My Top 5 Yogi Breakfasts In Tunisia
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day by far. Yoga first thing with lots of lemon and water ( girls gotta hydrate after several hours sleeping ) followed by a pot of tea and one of these breakfasts, along with an incredibly good book is my idea of a dream morning.
All these recipes use easy to find products and in my no-nutrition-qualification-opinion are healthy ( and delicious ). Having said that, each person has different needs in the morning. So explore what sets you up best for the day.
Equally, on different days and in different seasons we need different things. I am often asked can yoga help us lose weight, and I believe one way in which it can help is that yoga is about listening to the body.
As we heighten our self awareness through yoga, we can tune into the intelligence of the body and what it needs to feel good.
Yoga’s sister science ayurveda is a great accompaniment to yoga and can help us understand what we need to find balance in our own unique body with the idea that our food is our medicine.
But that is a whole other article! For now check out the following and let me know if you try them!
1.Banana Oat Pancakes
These are delicious with fruit and yoghurt, jam, peanut butter ...whatever you fancy, all you need is a good blender and you’re good to go!
Leftover Pancake mix can be put in the fridge and used the next day. Pancakes everyday!
2.Pimped Up Bsissa
Bsissa is a traditional Tunisian breakfast, which is a blend of flour (such as barley, wheat, oat) and various spices ( such as thyme, ginger, rosemary ). A little olive oil, water and honey/sugar is then added to create a delicious peanut butter style paste. This stuff keeps you full!
You can find it ready made, often with a lot of sugar added, which then makes it a less healthy option. I love the sugar-free organic bsissa from Seniatna, which I then decorate with whatever I fancy. Or for mornings short on time Seniatna also do a ready made sugar-free bsissa in cute little jars. I love their Sesame Bsissa, which is blended with dried roses and orange peel. Too lovely.
This is perfect if you just want a bowl of cereal but don’t want to buy one laden with sugar and unknown oils and stuff you can’t even pronounce. Super easy to make, I use local olive oil and local honey for the best granola in town.
Oats again! I use large flake oats for a nice texture and nutty flavour when cooked.
Half a cup of oats with half a cup of milk and half a cup of water is my ratio for one serving. I then add a little cinnamon and a little olive or coconut oil.
Cook on the stove on a low heat, stirring lots until it’s simmering hot. Put in bowl, stir in some honey ( never cook the honey ), add your favourite topping and serve!
If you run better on a protein based breakfast barley is your grain. It’s full of protein and has a nutty flavour and chewy texture. It takes a while to cook so putting half a cup of barley in one cup of water overnight in the fridge is a good plan.
The next day, simply drain the water and serve like cereal with milk or yoghurt andddd of course your favourite toppings!