Monday 18th May 2015

By mira

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Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I absolutely love oats and muesli, but I also love to sprinkle a host of toppings that not only add flavour, a crunch and a light sweetness, but also an abundance of goodness. There’s a plethora of superfoods and powders, but to be adding ten at a go can get laborious and confusing. You can of course mix them up in one jar, but here’s my basic top six – keep a jar of each at hand and make your breakfast bowl more interesting, varied and of course, healthy:

1) Chia Seeds
These tiny seeds are high in omega 3, fibre and fatty acids. When soaked in water the seeds become jelly like and can provide a unique texture to your favourite cereal. I sometimes make an oat, quinoa and chia porridge or simply sprinkle chia seeds in their hard seed form for that extra crunch.

2) Pumpkin Seeds
A great source of vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, pumpkin seeds are the perfect thing . I love these scattered all over my porridge -they have a deliciously light nutty flavour.

3) Goji Berries – are an excellent source of anti-oxidants and have been used in Ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years. They add a touch of sweetness to the porridge and are not as high in sugar as raisins, and they have a lovely chewy texture.

4) Flax Seeds
These were frequently used as both food and medicine by the Ancient Egyptians. They are high in fibre and therefore great for digestion and contain essential fatty acids. You can get them in their seed form or as a powder – I generally opt for the powder. I add it to anything from porridge and smoothies to soups.

5) Black Sesame Seeds
You can use any colour sesame seeds but my personal favourite are the black seeds. In Chinese Medicine black sesame seeds are known for their anti-ageing properties. They’re rich in iron and vitamin B and are believed to help premature greying of the hair, hearing loss and poor memory. So a spoonful of these little seeds each day can only help!

6) Walnuts
I have always loved walnuts – definitely my favourite of all nuts! They happen to contain rare and powerful antioxidants and have many other health benefits. I just break the walnuts into small pieces and add to my porridge or muesli, an extra bout of nutty nutrition and flavour.

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