What I do know is that millet is a great source of magnesium and phosphorus, responsible for repairing body tissue and rebuilding cells in the body. It also taste wonderful, kinda like if rice, quinoa and potato would have a baby!

Blueberry & millet porridge
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Blueberry & millet porridge with cinnamon pan seared banana

Time: 20 minutes, Yields: 2 medium portions

INGREDIENTS

  • 0,5 cup millet
  • 1,5 cups oat milk or your choice of plant-based milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon and/or cardamom
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp vegan butter

Toppings

  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 banana + cinnamon and some vegan butter
  • an extra splash of oat milk, nuts, seeds, granola, berries... Whatever toppings you prefer

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse the millet, then place in a small pot with the milk, spices, blueberries and salt.
  2. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes. Stir in the vegan butter and a little extra milk if needed to make it creamy.
  3. In a saute pan over medium heat, add some vegan butter and melt. Add the cinnamon and stir to combine. Add the banana and cook until a light caramel forms. About 3-5 minutes.
  4. Serve with your fave toppings. (I used 2 dried figs, 1 tbsp almond butter, seed granola, cashew yogurt and the pan seared banana)
Blueberry & millet porridge
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I know that this breakfast bowl looks really luxurious. But the fact is that it doesn't take more than 15-20 minutes to make it! One thing that I always keep ready in my kitchen is homemade granola. If you wanna make one too I can really recommend this one.

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Enjoy!

Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

Maca will support your body’s own production of numerous hormones, increasing or decreasing their levels according to your individual needs.

This magical smoothie is boosted with delicious raw cacao and the sweet-tasting South American  adaptogenic root called Maca. Maca helps support the body’s own production of numerous hormones, increasing or decreasing their levels according to your individual needs.

What does adaptogen mean?

Adaptogens are natural substances like herbs and plant extract that increases the body's ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and promote or restore normal physiological functioning.

Think of adaptogens like a thermostat. The keep your body’s stress response at a desirable level, much like the way a thermostat keeps the temperature from becoming too high or too low. They’re good for you all the time, not only when you have a high level of stress.

I'm not really stressed, one might think. I'm sure you feel that way and it might be true for some people but most of us are kind of semi "stressed" all day long. Think about stress as what is commonly called your “fight or flight” response. Today, most of us don’t have to worry so much about lions or other obvious dangers like that. However, most modern-day stresses are ongoing. Like sitting at your comuter and working on a project with a deadline. When your adrenal system remains in a constant active state, it throws your body out of balance. Constant stress can create a lot of imbalances in your body, especially on your digestive system and energy levels.

Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie
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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp ashwagandha*
  • 1/2 tsp reishi
  • 1/2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
  • pinch pink Himalayan salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If you prefer it sweeter add a banana or another date. If you prefer it thinner add some almond or oat milk. This serving serves two small glasses or one big.

* Ashwagandha Dangers for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Plain and simple, please do not use Ashwagandha during pregnancy. There is evidence that it could cause miscarriages. I don’t know enough about the effects of using this herb during breastfeeding. It may be unsafe. If you are trying to become pregnant or if you have had previous miscarriages in your life, Ashwagandha is not for you. It's natural and safe to use if you're not taking any medication. But with that being said. It's very powerful.

adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie
Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

The small adaptogen pantry. This choloate smoothie is a pretty basic smoothie that I drink quite often. I sometimes make it green with plenty of spinach and kale instead of raw cacao, but one thing that's always the same is my adaptogens. These are 4 of the adaptogens that I use on a daily basis.

Maca

Some women get life-changing results from maca and others feel worse. If you are thinking of trying it or have tried it in the past with mixed results, try different phenotypes (colors of maca) and change up the amounts, dose can make a big difference. Phenotypes, the different color types of maca contain some different active ingredients which trigger specific health benefits. Maca is a nutrient-rich root that is known to relief PMS, help with libido stimulation and balance Peri- and Menopause.

Reishi

Also known as the “mushroom of immortality,” reishi is a Chinese herbal mushroom that comes in six different types. The most potent variety, red reishi, is used for it's immune-boosting properties. Reishi mushroom benefits the liver and heart organs foremost. Reishi is able to down-regulate alpha-glucosidase, the enzyme responsible for breaking down starches into sugars. This magic mushroom has also shown to help with kidney problems and wound healing in diabetics.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda (a form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing). Many of it's health benefits are attributed to the high concentration of withanolides, which have been shown to fight inflammation and tumor growth. In a controlled study of chronically stressed adults, the group that supplemented with ashwagandha had significantly greater reductions in cortisol than the control group. The group taking the highest dose had a 30% reduction, on average.

Ceylon cinnamon

Cinnamon is known to have an anti-diabetic effect. It helps lower blood sugar levels and also can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which is the vital hormone needed for keeping blood sugar levels balanced.

Adaptogenic Chocolate Smoothie

I try to avoid too much fructose in my smoothies. As you can see in the recipe, the base of this smoothie is zucchini instead of the more common base of bananas. What I love about zucchini as a smoothie base is that it's completely natural in flavor but still creamy in texture. So it's perfect for those of you who doesn't really like that banana flavor that overshadows pretty much anything.

I also try to add as much good fats to my smoothies as possible. Nut butters, seeds, full fat coconut milk and algae oils.

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I hope you'll enjoy this thick and creamy chocolate smoothie. If you're one of those people who doesn't like thick smoothies, be sure to add some water or plant milk to make it thinner.

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Enjoy!

Golden milk Oatmeal

Golden milk Oatmeal

Cool weather calls for warming foods! Golden milk oatmeal is the ultimate winter breakfast!

Hi Guys! Golden milk oatmeal is just as epic as it sounds!
I made a pretty awesome breakfast last week and of course I'm gonna share it with you!

It's a pretty basic oat porridge that I topped with vegan coconut citrus yogurt, chai-spiced granola, frozen dates and of course my favorite milk!

Golden milk Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS

Oatmeal (super basic)

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • pinch salt

Coconut yogurt

Golden milk

  • 1 ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder (optional)
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch ground clove
  • 1 cup plant based milk

Toppings

  • granola
  • almond butter
  • frozen dates or figs
  • puffed quinoa

DIRECTIONS

  1. Boil water, oats and salt in small saucepan.
  2. Lower heat as it starts to boil. wish from time to time. The oatmeal will be ready within 5 minutes, take away from heat before, if you want the texture to be less firm.
  3. Use any yogurt and add lemon zest and juice for taste.
  4. Heat the milk and wish in the spices. Use a milk frother if you like.
  5. Top your porridge with your favorite topping or use the same as I did. I strongly recommend the frozen dates!
Golden milk Oatmeal
Golden milk Oatmeal

This breakfast has so many different textures and flavors and it will create a beautiful symphony in your mouth! You can of course follow a recipe like this to the point, but most of all I want to awaken your creativity and inspire you to create something awesome!

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Thinking new thoughts and testing new ideas is good for the brain. Making a creative breakfast is the best way to start of the day! If you ever try yogurt on porridge don't forget to tag me! #happyhealthrecipes or #happyhealthblog. Kisses!

Banana split Oatmeal with roasted almonds

Split the banana in half and carefully braise it in some maple syrup, coconut oil and cinnamon...

This is a real luxury breakfast meal! It's a mix between the fried banana that you get with ice cream at Chinese restaurants and a very simple yet delicious oatmeal. I topped it off with some roasted almonds and a vegan Nutella!

Banana split Oatmeal with roasted almonds

Banana split Oatmeal with roasted almonds

Time: 20 minutes, Yields: 2 medium portions

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups almond milk or any milk + some more for serving
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Pan fried banana

  • 2 small bananas
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Toppings

  • 1/4 cup almonds, chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegan Nutella
  • maple syrup to taste (optional)

Directions

  1. In a sauce pan add your rolled oats. Bring to medium heat and toast quickly. Stirring often until it begin to provide a nutty aroma (3 minutes). Add almond milk, add cinnamon and a pinch of salt and stir.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Add more almond milk if desired for preferred consistency. Remove from heat.
  3. Add coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon to a skillet and bring to med-high heat. Cut the bananas in half down the center and place the open side facing down. Fry each side for 1-2 minute, or until golden.
  4. Remove from skillet and add the chopped roasted almonds. Roast the almond in in the oven (approx. 3-5 minutes) or buy the already roasted ones.
  5. Pour porridge into two bowls and top with fried bananas. Drizzle with maple syrup (optional). Sprinkle with toasted almonds and a small spoon of vegan Nutella.
Banana split Oatmeal with roasted almonds
Banana split Oatmeal with roasted almonds

As you may know, bananas are nothing I eat regularly anymore... but every once in a while I like to really make something nice out of it, since I do like bananas A LOT!! :P So rather than mixing them in a regular smoothie as i used to, I make myself a real treat like this one.

A lot of people DM me asking why I've stopped eating bananas and also why Banana-less recipes has seemed to take over their whole Instagram feed. And the Short answer is: I have been seeing a Nutritionist and bananas, fruits and refined carbs are not very good for me since have some hormonal imbalances in my body. So: No I don't hate bananas, I just don't eat them daily as I used to... If you're interested and like to red more about this you should check out this post.

Banana split Oatmeal with roasted almonds

This delicious porridge is a perfect breakfast for the weekend. Warming, filling, comforting and extremely tasty! It take a few minutes extra but it's definitely worth it.

The yummiest seed crackers ever

These gluten free crackers are extremely delicious and slightly addictive, you might not ever have to buy crackers again!

The yummiest seed crackers ever

When I'm creating recipes I can tell pretty fast if a recipe will become a staple item or not... This is definitely one of them. Before even posting this I've made several batches, wrapping them up and giving them away as gifts to friends and family. This is just like granola, hummus or peanut butter, you should have a big batch ready made in you pantry at all time!

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Ingredients

  • 1,5 cup flax seeds
  • 1,5 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup sesame seeds
  • 3,5 cups boiling hot water
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 cup corn flour
  • 1 tsp salt + some to sprinkle before baking

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 200°C. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl, pour the boiling hot water last and mix to combine. Leave for 15 minutes for flax seeds to soften and bind everything together.
  2. Spread the mixture onto a parchment paper lined tray using a large spatula. Use another parchment paper on top to spread out the mixture thin. No higher than 5 mm. Score the mixture by pressing a sharp knife down to create lines. This will make it easier to break into evenly sized crackers after cooking.
  3. Sprinkle with some flaky sea salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes. (watch the crackers carefully the last 5 minutes, they can burn quickly. Especially if you have an uneven oven.)
  4. Remove to a rack to cool then store in an airtight container.
The yummiest seed crackers ever
The yummiest seed crackers ever

When it comes to health and diet, one simple piece of advice is more relevant to ALL people than anything else: Eat more fiber! People are so concerned about proteins when in fact, fiber is something that most people are deficient in while protein is the exact opposite. 

Fiber is a carbohydrate found in plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Unlike other carbs, it isn’t digested by your body so it passes quickly through your system without causing your blood sugar to rise.

These crackers are great for balanced blood sugar levels and contain both sources of protein, zinc and good fats.

The yummiest seed crackers ever

I'm very sure that once you try this recipe you will appreciate it as much as I do! The great thing about these crackers is that you can get a fair share of flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds without even thinking about it!

Porridge Inspo

Sweden is getting colder and my body is really craving warm comforting food right now!

Hi Darlings! I've been having crazy cravings these past days! All I think about is a warming winter bowl of breakfast porridge. This might seem silly since I'm not even eating breakfast! As a matter of fact I've been doing intermittent fasting for about 6 months now and I usually eat my first meal around 1 or 2 in the afternoon. But I'm planning to try out 7 different porridge's this following week! And of course I'll need some inspiration! Here's a few breakfast porridge's that makes my head spin like crazy with inspiration and that are 100 % drool worthy!

Click on the images to go to the recipes.

Blueberry Amaranth Porridge + Caramelized Ginger Kumquats - The Green Life

Pumpkin Pie Amaranth Porridge - My New Roots

Raw Buckwheat Porridge De Luxe - Green Kitchen Stories

MILLET PORRIDGE WITH KIWI & PEANUT BUTTER - Cashew Kitchen

Breakfast quinoa flakes w/ stewed blackberries + flowering basil - Dolly and oatmeal

Fried Banana & Almond Maple Porridge - Two Spoons

What do you guys think? Any of these that you'd like to try and also do you have a favorite porridge and if so let me know in the Comments!