One of the reasons I hate breakfast is because of the time it takes to prepare a good one. I am not at my most zen in the morning, and I often spend way too much time on my laptop then reverting into great personal chaos, usually involving frantically sifting through my washed but not folded laundry for clothes and an in-and-out shower. But because I try to avoid yeast, wheat and sugar, fast traditional pleasures such as toast and jam or boxed cereal are not staples for me. Sure I can eat rice bread and Ezekiel cereal (and sometimes reluctantly do), but below are some more interesting options that are ready in a jiffy.
Quinoa Porridge – Quinoa is a fast grain to cook, and I often substitute rice for it because of this convenience. This psuedo-grain is gluten-free and also offers protein. You can make it from scratch in under 10 minutes: simmer it in rice milk for that porridgey feel, then sprinkle in some raisins and drizzle with honey for a delicious start to our day. You can also get Quinoa flakes at any healthfood store, and this makes a a creamier porridge that’s even faster (it only takes 2 minutes). But yowza- it’s way more expensive than oatmeal. I paid around $10 for a small box of it.
Oat Milk Marinated Chia Seeds – The wellness industry isn’t so different from the fashion industry – there are definite trends (soy is sooo 90s). Well, flax seeds are out, and chia seeds are in. These seeds are getting some buzz with their protein, omegas and mineral content (move over goji berries). Now, I used to snack on toasted chia seeds, and while they were pretty tasty, I felt like I was eating pebbles…they were brutal to chew. But recently I went to a trade show where a booth selling chia seeds was sampling them soaked in soy milk. They were super soft and completely delightful. You can use any milk – almond milk, rice milk, hemp milk – just pour 1.5 to 1 part chia seeds and leave for around 10 minutes. Better yet, use carob or chocolate almond, rice, hemp or oat milk (yum!). It makes a rice pudding-esque dish. You can get ready as they soak – or like me, you can do your prep then eat in the car while your fiance drives (not the most Ayurvedic practice).
Baked Apple Topped with Toasted Almonds – This recipe takes no time because all you need is a slow cooker. If you haven’t noticed, I loooove slow cookers. You just need to toss in a cut up apple, half a handful of raisins and just cover it with water. In the morning it’s like a hearty applesauce (I peel my apples, but you can also leave the peel on for more texture). Top it up with toasted sliced almonds for protein and crunch. Mmm!