There are so many breakfast cereals out there which are designed to give you a big chocolate hit in the morning.
The problem with a lot of them is that they also give you almighty big sugar rush at the same time. And while there is nothing inherently wrong with the occasional sugar rush (unless of course you have blood sugar issues such as diabetes in which case a sugar rush is NOT what you need!) there is something pretty darned wrong with needing a chocolate-based sugar rush just to get you going in the morning.
There is so much that I have to say around the big ups and downs of blood sugar but I don’t have the space to do that right now (although, if you want to book me for a talk at your workplace and hear exactly how to avoid the crazy energy up and downs that fox even the most hardworking peeps, then do check me out!) Instead, I’m sharing one of my key recipes which gives you a hit of chocolate in the morning while not affecting your blood sugar in any massive way.
It’s precisely the kind of breakfast that can really make a difference to your energy levels all day long and yet doesn’t feel like a healthy breakfast because there’s nary a kale leaf in sight.
What’s more, avoiding a sugar rush first thing in the morning makes it far easier to avoid sugar rushes later on in the day. Something which is super important for anyone who is aware that their blood sugar levels are a bit haywire. *
I make this breakfast a lot.
Mainly because I like chocolate, but also because I’m a tad lazy and you can make double the amount of this one, and save it for breakfast the following day which is always nice. When I run my seasonal Reboots, I often end up making this breakfast every single day of the Reboot – no point trying to be fancy when I just ain’t! I learned this recipe from two wonderful women when I ran a residential Retreat with them a few years ago. Both are amazing people, Kate and Carly – and I thank them both every single day that I eat this corker of a breakfast.
Anyway: here is the recipe (tweaked slightly because it needed more chocolate for my liking!) which features in each and every one of my seasonal Reboots.
Chocolate Soaked Oats (suitable for any season – best breakfast ever)
1 tsp. cocoa or cacao powder
1 tsp. of almond (or whichever one you like) butter. If you can’t have nuts, add a spoon of protein powder instead – I highly recommend the ones from Pulsin) (optional)
1 tsp. of desiccated coconut (optional)
1 tsp. of golden flax seeds (optional)
1 tsp. of chia seeds (optional)
1 cup of oats
1⁄4 tsp. of cinnamon (optional)
1 cup of milk (use whichever you like, but, why not go crazy and try a different kind of milk just for the fun of it?)
Mix a small dash of the milk with the cocoa powder until it is well blended. Add the nut butter and mix some more. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Ideally you can do this overnight, but it still tastes grand as long as you’ve given it at least fifteen minutes to soak in. Serve with some cacao nibs, sunflower seeds, nuts or blueberries on top.
Now, you may have noticed that there are a lot of ‘optional’ items on this recipe – that’s because you can go full on with all the extras, but it tastes just as grand if you only use the three key ingredients!
Happy Breakfasting – I wish you much joy as you wallow in chocolate-flavoured balanced blood sugars!
*if you do have diabetes and are keeping a close eye on your blood sugars, you might find this breakfast helps a lot. Likewise, you might find that it doesn’t help at all – different foods can affect blood sugars very differently in different people. We are all different, after all! So do feel free to try it, and then check your blood sugars after so that you know what affect it may or may not have had.