Don’t settle for just a bowl of yogurt when you can make this filling yogurt bowl, loaded with oats & coconut then topped with warm berry compote and sweetened with an agave drizzle.
I’m going to take you back for a moment (some of us a little farther back) to remember your childhood and what your mother or father would tell you about breakfast. They probably said that it was the most important part of the day, right? And,,,, more than likely, we tell our kids the exact same thing, but do we actually “eat” what we “preach”?
Breakfast is designed to supply a third of the macro and micronutrients your body needs to run without a hitch. It prevents growling stomachs, low blood sugar shakiness, or wandering attention to keep you from nailing those big goals you’ve made for yourself.
Your body deserves so much better than that, and so do you!
One of the best – and most fun – ways to find out which foods serve YOU most powerfully is something called the breakfast experiment. I did this little experiment myself when I was getting my Health Coaching Certification and frequently encourage my clients to do this as well. This is how it works:
For one week, eat a different breakfast each day. Record in a notebook what you ate, how you felt immediately after the meal, and how you felt again two hours later. I have also done this with my children and it’s interesting to see how differently, each of their little bodies responded. It has also helped me gauge what keeps them full until lunch and kept them focused during class time, so I can encourage better choices in the morning.
This is the breakdown:
- Day one: toasted oat yogurt bowl (take me there now)
- Day two: scrambled tofu (or eggs for my vegetarian or non-allergic friends)
- Day three: smoothie (my Superfood Mocha Smoothie is our favorite)
- Day four: oatmeal (check out my Superfood Overnight Oats recipe, it’s yummy)
- Day five: sprouted bread with Avocado (several recipe ideas here)
- Day six: muffin and coffee (these Banana Muffins are a healthier option)
- Day seven: fresh fruit or fresh vegetables, can be juiced (my Glowing Green Smoothie is like a juice, but made with a blender)
I’m going to get you started with Day 1- Toasted Oat Yogurt Bowl.
If you have time, you could make your own yogurt, like Allergy Free Alaska’s Easy Instant Pot Coconut Milk Yogurt, but if that’s not an option, So Delicious Dairy Free has a delicious dairy-free yogurt. I always have this on hand for yogurt bowls, smoothies, or even to use as a hot breakfast topping.
Put It All Together
Now that you have the base of the toasted oat yogurt bowl, you only need a few more things. Gluten free rolled oats, unsweetened coconut, fruit, vanilla extract, agave and chia seeds. I forgot about all the cacao nibs in my pantry when I first made this, so if you like a touch of bitter chocolate, pull those out now too.
Lightly toast your oats and coconut in a dry pan on medium then divide into 2 bowls. Top with yogurt.
Return your pan to heat and add your berries, a splash of water and some vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and allow the juices start to run out and the berries to pop. Now, top your yogurt with the berries. Add your sliced bananas, a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of agave. If using chia seeds, add a sprinkle on top to finish it off (this is when you add the cacao too!)
That’s an easy and healthy start to your morning routine!
- 1 C. Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- 1 TB. Coconut Shreds, unsweetened
- 1/4 -1/2 C. Dairy Free Yogurt (So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla)
- 1/2 C. Berries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/4 tsp. Pure Vanilla extract
- 1/2 Banana, peeled & sliced
- 1 TB. Lemon Juice
- 1 Tsp. Chia seeds
- Place oats in a medium sized frying pan on medium heat. Add coconut shreds and toast until light and golden.
- Tip oats into 2 bowls and top with yogurt.
- Return pan to heat and add berries with a splash of water and vanilla extra.
- Bring to a light boil for a few minutes and allow the berries to pop and liquid become absorbed.
- Spoon berry mixture over yogurt with remaining liquid.
- Top with sliced banana, a squeeze of lemon & a drizzle of agave.
- Sprinkle of chia seeds.
The Experiment Results
Feel free to repeat the experiment for another seven days with different foods each morning. Which breakfasts made you feel energized? Which ones didn’t? After the experiment, try adding in more of the foods that made you feel great!