Saturday, October 25, 2014

The WAKE Bowl

If there is ever a question that I get asked more than "what do you eat?" - it's "what do you eat for breakfast?"

I have gone though countless breakfast phases - from eggs, potatoes and sausage (yes, true story) to coconut flour waffles to spinach pancakes. But, one thing has remained the same - and that is my love for breakfast and morning. I adore my mornings and the breakfast ritual. Especially on the weekends. I turn on my tunes and blast them through my UE Boom speaker (this beautiful Saturday morning is Taj Mahal blues radio), I intentionally leave my bed unmade, open the blinds, prepare my coffee in the french press, dance a round a bit, stretch and make breakfast (or what I like to call 'brekkie,' which I picked up in Australia). The tunes continue to play as I enjoy my brekkie, read about what is happening in the World via Flipboard on my iPad and begin my writing for the day on my laptop. My weekend mornings are quite ritualistic and if you're ever around me during this time, good luck getting me out of the house before noon.

This recipe was born out of me having a couple of nights filled with some heavy food that my system isn't really use to eating and I was feeling like I needed something that was cleansing yet fulfilling and satisfying to my large morning appetite.

I've continued to make this brekkie meal over and over - experimenting with different fruits, herbs and spices but the version below is by far my favorite.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am deeming this my signature dish. 

The WAKE Bowl 

1 T chia seeds
1 C unsweetened almond milk (carrageenan free like Whole Food's 356 brand)
Small handful of spinach  (torn into small pieces)
1 Banana, sliced
Small handful of raspberries
Small handful of blueberries
Small handful of goji berries
5-8 cubes of pineapple
Sprinkle of cardamom
1/8 t fresh ginger
1 leaf of fresh basil (torn into small pieces)
2 T Coconut meat/flakes
1 T hemp seeds


Soak the chia seeds in the almond milk (in the fridge) for at least an hour or as long as overnight. Add in all the other ingredients (I do in the order listed so that it looks pretty ;)), give it a stir and enjoy!

Yes this will WAKE you up!!!

Enjoy (with some detoxifying fresh green juice! ;) )

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