Once in a blue moon, I’ll have breakfast.
That’s right, I typically don’t eat breakfast. Contrary to popular believe, one can survive without breakfast – I’ll usually have lunch early so, there you go. I’m living proof this concept works.
Long before I knew that “intermittent fasting” was yet another thing, I started skipping the traditional first meal of the day. I’m rarely hungry in the morning, I always feel that breakfast is weighing me down; it is always kind of forced because, ya know, it’s the most important meal of the day.
So, one day, I decided to skip breakfast and it seemes just right for me. Like I said, I wasn’t aware that there was a method to my madness (intermittent fasting); I’m not much for fasting in general, I love food way too much.
To my own surprise, I feel super energized in the mornings without eating breakfast. I run like the wind on an empty (-ish) stomach (I usually have a cup of tea in the AM). Now, mind you, I wouldn’t attempt a marathon in this condition but I have plenty of energy for my average 3-5 miles of running and I feel great afterwards.
I am just as concentrated and focused without breakfast but the most significant change I noticed is that I feel motivated when I fast in the mornings. I feel motivated to have a healthy lunch, stick to healthy snacks in the afternoon and plan ahead for a nutritious, healthful dinner.
As with most diets and life styles, no one habit fits all. I found something that works for me but it may not be for everyone. If you feel like you’re not enjoying breakfast as much as you should, try skipping it! If you need breakfast to get your day started, well, you should most definitely try this super nutritious hemp seed porridge!
Like I said, every now and then, I will have breakfast; usually on a weekend, when my Soldier and I are in no rush whatsoever. My Soldier enjoys typical breakfast foods – eggs, toast, day old pizza (wish I was kidding) and while I haven’t found the perfect grain free toast or vegan eggs substitute, I can make a mean, grain free and vegan porridge!
With the addition of chia seeds and golden flax meal, this hemp seed porridge is packed with healthy fats, dietary fiber and protein. The texture and consistency is about the same as with regular porridge – it’s a win-all situation!
Hemp seeds have a nutty taste which I enjoy immensely, especially because this porridge is nut free.
Using nut milk to make this porridge is optional; I typically use water and haven’t noticed a loss in flavor, especially when adding cinnamon and vanilla extract. If I wasn’t sensitive to nuts, though, I would definitely switch it up every now and then!
Tip: Store your hemp seeds in the freezer and they will last indefinitely!
- 1 cup water or nut milk (e.g. almond milk)
- ½ cup raw, shelled hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoons flax seed meal
- 1-2 tablespoon maple syrup, to taste
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan, stir well and bring to a boil over medium heat. Keep stirring and reduce heat to medium-low; allow porridge to simmer until it thickens, about 2-4 minutes. Pour into serving bowls, add toppings of your choice and serve immediately.