When summer arrives, coming so do the berries! This is one of my favorite summer breakfasts. Packed with protein, omegas and vitamins, this breakfast is a wonderful way to start your day with lots of Prana (life force energy.)
To aid in the digestive process, Ayurveda suggests that we cook all of our food. So this breakfast is prepared in a small pot on the stove.
Ingredients for 1 serving:
1/4 Cup Almond Milk (unsweetened)
2 tbsp nut butter (almond or sunflower butters seem best)
2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp raw almonds
1/2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp hearts
2 twists of pink, Himalayan rock salt
1 Cup of three different fresh berries. My favorites are raspberry, blueberry & blackberry, but slices strawberries work well too.
Over medium heat, place first 6 ingredients in a small pan. Once warmed, place in the berries and stir to coat them. After mixture is fully warmed, remove from heat and stir in hemp hearts and rock salt. (Hemp hearts are delicate so do not cook them.) Sit and enjoy this highly nutritious breakfast! (Sometimes I also add a handful of oats and top with some unsweetened shredded coconut.)
Almonds and pumpkins seeds are a good source of fat (good fat), protein and potassium, hemp hearts contain a lot of protein (22%) as well as high in Omega 3-6-9. Read more about this amazing food here. Cinnamon is a digestive aid, helps lower blood pressure and satisfies our sweet craving, chia seeds contains fiber, are antioxidants and contains minerals to help enhance metabolism and increase energy. Himalayan rock Salt is one of the best salts you can consume. Read more about Himalayan Rock Salt here. And then the berries: Ayurveda suggests that we live in harmony with all around us. That includes the seasons. Eating berries that are grown locally, when they are in season (versus buying them at the grocery store year round) provide us with the nutrition our body needs during the season of their ripeness. Berries help keep you mentally sharp, regulates blood sugar, reduces cravings, good for heart health, lowers cholesterol, reduces weight, anti-oxidant, and supports a healthy urinary system. Ayurveda teaches us to cook our fruit or consume it alone (with no other foods). By lightly cooking the berries, this makes them easy to digest and provides our bodies with readily available nutrients.