I have a confession to make: I am a grown ass woman and I only started eating breakfast regularly a few months ago. I know, I know, most important meal of the day and all that. But hear me out! I am a full-on zombie troll in the mornings. It takes me 20 minutes to drive to work, but I set my alarm for 6 AM because it takes me literally several hours to become human enough to interact with other people. I have a mental breakdown if I’ve forgotten to pre-set the coffee. The thought of making breakfast has always been laughable.
And yet…one of my recent wellness goals was to start eating breakfast. I wanted it to be easy, fast, and healthy. I thought: oatmeal! Oatmeal is good for you and literally takes 60 seconds in the microwave (Yes, I know you can make it on the stove, but come on, man).
Oatmeal is great, but can be sort of blah on its own, so I started adding a scoop of homemade trail mix. I can make it in advance, see? No morning prep required. I like this trail mix, because it’s pretty tasty, inexpensive, and it makes my oatmeal healthy AF.
Here’s what I use:
Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are like a little powerhouse of vitamins. They’re packed with magnesium, zinc, healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers. They’re also a good anti-inflammatory. The taste is a bit much for some people, but I dig it.
Sunflower seeds: Sunflower seeds are also chock full of good stuff like vitamin E, copper, folate, zinc, iron and fiber. They add a good crunch to the trail mix, and the taste isn’t as intense as a pumpkin seed.
Goji berries: Goji berries add a little sweetness to the mix, but they’re also a superfood thought to improve the immune system, protect against cancer and other diseases, and even boost brain activity. I mean, why wouldn’t you eat them?
Coconut flakes: You probably already know that coconuts are basically good for every single inch of your body, inside and out. The health benefits of coconuts are endless, and the flakes add a nice texture and taste to the trail mix.
Hemp granola: Hemp is a superfood that is loaded with Omega-6 and Omega-3, protein, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. I like including hemp granola because it’s vitamin-rich and not full of sugar like other granola. I don’t mix my own, I buy this one from Whole Foods.
And that’s it! I literally pour all the ingredients into a Ziploc bag, shake it up, and then add a scoop to my oatmeal. It takes about two minutes to make every morning and I can feel confident that I had something really good for me. Plus, all that protein keeps me full until lunch.
Optional: I’ll usually add a little cinnamon to my oatmeal for flavor. I don’t personally like things super-sweet, but if this recipe just isn’t doing it for you, you can always add dried blueberries, cranberries or raisins as well.
Do you make your own trail mix? I’m always looking for new things to add to mine and I’d love to share recipes.