Oats are super nutritious. Not only do they contain an ample amount of vitamins, minerals, they are also high in fiber. Whole oats are rich in antioxidants and polyphenols (a specific antioxidant compounds that give plants some of their color, flavor, and healing qualities). Oats may help control blood pressure and blood sugar, lower cholsterol (because of their high fiber content), and help with weight management.
Berries not only make your breakfast look pretty, they also up the nutrient content due to their antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The deep blue color in Blueberries for example is related to high amounts of phytonutrients called anthocyanidins. These phytonutrients aid in the process of neutralizing free radical damage, which means they are super important when it comes to disease prevention.
Strawberries are high in phenols, another important phytonutrient. Phenols are responsible for protecting you from disease and promoting good health. Strawberries may reduce macular degeneration of the eyes, and are an excellent source of potassium, fiber, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, iodine, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and copper.
Blackberries are powerful antioxidants as well. They are high in chronic disease and cancer-fighting compounds like vitamins C, E, and ellagic acid. In addition they contain ample amounts of pectin, a soluble fiber that may help lower cholesterol and prevent cancer.
You might ask yourself how cacao fits in all that? Raw, organic cacao is rich in antioxidants (much higher than blueberries) and flavanols (they keep you young and healthy!). Cacao is the hightest source of plant-based iron (7.3mg per 100g!), has got more calcium than milk (160mg per 100g vs 125mg per 100ml of milk), and is full of magnesium. Magnesium is important for a healthy heart, and helps turn glucose into energy making sure that your brain is able to work with laser-sharp clarity and focus.
And as we all know Cacao makes us happy! That’s because it is a source of bliss chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine. They are associated with feelings of wellbeing, happiness, and can even alleviate depression.
Today’s breakfast is a natural, healthy, delicious way to get your happy buzz on. Enjoy!
In vibrant health,