Super Seed Breakfast Bowl
My daily breakfast bowl – it’s sort of like yoghurt with granola, but on superfood ‘steroids’ and easier on the jaw. Recommended by my medical herbalist to reduce excess oestrogen, I added my favourite energy-enhancing, stress-relieving and hormone-balancing superfoods (optional).
- 250ml dairy-free yoghurt
- 2 tbsp seeds (I use sunflower and sesame)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- Handful of berries
- Small handful of almonds
- 1/2 banana
- 1-2 teaspoons of psyllium hulls or slippery elm powder*
- DIY Granola or toppings such as coconut flakes
- Superfoods of choice such as bee pollen or goji berries.
- Ideally, soak the almonds overnight – but don’t let that stop you from having this today.
- You can blend some berries with the yoghurt if you’d like (I use frozen berries for blending and fresh for topping), though I enjoy plain yoghurt as it’s good for getting your taste buds attuned to less sugar. Pour your yoghurt into a bowl.
- Coarsely grind the seeds, almonds (and psyllium hulls if you’re using them) and then add the ground mixture on top of the yoghurt. (You can use the grinding blade from your blender or coffee grinder.)
- Sprinkle any powder you are using (such as slippery elm and or superfood powders) over the ground seed mixture.
Serving suggestion: Top with fresh fruit or berries and any superfoods such as bee pollen and goji berries and consume with a turmeric/curcumin supplement.
Turmeric, or specifically curcumin extract, is renowned for its anti-inflammatory effects on the body. As turmeric is fat-soluble, optimise absorption by taking your turmeric or curcumin supplement with fat. This breakfast bowl contains healthy fats in the forms of yoghurt, nuts and seeds.
If heavier foods make you feel fatigued, this is a lightweight option that is easy on the digestive system – in fact, don’t be surprised if it wakes up a sleepy digestive system (chia seeds I’m looking at you).
If you’re not keen on chugging a seed and superfood mash-up in smoothies, and I don’t blame you, this is an ideal alternative. Ground seed mix is much nicer to eat with yoghurt and the roughly chopped almonds add just enough crunch.
Hormone Balancing Seeds
Both sunflower and sesame seeds promote the production of progesterone, which can help to balance the hormone levels – particularly key since endometriosis is linked to an oestrogen dominance.
Ground seeds become rancid quickly
so make fresh daily.
Similarly to maca, though perhaps less well known, bee pollen is used as an all-around energy aid and stress-reliever.
It is considered one of nature’s most complete foods as it possesses nearly all the nutrients we require.
Bee pollen is a source of protein and also contains vitamins (inc. B-complex), minerals, co-enzymes and amino acids.
First-time users are recommended to start with 1 single piece of bee pollen under their tongue to check for any intolerance, before increasing the amount taken the next day.
I purchase my bee pollen from LiveMoor.co.uk, a natural living store that’s just down the road from me on
the edge of Dartmoor.
Do not use if you are allergic to pollen
or are pregnant.
Slippery Elm Powder
A popular ingredient in herbal remedies, slippery elm is touted for its wonderful soothing, strengthening and healing qualities. Plus, the name just makes me laugh every time I hear it, always a good thing!
If you are on medication, taking slippery elm in tandem can decrease the effectiveness of your medication.
WebMD recommends taking slippery elm at least one hour after you take your medication to prevent this interaction.
An adaptogen, maca helps the body to cope with stress and restore overall balance. It’s often suggested for those with adrenal fatigue as it supports the endocrine system and boosts
energy and stamina.
Due to maca’s hormone balancing properties, hormone-sensitive conditions can be affected. It’s wise to consult with a medical herbalist or naturopath in this instance.
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