Can’t wait to start the Christmas festivities? Get started with this indulgent hot chocolate porridge.
It’s on November 21st but we are in full Christmas swing. The decorations are up, the Christmas playlist is on a constant loop, and of course the food is indulgent af. But we do things differently round here, Christmas included. We enjoy good flavourful food, but we also value our health and wellbeing, so we make sure every meal is nutritionally dense. Food that feeds the soul and feeds the body.
A Wholefood Plantbased Christmas
Here at Restorative Wellbeing we focus on plantbased diet constituting of mainly wholefoods. This creating a nutrient focused diet, heavy in a large variety of micronutrients, perfect for healing. This is a diet that for me (Emily, founder of restorative wellbeing) has been life changing. Along side working on the other aspects of my wellbeing through mindset, movement, and my overall attitude how I approach my life, I have created a life of healing. Christmas is no exception to that.
The same as any holiday season, I don’t see it as a reason to ‘cheat’ or ‘be naughty’. Don’t get me wrong I love all the flavours and indulgence of Christmas, but healing is a lifestyle not just some fad for that ‘summer bod’ In fact I don’t live like this for any aesthetic purpose. Determined my first Christmas after adopting a healthier lifestyle would still be epic. Why should I have to compromise?
In all honesty though, that first year was a bit of a flop. I found some great recipes, and really enjoyed experimenting. However, navigating family was stressful. Even 8 years down the line, even the most well meaning family don’t quite get the no sugar thing. Being so new into the wholefood plant based lifestyle I simply didn’t have the willpower to resist. It’s been many years of learning to navigate these waters now.
But don’t worry I have a full series of Christmas recipes and survival tip for you this winter to make it, your season of healing and health.
Learn to love breakfast
Whenever I work with my private 1-1 clients one of our first steps is working on that morning routine, and of course finding breakfasts they can get excited about. I am a very food motivated person, actually my whole family is. We have found one of the simplest ways to get out of bed in the morning with a spring in your step is to have a breakfast that excites you. For my kids this is pancakes, or a smoothie bowls. For myself and my partner however, it is a dessert flavoured porridge bowl with allll the toppings.
Of course with the cold dark weather over Christmas, porridge bowls are even more in demand. Bringing comfort, warmth and a perfect little hygge moment to the mornings. It perfectly ticks the feeds the body, feeds the soul tick list.
When compiling recipes for my Christmas food list, I started with listing all my favourite Christmas flavours, then adapted them to recipes I knew were simple and nourishing. This is a great way to make 1 recipes feel like something new every day. It also curbs the overwhelm of learning lots of new recipes when adapting to a new lifestyle. Let’s face it our brains can only take in a hold on to some much, and we overload them far too often.
There are my top 10 Christmas flavours:
- Hot chocolate
- Black forest gatue
- Mulled spices
- Cheese and fruit (cheese board)
- Chocolate orange and chocolate mint
This recipe is obviously inspired by a classic hot chocolate. Who doesn’t want hot chocolate for breakfast?
This is actually a really simple recipe, but. the extra richness of the raw cocao gives the comfort from a good quality hot chocolate. This si also a great recipe for prementral chcoclate cravings, giving your body the magnesium it is actually craving . Magnesium heps to balence hormones and reduce PMS symtptoms.
Hot Chocolate Porridge
- 1/2 cup rolled porridge oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp cacao nibs
- 1 tbsp Almonds or hazelnuts
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- Add the water, oats, cacao powder and maple syrup to a heavy bottomed saucepan.
- Put over a low heat and continuously stir until thick and creamy (around 5 minuets)
- Remove from the heat, serve in your favourite bowl, topped with cacao nibs, nuts and ground flaxseeds.
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