We love Saint Patrick’s Day at our house! And not just because of the amazing story of Saint Patrick’s kindness, which is remembered on this day, but also because it is our dating anniversary…
TEN years ago today, Chris and I had our very FIRST date. Albeit, it started off with his entire family at Scott’s Seafood and Steak House, but it was our first date nonetheless. The fact that is was going to be our first date was a total surprise to me. All week he had been inviting several of us to join his family excursions while they were visiting him at college from out of town, but when I showed up to dinner that night, it was just me (completely underdressed by the way) with his whole family. Now, don’t get me wrong, we had been hanging out in groups for a while and talking for ridiculous amounts of time on the phone each night, but we had never spent any time together in a formal way…
So after a great dinner with his family (I have exceptional in-laws!), we had our first solo romantic walk along Newport Beach in the sunny and wonderful California. This marked a sixty something day stretch where we were TOGETHER nonstop. Possibly missing classes, baseball team requirements, and ditching all of our friends. We were together as much as we could be before the school year ended and we had to go back home to different states for the summer.
(look at those baby faces from our early days!)
But enough reminiscing … and on to the breakfast bowl!
Now, we have a variation of fruit, nuts, and oatmeal most mornings for breakfast, so it is important to mix it up and keep it interesting (for Evelyn that is, I could eat hot oatmeal any morning of the week and be completely happy). I know smoothie bowls are no new idea, but my kid is now old enough to eat one by herself and get most of it in her mouth, which is pretty important when trying to get her fed in the morning.
Breakfast bowls are easy to make with whatever you have on hand, and can be customized for what you and your family like to eat. The only required ingredient is bananas (either fresh or frozen). Here is what we made in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day:
A Shamrock Banana Oat and Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl
- 2 small spotty ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup gf rolled oatmeal
- 1/2 cup unsweetened original almond milk
- 1 teaspoon barley grass juice powder (you can substitute 1/2 cup fresh spinach)
- 1/4 cup plain chia pudding (recipe below)
- Toppings: sliced bananas, berries, nuts, seeds, cacao nibs, coconut flakes, granola, etc…
- Place bananas, oatmeal, almond milk and barley grass juice powder in a blender, and blend until completely smooth.
- Pour in a bowl and top with some chia pudding.
- Add whatever toppings suit your fancy.
To make chia seed pudding simply place 1/4 cup of chia seeds in a bowl and add 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened original almond milk and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Whisk until well combined, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
And that’s it. Super simple to make and the flavor options are endless. Give it a try and see how fancy you will feel when eating your breakfast. These are also great to take on the go or have as an afternoon snack as well. It also serves as a great platform to sneak in some dark leafy greens…which we all need more of in our life, right?
These bowls are healthy, filling, rich in protein and omega’s, and a great way to give your body an energy boost in the morning!