For the most part, my fervor for fall brings only goodness to my days. In general, during autumn, I am happier and more in awe of the world. Staring at the leaves with wonder, feeling utterly present in the coziness of the season’s first scarf, savoring the rich flavors of creamy squash…..
But contrary to popular belief, “too much of a good thing” can be enough. Apparently, my love for that aforementioned squash went from “fervor” to “overdose.” That’s right—-I ate so much pumpkin the past few weeks that I actually stopped being able to stomach it. I had been making some version of my pumpkin chia pudding almost every morning, and then one day, I felt horribly sick after eating it. I thought it was a fluke, but two days later I had the same breakfast and felt sick again. MTV True Life: I OD’d On Pumpkin.
This was especially a bummer because it’s so very cold here right now, and although I’m still enjoying my green juice before my morning workout, I really crave something warmer in my belly for the second half of breakfast after my workout. The pumpkin chia pudding was perfect… So what could I do in it’s place?
Fortunately I was reminded of another fall-theme-appropriate food: the apple. I had a jar of applesauce from a recent baking experiment, and using it up before it went bad was an added bonus. The concoction I created is definitely inspired by the chia pudding, but I replaced the chia with flax seed, the pumpkin with apple, and made a few other minor adjustments.
Creamy, hearty, comforting, healthy, and delicious. The flax provides a really earthy taste, and provides you with tons of fiber and Omega-3’s!
Apple Cinnamon Flax Porridge (gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, sugar-free, vegan; raw option)
3/4 unsweetened applesauce
1 c unsweetened almond milk
1 T ground flax seed (heaping)
1 scoop unsweetened protein powder of choice
few drops vanilla stevia
cinnamon and ginger, to taste
Mix all of the ingredients together in a small sauce pan over medium heat stirring regularly for 1-2 minutes.
Raw option: Make your own raw applesauce and then mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
Serve with your choice of toppings. If you’re not sensitive to fruit/fat food combining, I’d recommend a dollop of raw almond butter. Unsweetened shredded coconut was good too.
Have you ever OD’d on a food? What’s your favorite cold-morning breakfast right now?