Thursday, July 27, 2017

spelt berry breakfast bowl

Spelt is one of those whole grains that doesn't get much attention. Sure, it may take a little time to cook, but once you have made a big batch for the week, the possibilities are endless! Because it is a variety of wheat, spelt does contain gluten, but as a whole grain it also contains a significant amount of fiber and protein, two things very important in your diet.

Spelt berries are great for throwing into salads and soups or making a hearty side dish with some fresh herbs and vegetables, but my favorite is eating them for breakfast! Once they are cooked you can have them cold or hot with a little almond milk, cinnamon, and loads of fresh fruit.

Breakfast should be your biggest and most nutritious meal of the day. It has become unfortunately common to either skip breakfast or have something fast and sugary to start your day. This won't fuel you for long though and leads to overeating later in the day, when you aren't going to do anything but watch Netflix and go to bed. Although it is important to refuel yourself at the end of the day to ensure proper recovery, be aware that you aren't going to be burning many calories between Game of Thrones and catching up on sleep and that overdoing it at dinner can lead to storing extra body fat.

I suggest a breakfast that will ensure you are fueled up and properly nourished so you can take on your day with full force. A combination of whole grains and fresh fruits gives you lasting energy with a good dose of fiber and plenty of micronutrients. Just one cup of dry spelt will make enough for at least three days of breakfast!

spelt berry breakfast bowls
  • 1 cup dry spelt
  • 3 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • fresh fruit of your choice
  • almond milk 
  • cinnamon
  • maple syrup if you need a little sweetener
  • sprinkle of nuts or seeds

Soaking the spelt berries overnight will cut down the cooking time but is not necessary. If you do soak them, drain and rinse before cooking. Add the 3 cups water and cook in a saucepan over medium heat for 40 minutes (may take up to 60 if not soaked). Drain excess water and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

To construct bowls mix together spelt berries, cinnamon, and almond milk. Top with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds.

How do you eat your spelt berries? Let me know!! 

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