Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Good Grain: 5 days, 5 ways

As soon as I heard about this '5 days, 5 ways' challenge I was all over it. There's nothing I love more than adding toppings to my breakfast so this is one challenge definitely accepted!

The concept of Good Grain's challenge is to eliminate the perception that a healthy breakfast is boring by adding a variety of toppings to your breakfast bowl each day, or at least for 5 days. 

I love adding cereal or granola to my oats and although I don't track my macros, I am always aware the carbs are adding up and I end up consuming a hugely carb heavy meal as soon as I wake up just to sit down at work all day..! 

However, Good Grain uses puffed wheat, barley and rye to make up their super healthy sugar and salt free cereals, which gives the most AMAZING amount of volume for minimal calories - winning! So not only can you use the cereal as a base for your toppings, you can use it as a topping in itself, which is my favourite thing to do. This adds such a nice chewy texture as the puffed grains begin to warm up from the gooey oat base below. I'm literally addicted to this combo at the moment *drooling emoji*

In the above photo I've used one of my favourite cereals by Good Grain, which is a mix of puffed wheat, barley and rye. I've added it as a topping to my zoats (recipe here) along with caramelised banana, plenty of creamy almond butter, cacao nibs, bee pollen and ground flaxseed. This flavour combo is the dream!

To make the caramelised banana: 

1. Pre heat a pan on medium heat and add a tsp of coconut oil

2. Slice banana in half and dust it with ground cinnamon (can eliminate the cinnamon if you wish)

3. Once the oil is warm, place the banana in the pan and fry for 2-3 minutes until golden

4. Flip over the banana and fry for another few minutes 

5. Place on top of your bowl, add the remaining toppings and serve immediately

You can join in with the 5 days, 5 ways challenge on Instagram by creating your bowl and using the hashtag #grainspiration, which gives you the chance to win some amazing prizes, such as a yoga retreat for two people or £100 Zara home vouchers, just to name a few. 

Delicious breakfast bowls and incredible prizes. What's not to love?! Join me on Instagram @jesssriv as we take on the challenge to up our breakfast bowl creativity. Can't wait to see your creations!

Jess x

N.B. This is a sponsored post, however, as always, I never bullshit and all opinions are my own


Saturday, 18 March 2017

Spiced Mocha Proats

I created this recipe for MissFits Nutrition and loved it so much that I thought I'd put it on the blog. It's rich chocolatey goodness combined with my favourite warming spices - perfect for these chilly evenings we're still getting..! If you're not a fan of coffee, you can change the protein flavour to chocolate, which works equally well.

For new MissFits customers, you can get £5 off your first online order with code jesssriv5 

(serves 1)

60g oats
¾ cup almond milk
1 teaspoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt
1 teaspoon sweetener of choice (honey, stevia, maple syrup etc)
¼ cup egg whites
1 sachet of coffee Multitasker

1. Place all ingredients bar the egg whites and protein into a pan and bring to the boil

2. Reduce to a simmer and stir frequently for about 4 minutes until the oats have absorbed all the liquid

3. Once cooked, turn off the heat and add the egg whites. Stir these vigorously until they’re well combined to avoid them scrambling

4. Add the protein powder and mix well (you may need to add more liquid depending on your desired consistency)

5. Pour into a bowl and add toppings – here I have added raw chocolate, cacao nibs and ground flaxseed but add whatever you fancy!

Jess x
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