Are you a morning person? For me, it depends on 1. How much wine I drank the night before and 2. What time I went to bed. If it’s either 1. just a couple of glasses and/ or 2. close to 7 hours of sleep, the answer for me is usually, “yes… at least after a couple buckets of coffee!”. I suspect it is the same for most people.
Lately, I’m trying to get up early enough to get to 6 am heated vinyasa yoga 1-2 times per work week and up early another couple times during the week to hike with my giant Labradors. In a perfect world, that’s 4 early exercise days a week. 2-3 is more realistic, but hey…#bestintentions.
Breakfast is what gets me out of bed in the morning. Coffee, of course , but FOOD is what really motivates me (my Labs and I share this in common). I eat first thing (I suggest everyone does, but we’ll talk about that later), and I always want to be excited about what I get to eat. Right now, I’m loving Almond- Hemp Seed Butter with Anti- Inflamm Jam (catchy, right?) on an Ezekial English Muffin (or sprouted grain bread).
Here’s how I make it. I get the fresh grind almond butter in the store and fill it up about 2/3 of the way. Jarred natural nut butter works too if that’s what’s available (watch for added sugar!), but fresh grind makes me feel a little more smug. 🙂 Honestly, if I had my druthers, I’d get peanut butter. Unfortunately for my peanut- butter- loving- ass, my husband is allergic to peanuts… so almond butter it is! Please, by all means, go ahead and roll with peanuts if it doesn’t present a life or death situation in your household.
Anyway, once I get it home, I mix in the hemp hearts, some salt, and stir it up. THAT’S IT!
Do you know about Hemp hearts? It’s like nature’s most perfect food (complete protein, fiber, omega’s and vitamins)! Here’s a link to learn more if you want: http://www.livestrong.com/article/154639-what-are-the-benefits-of-eating-hemp-hearts/
Almond Hemp Seed Butter
- Fresh grind or all natural almond butter (or peanut…mmmmmm…peanuts)
- Hemp hearts (about a 3:1 ratio, so if you have 3/4 cup nut butter then 1/4 cup hemp seeds)
- Pink Himalayan sea salt (or whatever salt you have) to taste (1/2- 1 tsp). I will admit to being kind of heavy handed with salt myself (don’t judge).
I spread (maybe pile) this on a toasted Ezekiel English muffin or sprouted whole grain bread and top with my Anti Inflamm Jam. I usually spritz the bread with a bit of spray coconut oil first, but that is up to you.
Anti Inflamm Jam (about 5 servings if you pile it high)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen berries, cherries and/ or peaches (get creative!)
- 1 Tbls chia seed
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric (more if you’re not sensitive to the taste)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- Packet or 2 of stevia (optional to taste). I like Truvia.
- Squeeze of lemon juice
I just put it all in a Tupperware and microwave for a minute. Then, I mash it up, and cook for another minute or so. I’m sure you can do it on the stove too, but I haven’t tried it. You might need to add extra liquid.
Honestly, most ingredients are optional. The real point is to get a no added sugar, whole fruit, delicious topping. Anti inflammatory spices are just a tasty bonus (that will also make your skin glow)!
After a few minutes, the chia seed should jell up with the liquid to keep it from being too wet/ runny. If your fruit had a lot of water in it, you can add extra chia to firm it up. Chia is right up there with hemp hearts in the superfood category, so no need to be shy.
Let me know how you trick yourself into getting out of bed early…and if you try my “first breakfast”, I’m curious as to what you think? I also want to know if you use these spreads in a different way… apple slices and Almond Hemp Seed Butter anyone? Or loaded on sweet potato toast, perhaps…?