This was one of the first breakfasts I made when I decided to “break” 80/10/10. Although, as I discuss here, I experienced a lot of benefits from that diet, I wanted to listen to my body when it was telling me I needed more grounding foods and more brain-fueling food. I started to notice that my mind didn’t seem as sharp when I was eating almost entirely fat-free. And since, as a PhD candidate, my livelihood is tied to thinking sharply about things, feeling flighty-brained was not ideal.*
A grounding breakfast with a bit of overt fat seemed in order, and what better way to do that than with overnight chia and buckwheat? Omega-3 me!
I took a ripe banana (un-pictured, how silly of me to forget the star player!) and mashed it with 1 T chia seeds, 1 c water, and 1/4 c buckwheat groats. Plus, the star players: frozen cherries and almond extract.
The next morning when I took my beautiful mason jar (above) out of the fridge, I decided to warm it up a little with raw protein powder to thicken it up and give it even more staying power.
Ended with a dollop of almond butter. The cherry and almond flavor was absolutely delightful. Sweet and tart and hearty.
It was a truly satisfying breakfast and I definitely felt like my brain was functioning better!
Cherry Banana Almond Delight
1 ripe banana
1 T chia seeds
1/4 c buckwheat groats
1 c water (or almond milk)
scant tsp almond extract (vanilla would work fine here too)
handful frozen cherries
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
cinnamon (to taste)
1 T almond butter (optional)
Put the first six ingredients together in a mason jar and store in your refrigerator overnight. The next morning add your protein powder, cinnamon, and almond butter. You can heat it, or eat it as-is for a yummy raw breakfast!
(*Note: I am obviously not saying that people that follow a low-fat or no-fat diet are not smart, I’m just saying that my body was reacting in a way that made my brain feel slightly scattered. Everybody is different though, I know!)
In other news, I had a great weekend spending time with my mom who was in town from Cleveland. We made a delicious belated birthday treat that I plan to get up on the blog either this week or next. Stay tuned!
What’s your favorite hearty breakfast? Do you feel like certain foods make your brain function better or worse?