lotus granola

When dawn breaks, my day begins. Food wise I start her by rehydrating with a huge season inspired smoothie and continue with second breakfast around 10.00 AM. It is my body that tells me to and I merely listen, and happily obey. It feels dry and stagnant after waking, which explains my need for fluids. Around mid morning I start to build an appetite, feel a burn around my stomach area, and physically crave something robust. Listening to the wisdom of the body and, in my case not immediately overwhelming it with heavy foods, is crucial to sustain health and wellbeing. When we eat when we’re not hungry, wait too long or eat things that are either too heavy or too light to satisfy our current needs, we ignore our digestive signals and set the tone for a life lived out of balance. Coffee suppresses appetite and blurs your bodies wise physiological signals. This is why those who start their day with java on an empty stomach can find not having any desire for food until much later in the day. Yet our needs stay the same. Our form requires hydration and nutrition to get going and move from dormant to expressively active. Whether you choose to start your day with a smoothie or something a bit more substantial, try listening to the signals your body sends. Do your mouth and skin feel dry? Add fluids. No hunger but already fully active? Have something light. Feeling light-headed and weak? Eat something sturdy and strengthening. Wait for your body to tell you when to eat the next time you grab your bite. And wait a little with your beautiful cup of caramel coloured coffee because of its signal blurring effect. In ayurveda coffee is best consumed later in the day and after a meal, which turns it from a cue blocker into a strong digestive aid.

Because the principle of second breakfast might seem a bit impractical to some of you working at an office, I serve you a tasty easy-to-take-along second (or first or third or seventh ; ) breakfast option. I usually make a huge batch of this granola, which lasts me a week or two. Such quick and nourishing food that gives lasting energy, mental clarity and strong focus to get you through the day in the most vital of ways. Feel free to watch me make it in this short little cooking video and join me whilst baking this finger-licking lotus granola.

Xoxo kyra.

'When we eat when we’re not hungry, wait too long or eat things that are either too heavy or too light to satisfy our current needs, we ignore our digestive signals and set the tone for a life lived out of balance.'

RECIPE

Lotus granola

 

Makes 4-5 servings

Takes 15 minutes

 

Ingredients

Granola

6 hands oats

2 large hands lotus chips

2 hands dried white mulberries

1 hand poppy seeds

1 large hand black sesame seeds

6 tablespoons brown rice syrup

3 tablespoons cocoa butter

2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract

 

Optional

Matcha green tea powder

 

Serve with

(Coco)nut yoghurt, nut mylk or raw organic goats yoghurt.

 

Instructions

Preheat oven at 170 degrees Celsius. Mix oats, lotus chips, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, rice syrup, cocoa butter and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Scoop onto baking tray lined with baking paper. Place in the oven and bake for 8 minutes or so, until golden brown. You may want to turn the granola over half way through, just to make sure all sides are equally toasted. Take out of the oven, cool, add dried mulberries and store in an airtight glass container. Enjoy when desired over (coconut) yoghurt and a small scoop (½ tsp) of matcha green tea powder.

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