Sunday, 5 February 2017

Post Work-Out Breakfast

In September I started working out with a personal trainer. I finally admitted to myself that I was desperately unfit and that I really needed to make a change...PRONTO! I have always shy'd away from exercise because it is easier to not bother than struggle and have to accept the fact that in terms of fitness, I was very unhealthy.

Thanks to my PT, I now count down the days to my next hour of feeling like my whole body is on fire, because...it makes me feel SO bloody good! I have allowed myself to show weakness and have allowed someone to help me turn that weakness into strength.

Slowly, as each work out passes I am finally starting to see changes, and I have never loved my body so much! 

With all this in mind, there is absolutely no point in pushing your body to breaking point to undo all the hard work by eating rubbish. Thankfully I now have an understanding of what my body needs and I have learned to love 'clean eating'. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way on a diet, I don't restrict myself or tell myself no - I simply eat 80% of the good stuff and then reserve 20% for pizza and other 'naughty' treats!

I have decided to take you along on my journey and share with you one recipe a week that I love, and that will help you on your way to enjoying all the good stuff too.

So, here is the first - a simple and delicious staple of mine, after a hard work out!

For this you will need -

Gluten Free Oats (or regular if you don't need GF)
Water
Skimmed or Nut milk
Frozen Berries - any kind you like
Flaked Almonds
Shredded Coconut
Ground Cinnamon
Pure Maple Syrup or Honey
Pour about a half a cups worth of oats into a small pan - I free style but I reckon it's about half a cup.
 Then I pour water into the oats so they are soaked but not covered.
 Next top up the pan with your chosen milk option - I pour enough until my oats are only just covered with milk, but you can use more if you prefer.
 I then gentle simmer this away on a medium heat, stirring every now and again, while the mixture starts to thicken.
 In the meantime I sort out my berries! I usually use blueberries, however I could only get my hands on this mixed berry bag. I have actually grown to love them and it is a mix of - black berries, red currants, raspberries and blueberries.
 I pop them in the microwave for around 1 min on a high heat so they defrost and form a lovely juicy liquid at the bottom of the bowl. I do check them every so often, just in case I over cook them... because I have done it once before and I ended up with raisin shriveled fruit!
 In this time you should now have a delicious smooth porridge consistency which you can now transfer into a bowl of your choice. I used my favourite - a find in TKMaxx thanks to my little sister - homeware goals!
 Now comes the fun part - turning your boring bowl of porridge into a delicious masterpiece! 
 Pour the hot berries onto your porridge and watch your bowl become flooded with delicious berry juice. Berries are always welcome in my breakfast because they are packed full of antioxidants, important vitamins and they taste delicious too!

 Now I sprinkle over some toasted flaked almonds which gives a bit of bite to your breakfast! Almonds are known as a superfood and that is because eating a small handful every day can improve so many elements of your health and wellbeing. Google it...they are small but MIGHTY!
 Next I like to sprinkle over a little shredded coconut.
 I also top this with cinnamon because, not only does it taste heavenly...it is also another topping that is full of health benefits!
 Finally, I like to use either honey or pure maple syrup to give my breakfast a naughty drizzle of sweetness. You really don't need a lot, but it does just take this breakfast to the next level. For this I used Pure Canadian maple syrup, however I am pretty sure you can get other syrups which are better for you.
 Now all you need is a spoon...put your feet up and get stuck in!
 Breakfast perfection in just 10 minutes, that is actually good for you AND totally satifying...you are welcome!
I really hope you enjoyed this and that you found this step by step recipe helpful.

If you do make this, don't forget to let me know and if you experiment with different toppings that you love, please share!

Bon Appetit!

Cat Xx
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