What's the first meal of the day that you nourish your body with? How do you feel after?
After my morning ritual of yoga, movement and meditation, I love to break-fast with a nutrient-dense belly-warming bowl of superfood oatmeal. After years of eating variations of this each morning, I still get excited about it! It's a deliciously fun way to eat raw plants and receive their gifts of prana, or vital life force energy. Packed with vegan proteins, fruits, whole grains, fiber, minerals and more, I often feel energized, grounded and inspired to connect with the world after.
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Since childhood, I've enjoyed my meals even more when I understand and can appreciate the ingredients' nutritional value and health benefits. So here are some ingredients you might choose to put in your oatmeal and a few of their health perks:
Try to choose organic whenever possible!
- Oats (of course!), help reduce blood sugar levels and cholesterol and promotes healthy gut bacteria
- Walnuts, promote brain health and are rich in antioxidants and protein
- Pumpkin seeds, boost immune system with zinc
- Almond butter, rich source of protein, calcium, magnesium, potassium and manganese
- Banana, rich source of potassium, magnesium and Vitamins B6, A and C
- Blueberries, rich in antioxidants, fiber and Vitamins C and K
- Ginger, Turmeric and Black Pepper, anti-inflammatory
- Cinnamon, boost metabolism
- Spirulina, rich source of protein, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
- Coconut yogurt, provides probiotics for healthy digestion
- Goji berries, rich in Vitamin C and A, fiber and iron and promotes eye health and immune system function
And, the most important ingredient for a happy, healthy and harmonious meal is gratitude, so remember all the plants, insects, animals, earth elements and humans who harmonized to produce the nourishment you'll enjoy!
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I’ve had dozens of instructors over the years, but Michelle is far and away the best yoga mentor I’ve ever practiced with. She epitomizes grace during these difficult times. Michelle has saved my sanity and my back while working from home, keeping me grounded with her sharing of yogic teachings and meditation techniques. Her repertoire of physical asanas is encyclopedic, and I’ve loved learning new poses and stretching my boundaries. Jump in, all. You’ve got this!
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