My schedule has recently changed and it has opened up the morning hours at home instead of heading out at 6 a.m. Delicious! As a motivational speaker on health my daily priorities are 1 – food, 2- fitness, and 3 – fun. This new luxury of time in the a.m. has inspired me to experiment with different breakfast foods, extend my 5 minute yoga practice to 30 minutes and enjoy the company of my family, kitty cats included.
This morning I decided to try a combination of foods and spices that were a little more exotic than my typical (yet delicious&nutritious) smoothies, yogurts, fruits&nuts, whole grain toast&almond butters, etc.
O M G !
The soft chewiness of black rice cooked with cinnamon and ginger, mixed with a touch of honey and vanilla, topped with luscious mango, creamy coconut milk and soul-satisfying avocado. It took my breath away.
Fellow motivational speakers of MSR and all else who read this, I present to you Heaven-In-A-Bowl.
- 1 cup uncooked black rice
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups coconut milk
- 1 ½ cups cubed mango or pineapple
- 1 ripe avocado, cubed
Place water, black rice, cinnamon and ginger into a medium-size saucepan. Cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes (or until all the liquid has been absorbed). Stir in honey and vanilla. Let cool for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness, if desired (I like it just the way it is – not too sweet). Divide rice between 4 bowls and top with coconut milk, mango and avocado. (Each serving contains 552 calories, 33g fat, 0 cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 35g carbs, 5g fiber, 15g sugars, 4g protein)
I can hear you all now, "WHAT?? 552 calories?? 33g of fat?? Just let me say 3 things: This is considered a meal, not a snack, eat it on a day that you’re going to be active, the fats are heart healthy (yes, even coconut fat).
Now get up early and shake up your breakfast routine by giving heaven a visit and feel nourished till noon! Have a delicious day!