3 Nutritious and Fun Breakfast Bowls and Amazing Energy Balls!

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While I'm not a hard core fitness and health person (there's just way too much cheese in the world to try) I try and balance my richer meals with healthier ones and eat as much plant based food as possible. I try to only eat out once a day if that and I try and make the other meals I eat at home on the healthy side. So today I'm sharing some healthy breakfast and snacking inspiration (including my favourite ever 4 ingredient energy balls that don't need any refrigeration!).

By now many of you have heard about avocado-gate (not the Nigella one, the recent one, are we that obsessed by avocado?). For anyone that hasn't heard or anyone outside of Australia, I'll fill you in. A journalist wrote a column ranting about middle aged moralising and linking ordering smashed avocado out at breakfast to housing affordability for Gen Y's. Avocado economics, if you will.

Healthy Breakfast recipes snacks

Bernard Salt said, "I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more. Shouldn't they be economising by eating at home? How often are they eating out? Twenty-two dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house." I think the piece missed the context, mainly about how property prices when he was young (he's a baby boomer) were much lower and his generation were gifted with the property bubble while Gen X and Y have not. The reality is now owning property in Australia's largest cities is mostly out of reach for many with or without avocado on toast.

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But if you want a healthy breakfast at home a la Bernard Salt you can of course go the smashed avocado route or you can make something else. I based all of these recipes using Be Natural cereals including their Coco-Nutty Granola with Coconut, Spelt & Fig to the Organics Golden Whole Grain Bites to their 5 Whole Grain Flakes. They use ingredients like quinoa and chia seeds and the range was inspired by Plant Power.

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The concept of Plant Power is based on research identifying the "Blue Zones", 5 areas in the world with communities that predominantly eat a plant based diet. These regions have reportedly the largest number of people living past 100 years. For example the Okinawans typically eat soy based food like tofu, the Sardinians incorporate garden vegetables, beans & moderate amounts of wine, the Californians in Loma Linda include wholegrain bread, salmon & nuts and the Nicoyans eat lots of maize and fruit. Plus all of these diets include natural exercise and a common healthy attitude of prioritising being with friends, family and having a strong social network.

Healthy Breakfast recipes snacks

In turn Be Naturals obsession with Plant based ingredients (they want Australia to live a more Blue Zone life) inspired my recipe ideas. I took their cereal and added some fresh fruit and superfoods. I started with what has to be my favourite bliss ball ever and one that doesn't need refrigeration (a few of you asked me to develop some so they would travel better). This is made using just four ingredients and are done in about 5 minutes! They last in an airtight container for up to 1 week too unless you eat them all first (what moi?). That is definitely a pushy recipe! And they do have Be Natural Muesli & Quinoa Bars with blueberry, chocolate, almond & coconut in case you don't want to make a snack too.

Healthy Breakfast recipes snacks

The next recipes were breakfast bowls. I made an acai bowl with the Be Natural Organics Golden Whole Grain Bites along with some sliced kiwifruit and berries. And to the Be Natural Coco-Nutty Granola with Coconut, Spelt & Fig I added fresh mango, banana chips and crystallised ginger as well as coconut water. It was actually a granola that they designed to pair with coconut water instead of milk. And to the Be Natural 5 Whole Grain Flakes I added dried organic black cherries, goji berries and pistachios.

Healthy Breakfast recipes snacks

So he may be right, eating these breakfasts out may be expensive but all of these bits apart from the coconut water and fresh fruit were $11 from a scoop shop where you buy on weight. And also try and reduce they eat ;)

So tell me Dear Reader, where do you sit on the avocado-gate side? And are you inspired by the blue zone diet and plant power? What percentage of what is on your plate is plant based?

Deliciously Easy Nutty, Crunchy Granola Energy Balls

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All Original Recipes by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

  • 1.5 cups Be Natural® Coco-Nutty Granola - Coconut, Spelt & Fig
  • 6-7 medjool dates, pits removed
  • 6-7 tablespoons almond or cashew butter
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional, I preferred these without the chocolate)

Step 1 - Blend the granola, dates, nut butter and chia seeds together in a food processor. Roll into balls and stud with 3-4 chocolate chips per ball.

Acai Berry & Banana Smoothie Bowl

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Serves 2

  • 1.5 cups frozen berries
  • 1 ripe Banana
  • 1 tablespoon acai berry powder
  • 300ml/10.6fl ozs. coconut water
  • Honey to taste
  • Kiwifruit
  • 2 Strawberries
  • Small handful blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Be Natural® Organics Golden Whole Grain Bites

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Step 1 - In a high powered blender, process the berries, banana, acai berry powder with coconut water until smooth. Add honey to taste (unless you like the level of sweetness already). Scoop into a bowl and top with sliced kiwifruit, strawberries, blueberries and Be Natural® Organics Golden Whole Grain Bites.

Mango & Coconut Granola with Coconut Water

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

  • Be Natural® Coco-Nutty Granola - Coconut, Spelt & Fig
  • 300ml/10.6fl ozs. coconut water
  • Cheek from 1 firm but ripe mango
  • 2 tablespoons crystallised ginger
  • 2 tablespoons dried banana chips
  • A slice of strawberry

Step 1 - Empty a cup or so of Be Natural® Coco-Nutty Granola - Coconut, Spelt & Fig granola into a bowl and top with ginger and banana chips. Slice the skin off the mango with a sharp knife and then cut thinly. Use your hands to make a long line of the mango and shape it into a flower. Lift off surface with an egg flip and place on top. Fill centre with a slice of strawberry and serve with coconut water. You can also make this a bircher muesli by soaking it overnight either with coconut water or coconut water and natural yogurt!

Black Cherry, Goji Berry & Pistachio wholegrain Flakes

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

  • Be Natural® 5 Whole Grain Flakes
  • 2 tablespoons dried black cherries
  • 2 tablespoons goji berries
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios

Step 1 - Place the Be Natural® 5 Whole Grain Flakes in a bowl and toss with cherries, goji berries and pistachios.