That Morning Glow
That post-yoga glow. You've heard it before, I'm sure. That feeling of balance, bliss, peace and yes, glowing skin that you wear around all day long after you've had yourself a nice, sweaty session on the mat. Various asanas (yoga postures) increase blood circulation to the face, which contributes to that outer glow. It's just one perk of a consistent practice, besides those feelings of balance and bliss.
Similarly, you can achieve that same kind of glow from proper nourishment. By feeding yourself wholesome, unrefined, plant-based foods, your internal systems achieve balance, which helps to ease digestion, clear your skin and improve mood, focus and overall energy. What better way to start than with breakfast? That morning glow, as I like to call it.
As much as you all know how much I love my morning smoothies, that's not all that this is all about, although I must admit it is a part of it. While smoothies are a nice way to pack in loads of nutrients and wake up your digestive system, nourishment at breakfast extends well beyond smoothies. It's a matter of eating well to feel well, by being mindful of the ingredients that you put into your body.
And by starting with your very first and most important meal of the day, breakfast can become a morning ritual that will set you up to thrive as opposed to crashing and burning from less than adequate nutritional habits.
So have your waffles, a la these Honey Sesame Waffles with Blueberries. Made with whole spelt flour, sesame seeds, tahini, raw honey, almond milk, blueberries and such, you'll be feeling golden, with just the right touch of sweet. I adore how Jessie Snyder of Faring Well takes simple, classic recipes and gives them a delicious and wholesome twist. Heading into the holiday season, I've got my eye on her Gingerbread Waffle Parfaits with Berry Smash and Coconut Whip. Now how's that for a festive morning glow?
And speaking of blueberries and bliss, and yes, smoothies, this Berry Bliss Smoothie Bowl might just trick you into thinking that you're eating some kind of ice cream for breakfast. Because you can eat it with a spoon, it doesn't feel as smoothie-like, and you can get a little crazy with sprinkling on some delicious toppings that give it some really good crunch.
My weekend post-yoga go-to is this Yoga Recovery Smoothie Bowl. I love being able to sit and fully enjoy it while soaking up those quiet morning golden hours. The base is a blend of avocado (healthy fats, B vitamins, potassium), wild blueberries (antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin C), mango (more fiber and Vitamin C) and coconut oil (stimulates metabolism and provides an additional source of healthy fats). You can make these smoothies bowls whatever you want of them. Whatever you're craving, whatever you know that your body needs to re-fuel. Go all out!
And the last of the smoothie preaching, I promise. But I have to spotlight this Avocado Mango Green Smoothie, because more greens = more glow. That burst of chlorophyll (from the spinach) to your bloodstream first thing in the morning is so so good for you. The avocado makes it creamy and delicious, while the mango and pineapple naturally sweetens it. I've gotta say, it feels pretty dang good going down.
Sweet potato for breakfast, say what? YES. Embrace sweet potatoes, they are so good for you and should be taken advantage of while they're in season. This Sweet Potato & Avocado Toast is a twist on the ordinary classic that we all know and love, drizzled with a bit of tahini and sunflower seeds for added nutritional boost.
Or, I would highly recommend just taking an entire baked sweet potato and stuffing it will all the good things, like loads of almond butter, granola, maple syrup and cinnamon. Breakfast Sweet Potatoes are a clever way to indulgently sneak in your veggies early in the day. Who would have thought?
Quinoa porridge is the new oatmeal. Especially one like this that has almond milk, cinnamon, maple cream, toasted walnuts and coconut flakes. I get all giddy just thinking about it, but that's just how I am. In my mind, the more toppings, the better. And one of the best things about this quinoa porridge is that you can batch it in order to have plenty to enjoy throughout the week.
And it's about time you're told that you can enjoy chocolate for breakfast, so long as you do it right...as in this Spiced Chocolate Mousse. Don't buy the store-bought stuff when you can make it this good at home, and when something like this is that good for you. Raw cacao powder is so nourishing and good for your skin. Just dive right into this stuff alongside your morning beverage and you'll be kicking off the morning on such an energetically high note!
Mix and match and play around with some breakfast combinations, even if they feel a bit out of your comfort zone. That's exactly how I began experimenting with new foods when I started steering towards a plant-based lifestyle and it's the reason that I've never gone back. The flavors are incredible, and the nutrients, even better. Give it a whirl (especially with that mousse) for a delicious morning glow that you deserve.
And if you happen to try any of these recipes or have a few that you'd recommend, share them in the comments below! I look for inspiration everywhere and always love suggestions for new posts. Share it all!
Cheers to eating chocolate for breakfast. Today and every day.