Happy Creative Breakfast
Getting bored with your morning breakfast routine?? Try adding a little creative touch. Below's presentation of Grapefruit and Oats shows how with a little tweaking you can not only vamp up some favorite regulars but showcase them to be visually stunning.
Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day as it provides your body with the fuel needed to replenish your energy stores. It essentially gets your engine running so that your mind body and soul are properly aligned to encourage peak focus and a healthy metabolism. But how can this possibly translate when we're so busy rushing just to get out of the door. Every person has their own multiple layers of morning navigation that overtime, unfortunately, becomes this robotic routine. So what if we took a small step and changed things a bit by adding a creative element. Playing with your food is the fastest way to introduce a morning shift and for those who have children will not only see a shift within themselves but a complete energetic transformation in their children's growing spirit. Creativity provides a healthy foundation for the expansion of your mind body and soul so what better way to introduce this trait but to pair it with the most important meal of the day. And by striving to carve out a little time to explore this new creative avenue will only reward EVERYONE with a more whole and centered package for your heart to receive healthier messages. Now how FABULOUS is that!!:)
Here are the recipes for the revamped version of Grapefruit and Oats used for the photo spread below. Feel free to try these or use as inspiration and totally play with tweaking some of your own breakfast favorites…the point is to have fun:)
Cinnamon Coconut Cashew Cream
1 cup cashews(soaked overnight)
1 cup canned coconut milk unsweetened
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp maple syrup
Drain water from cashews and place in a food processor or high speed blender along with all other ingredients and then blitz till completely warm and smooth. Pour into a small serving container and set aside.
Raw Oat Groats
(these lovely jewels are the hulled kernels of the oat grain and because they are minimally processed, they stand as the most nutritious of the entire oat family)
1 cup oat groats(soaked overnight)
2 tsp cinnamon(or my favorite pumpkin pie spice)
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 small banana
6 tbsp coconut milk or almond milk
Drain water from groats and place in food processor along with all other ingredients and start blitzing. After a minute, pause and wipe down the sides with a spatula to insure proper incorporation and then keep blending till produce desired texture(I like mine fairly smooth). If you feel the need to add more liquid do so only in tbsp increments, then check texture with each addition.
Grapefruit + Mint
5 mint leaves(chopped)
1 tsp maple syrup
Slice a grapefruit in half and carve out the wedges. Place the extracted fruit in a small mixing bowl. Clean out the remaining connective membranes of one grapefruit half so that it is hollow and place in a decorative bowl. Set aside. Add the juice of lime and maple syrup along with chopped mint leaves to the grapefruit wedges and lightly toss to combine. Place the mixture on a plate of choice.
O K, here comes the FUN part. Assemble. Just go with the flow and let yourself be drawn to the organic creative process. Give your mind permission to unhinge for a few moments from all pressing matters and let yourself be free to create. And when it's complete, take a picture and share with your friends:)
(In the photos below, I used the hollowed out grapefruit half to hold the Oat Groats and then placed in a decorative bowl. I then poured the Cinnamon Coconut Cashew Cream in a swirl pattern on top of the Oat Groats and placed whole almonds to form a smiley face. Happy Happy!! I then added a spoon to the top of the bowl so that it looked like a side wearing baseball cap. The Grapefruit + Mint I placed on a small square plate and then joined with the rest of my Happy breakfast companions to form a grid pattern on a cutting board. By adding a few embellishments the scene was complete)