- ½ cup of oat bran
- ¾ cup of filtered water
- ¾ cup of plant milk
- 1-2 tsp of raw cacao powder, organic
- 1 tsp of turmeric powder, organic
- Pinch of black pepper, organic
- Pinch of nutmeg, organic
- ¼ of continental cucumber, organic
- ½ of banana, organic
- 1 knob of fresh ginger, organic
- 2 TBSP of psyllium husk
- Splash of filtered water
- Start heating oat bran with milk, water, cacao powder and spices in a small pot until thick and creamy. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
- In the meantime, add all ingredients for your smoothie to your high-speed blender and mix until well combined, thick, and fluffy (about 30-60 seconds).
- Fill your creamy porridge in a bowl and top with fluffy smoothie mixture. Give your breakfast delight a beautiful swirl and enjoy!
Here is why this healthy-licious breakfast delight is so good for you:
Oat bran is very high in soluble and insoluble fibre, which can lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and boost bowel health. It also packs more plant protein which together with the high amount of soluble fibre helps to rebalance your hunger and satiety hormones resulting in you feeling full for longer aiding your weight loss journey. Oat bran contains very powerful antioxidants such as polyphenols, which fight off harmful free radicals and as such prevent damage to our cells. This is not only keeping you young for longer but is also reducing your risk of chronic disease while increasing your life span. In addition to all of this, oat bran also delivers an abundance of nutrients that are essential for your health and well-being such as iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, riboflavin and thiamine.
Raw cacao powder is jam packed with polyphenols such as flavonoids, which are anti-oxidants that have been proven to improve brain and heart health, prevent blood clotting and lower blood pressure. In addition, those polyphenols may boost mood, reduce stress levels, improve symptoms of depression and positively affect age-related mental degeneration.
Turmeric is a very powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that may fight off cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer`s, arthritis, depression, metabolic syndrome and various degenerative related illnesses. Research also suggests that it may delay the onset of chronic disease as well as increasing longevity and overall quality of life.
Nut-meg holds very strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and as such may reduce your risk of heart and liver disease as well as cancer. It may also aid with sleep, mood and dental issues. Nutmeg is high in fibre and micronutrients such as the vitamins A, C and E, manganese, magnesium and copper.
Cucumbers are very hydrating since they have a high water content and contain important electrolytes. Staying hydrated is crucial for your health and well-being – remember you are 60 percent water. Making sure your cells are well hydrated promotes healthy intestines and prevents kidney stones and constipation among other things. Cucumbers are low in calories but rich in essential micronutrients. They have a high content Vitamin K and calcium, which promotes bone health. Furthermore, they are packed with potassium and magnesium, keeping your heart healthy. They also contain a range of B vitamins, vitamin A and free-radical busting, longevity-promoting antioxidants. Almost too good to be true? I totally agree. However, wait there is more. Cucumbers are part of the Cucurbitaceous family of plants, which are known to hold bitter tasting nutrients called cucurbitacin that may prevent atherosclerosis and cancer by stopping cancer cells from reproducing. Cucurbitacins may also aid in lowering blood sugar levels as well as regulating insulin levels.
Bananas are a fabulous powerhouse providing your body with health-promoting nutrients and feel-good energy. The fruit is particularly high in heart-healthy potassium, skin-beautifying manganese and Vitamin B6, which is important for metabolising carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, as well as removing unwanted chemicals from your liver and kidneys. Furthermore, B6 is necessary in the production of red blood cells and maintaining a healthy nervous system. Did you know that eating 1 banana provides you with 10 percent of your recommended fibre intake? Well, now you do. Thus, adding bananas into your diet is a healthy-licious way to promote your gastrointestinal health.
Psyllium Husk is a wonderful prebiotic which means it feeds your health-promoting living gut bacteria which is one of the key ways to promote overall health, well-being and longevity. Psyllium husk is jam packed with fibre, which can aid in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels, promote satiety, help with weight loss, boost heart health and prevent constipation as well as help with diarrhoea.
Ginger holds powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that may help reduce oxidative stress, aid in weight loss – especially when it comes to losing belly-fat. Ginger may also help with osteoarthritis, drastically improve heart health, lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Furthermore, it may fight off cancer cells, improve brain function and health, prevent Alzheimer`s disease, fight various infections, treat chronic indigestion, reduce menstrual pain and relieve nausea. Extra plus: ginger provides a delicious flavour to anything and is super versatile and easy to add to your cooking and into your life.
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