Think about a warm bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning. Sounds pretty good right?
Sometimes it takes some warm food to feel truly satisfied, a protein bar won’t always cut it (although I personally love them!). Unfortunately most of those store bought oatmeal packages have more sugar and calories than any breakfast should. So start your day on a positive note with this satisfying bowl that is a well balanced, nutritious option!
If you want to learn all about the great health benefits of sweet potatoes, and get another phenomenal breakfast recipe to add to your repertoire while you’re at it, check out my pumpkin sweet potato breakfast cookies.
Because sweet potatoes get a bad rap! People hear “potato” and automatically think the dish must be bad for you. But they are actually really nutritious. And on top of that I love the variation they provide. You can enjoy them as a sweet or savory meal or side dish, so you can switch it up depending on what you are in the mood for!
Have it Your Way
No this is not Burger King. But you can still have it your way! You can customize the toppings you put in your bowl to whatever you are craving that day. In fact, I encourage it! Tailoring this to your preferences will make you enjoy it more, plus you are more likely to have such ingredients on hand already. No need to go to the grocery store and buy a zillion new ingredients to enjoy this bowl!
In order to create the ideal balanced breakfast from this dish, you need to think about your toppings! Our recipe includes almond butter – providing healthy fats and protein, gogi berries – a superfood fruit that adds incredible vitamins and antioxidants, as well as some local honey – which helps fight allergies. Then we added some chocolate because, well, who doesn’t love chocolate.
You can use some of our toppings, all of our toppings, or choose your own toppings. Just try to include a variety of different items – fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. – so that your bowl contains a variety of proteins, good fats, and carbs. The proteins will keep you full until lunch to avoid extra snacking, and the carbs will help give you the energy you need to get your day started on the right foot.
One Step Prep
There is really only one “cooking” step required to make this bowl. And that is cooking your potato! You have a couple options here. One I like to call the long way, the other the short way. The long way is to cook it in the oven – I suggest about 45 minutes on 400F. The short way, and my preferred way, is to just stick it in the microwave! You need to poke holes throughout the potato first, but then you can just place it in the microwave and cook for about 5 minutes and it will be soft and ready to go!
After your microwave or oven timer let’s you know it’s ready, cut your sweet potato in two, scoop out the insides, and start mashing! I just used my personal strength (or lack thereof) and a fork. But if you prefer a smoother, more whipped sweet potato you can mix using an electric mixer or hand mixer.
Beginning, Middle, or End
The best part about this bowl? It also makes a great snack and dessert! You can add extra goodies in it to curb a sweets craving late at night, or use it as an afternoon pick-me-up to get you through the rest of your work day. The choices is yours, but luckily there is no wrong way to go! Whether you begin, continue, or end your day with this bowl, you will be glad you did.