It’s Time to Start Your Day Right

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This article was written by Nicole Muniz @nicoleodeaneats

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day…no questions asked. 

What you eat not only fuels your morning, but it also influences your perception and motivation for the day. With the intention to remain on a health kick, some people tend to choose a nutritious but boring meal. Although a simple scrambled egg with toast might be a safe choice, what about variety? 

Prior to the pandemic, you could argue that your limited time in the morning didn’t allow you to cook…but you can no longer use that excuse. Now is the time to wake up early in the morning eager to try new recipes. Luckily, you won’t have to spend endless hours on the internet searching for inspiration because I already did all the work for you. I am not a nutritionist but these recipes are all composed of nourishing ingredients and I’ve done in depth research regarding the serving sizes of each ingredient. All you need to do is stop feeling intimidated by your cooking abilities and scroll down. 

I could provide an endless amount of recipes, but for the sake of space and time…I’ll share my top three favorites. If you’re interested in finding a wider variety, just visit my instagram food blog @nicoleodeaneats

Disclaimer: I am the type of person who craves a sweet breakfast, so the recipes you’ll find below meet this criteria. Also, all recipes below yield one serving, so just modify the ingredients for sharing. 

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats with Cacao Nibs & Raspberries (Plant-based)

If you’re up to date with food health trends, then you’ll know what overnight oats are, but if you’re not, it is an honor to be the one to introduce you to this life changing recipe. In essence, overnight oats are simply oats that soak in liquid (usually nut milk) overnight to soften and acquire a porridge-like consistency. Including all the benefits porridge has to offer, it is time saving and there are endless variations you can try. However, you can never go wrong with peanut butter, chocolate, or raspberries. Most importantly, the high fiber content (beta-glucan) and ability to soak water, result in its filling power that will leave you feeling satisfied. 

All you need to do is add all these ingredients to a container and leave it overnight in your fridge. Brace yourself for an amazing breakfast the next day!

Base of Overnight Oats 

  • 6 TBSP Rolled Oats – or more depending on how hungry you get in the mornings. 
  • 1 TBSP Chia Seeds
  • 1 TBSP Ground Flax Seeds 
  • ¾ Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk 

Peanut Butter Oats 

  • 1 TBSP Peanut Butter (my favourite is ManiLife’s Deep Roast) 
  • 1 TBSP Maple Syrup 
  • ½ TSP Ground Cinnamon 
  • Topping – 1 TSP Cacao Nibs (or Dark Chocolate) and Handful of Raspberries 

Almond Butter Quinoa Bowl with Banana & Coconut (Plant-based) 

Ok…hear me out. Quinoa may sound too exotic for your breakfast, but this simple ingredient is a complete protein (all nine amino acids), is rich in dietary fiber, contains iron, is rich in magnesium, and more (Link). As a Peruvian myself, I was born and raised with the power of this grain. Do you need more convincing? 

Ingredients

  • 6 TBSP of White Quinoa (uncooked) 
  • ½ Cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk + ½ Cup of Water 
  • 1 TBSP of Almond Butter 
  • 1 TBSP Ground Flax Seeds 
  • 1 TBSP Maple Syrup 
  • ½ TSP Ground Cinnamon 
  • ½ Banana (cut into slices) 
  • 1 Handful of Coconut Chips (my favourite brand is Urban Fruit)

Instructions:

  1. In a small pot, add (uncooked) White Quinoa with ½ Cup of Almond Milk and ½ Cup of Water. 
  2. Add Almond Butter, Flaxseeds, Maple Syrup, and Cinnamon. Cook in low heat for about 8 minutes until quinoa is ready. 
  3. Serve in a bowl and top it off with Banana and Coconut Chips. 

Banana Pancakes with Peanut Butter & Blueberries (Vegetarian) 

Over time, pancakes have (sadly) acquired an unhealthy connotation. What some people overlook is that there are ways to modify the generic recipe into a nourishing meal… enter Banana Pancakes. We will be substituting flour for rolled oats, therefore, your breakfast will include all the benefits this ingredient has to offer. The eggs and peanut butter will be responsible for providing the protein and ensuring that this meal is filling and nourishing. 

Without further ado, these are the ingredients you’ll need: 

  • 2 eggs 
  • 6 TBSP of Oats 
  • 1 TBSP Flax Seeds 
  • 1 Banana 
  • 1 TSP Ground Cinnamon 

Toppings 

  • 1 TBSP Peanut Butter (my favourite is ManiLife’s Deep Roast) 
  • 1 TBSP Maple Syrup 
  • 1 Handful of Blueberries 

Instructions:

  • Add all ingredients (excluding the toppings) to a blender and mix all together. Tip: make sure to add wet ingredients first and then dry.  
  • Preheat your pan. If you have a non-stick pan, no oil is necessary, but if not just add coconut oil to avoid the mix to stick. 
  • Add mix according to the size of pancakes you want. Flip and serve. 
  • Top it off with Peanut Butter, Maple Syrup, and a handful of Blueberries. 

That’s all for now. If you’d like more visual inspiration visit @nicoleodeaneats or watch my new “What I Eat in a Day” video on Youtube

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