Our digestion is particular sensitive first thing in the morning, so overnight soaked breakfast are a fast option for a gut soothing breakfast.
Think about all that effort your body has to go through to digest a large breakfast after hours of sleeping. I try to give my system a helping hand from time to time by incorporating more soaked breakfasts into my routine.
Here are some of the way soaking your oats, nuts or seeds before consumption can benefit your gut health.
Soaking helps breakdown anti-nutrients found in oats and other grains that are typically difficult to digest. These elements can irritate the gut, disrupt digestion, and leave you feeling bloated, so soaking beforehand helps alleviate these symptoms.
Less irritation in the gut means that we’re more able to absorb the goodness from the food we’re eating. Nutrient deficiencies are a common cause of over eating, so getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals is essential in order to curb cravings.
Not only is the texture yummy, it’s also really easy to eat, which is good if you suffer from indigestion or bloating. Soft foods are easier to consume - and if you're in a rush, you can take this breakfast on-the-go and slowly enjoy when you have time.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
*Recipe loosely adapted from Anna Jones’s Bircher muesli
- 100g gluten free oats
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp pistachios
- 2 tbsp coconut flakes
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 400ml nut milk
- 1/2 tsp high quality vanilla powder
- Zest and juice of 1 lime or lemon
- handful of organic blueberries
- 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
HOW TO MAKE
1. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl and stir well
2. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and stir well
3. Cover and put in the fridge to soak for a couple of hours, or overnight
4. Top with fresh fruit when ready to eat