When I started this journey to heal my leaky gut, I found myself dropping weight extremely fast. At first it was really awesome, but when the scale was down 13 pounds in less than 2 weeks, I was concerned. Looking back, my body was clearly just in an inflammatory state and giving my body whole nutrition was finally giving it a break.
Initially I felt very limited with food and was trying to find ways to spice things up. This is how my favorite meal of the day came into fruition. It all started with a smashed banana/coconut yogurt mixture. At some point I had read that women are supposed to eat 25-30 grams of fiber a day. I thought “holy crap, there is no way I’ve been eating enough fiber in my diet!”
After some research, I decided that chia seeds, spinach/kale, and sprouted ground flax seeds would be a good addition. The collagen and other things also finally made it’s way in as I started messing with the recipe more.
I start with blending 1 banana, a handful of spinach (I switch this out for kale every other week), 2 giant scoops of great lakes collagen, and a cup of unsweetened coconut yogurt. If you want to turn this into a smoothie, just add water or any unsweetened milk of your choice. I bought all of these items at Publix, but you can purchase this collagen on amazon.
After this is well blended, I take a bowl and put in 1 tbs of chia seeds and sprouted ground flax (I started with 1 tsp each and worked my way up) and then pour the mix on top. The reason I put this in the bottom of the bowl before pouring my yogurt mixture in is because it makes it easier to stir without losing seeds off the side of your bowl.
The chia seeds came from sprouts and I ordered the sprouted ground flax seed from amazon. If you are wondering if sprouted is important when picking your flax seeds, I will tell you that I personally chose sprouted because it is easier for your body to digest. It is totally up to you, but you definitely at least want ground flax at the very minimum. I’ve seen both of these also at publix in the spice section (badia brand – not pictured).
The toppings are completely optional to your taste! I do blueberries, granola, and cinnamon. I’ve also done strawberries before as well. The granola is completely optional. I added it because I like the crunch and the cacao taste. Lastly, I choose badia spices because they are gluten free.
And then you have your final product. Breakfast is definitely the highlight of my day and if you are going to try any of the recipes I have shared, try this one. It is packed full of anti-inflammatory foods and has around 15g of fiber, which takes you over halfway to your fiber goal of the day! Let me know what you think!
1 handful of spinach (or whatever green you prefer)
1 cup of unsweetened coconut yogurt
2 heaping tbs of Great Lakes Collagen
1tbp chia seeds
1tbs sprouted ground flax seed
1/3 cup of granola (optional)
handful of berries
dash of cinnamon
- Blend up 1 banana, 1 handful of greens, 1 cup of yogurt, and 2 tbs of collagen.
- Pour chia seeds and flax seed into the bowl and then pour the yogurt mixture on top.
- Add optional toppings as needed