SUPERFOOD CEREAL

Shannan Monson is not only a working mama but also a Functional Dietitian and Health Coach (aka wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things wellness).  With two kids in tow she fully understands how the chaos of life can get in the way of us reaching our health goals. So her mission when working with clients is to make things so darn simple you can’t possibly say “I don’t have time for that!”.  We thought we’d pick her brain about how to get your day started on the right foot…

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time-consuming or overwhelming. This simple superfoods cereal falls perfectly into that category–nourishing, nutritious, and honestly simple (which is key for someone like myself who has two little babes running around.)

Most people think breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I think breakfast is the biggest missed opportunity of the day. Often we reach for things like granola bars or pre-packaged cereals. But the problem, in my opinion, with typical grain-based breakfasts is not necessarily what it IS, but what it is NOT.  It’s not protein. It’s not healthy fats. It’s not packed full of nutrients. Honestly, it’s mostly just sugar. Even if those sugars come from good complex carbohydrates (like oatmeal), they’ll still leave you feeling hungry in about two hours, spike your blood sugar, and initiate sugar cravings later in the day.  This superfood cereal recipe is packed full of healthy fats and nutrients to keep you energized and satiated.  And like I said, it’s beyond simple to make…I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine! xxx Shannon Monson via Nutrition Simply

THE PERFECT BALANCED BREAKFAST

INGREDIENTS AND DIRECTIONS

Measure and mix the following ingredients:

  1. 1/2 cup sliced almonds – good source of healthy fats and rich in magnesium, manganese, & Vitamin E
  2. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes – great source of medium chain triglycerides, the easiest healthy fats to absorb and use as energy, also provides powerful anti-inflammatory properties
  3. 1 tbsp chia seed – rich source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids protein, fiber, and essential amino acids and essential micronutrients
  4. 1 tbsp flaxseed – one of the richest sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids, have been shown to significantly reduce bad cholesterol and improve heart health; also one of the most significant sources of lignans, a kind of fiber that binds and excretes negative estrogen metabolites and protects against breast and ovarian cancer …we substituted with hemp seeds, an excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6, and GLA all in the perfect balance and an easily digestible plant protein
  5. 1/2 cup organic berries – these sweet powerhouses are packed full of antioxidants which protect the body from diseases of inflammation including heart disease and stroke, leaky gut, alzheimers and dementia, certain types of cancers, and even common colds and flus, and of course blueberries top the list in antioxidants
  6. 1 tsp honey – raw, local honey boasts immune-boosting properties from local allergens that can decrease allergy symptoms
  7. 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, milk or coconut milk – all good sources of calcium that strengthens bones, regulates blood pressure, and plays an important role in nerve and muscle function
  8.  Let cereal sit for five minutes to allow chia seeds to soften.  Bon appétit!

Recipe nutritional insight from Shannan Monson, RD via Nutrition Simply.  Be sure to follow @nutritionsimply as Shannan shares practical health tips along with some sweet humor.

  • Holly

    Any suggestion a on replacing the coconut flakes? We really don’t like them over here!

    • http://www.homewithher.com Home With Her

      Hi Holly,
      Typically I would say slivered almonds but since the recipe already calls for that you might try walnuts…(try soaking them overnight if you have the time). Best of luck.