Throughout most of the best plant-based nutrition books, the experts caution people against eating cereals. But I think for the most part, they’re referring to high sugar cereals that most people eat. Even some of the s0-called healthy granolas and cereal blends with dried fruit contain an absurd amount of added sugar, usually in the form of something like “dehydrated cane juice.” However, sometimes we’ve gotta have a nice big bowl of cereal in the morning, right? It’s comforting and filling, and you can make it very healthy. Here’s what I typically do:
- I take some Ezekiel cereal or make a mixture in a big tupperware container of something along the lines of “Rip’s Big Bowl,” and the first thing I do is add some cinnamon to it. Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory properties and helps control blood sugar, so I add it to any breakfast dish I can.
- I’ll usually add some dried fruit, usually raisins or goji berries, (or a combination of both) next.
- Then I add some raw cacao nibs for some crunch (they also contain a ton of antioxidants and may even increase heart health), some chia seeds (slows the absorption of sugar, high in omega-3’s, and high in protein, among other things), some plant milk (I like almond).
- Then I’ll top it with some fruit like thinly sliced and quartered banana (I quarter the whole banana first, then slice it), and maybe I’ll even add a little date syrup or maple syrup for sweetness. Here’s what it looks like: