A lot has been said about the health benefits of Intermittent Fasting (IF). From an evolutionary perspective, it makes sense to go without food for extended periods of time before you finally hunt down a source of food. Since going Primal/Paleo at the beginning of 2012, I have been doing IF on most mornings for much of 2012 and 2013. I would have my last meal around 9 PM the night before and not eat until noon the next day. Generally, it works quite well to shed some body fat (as well as muscle mass) to achieve a caloric deficit at the end of the day. However, I would often overeat at night-time just so I could hit my caloric baseline requirements. If your goal is to add some mass to your frame, IF is definitely not optimal.
Being a biohacker I like to mix things up every once in a while because there is nothing worse than being religiously married with one nutrition dogma and having it dictate your life. That’s why I only do IF 1-2 mornings /week. The other mornings I actually enjoy having a decently-sized breakfast so I can get in enough calories for the day. Here’s my breakfast recipe I have been doing for more than 2 weeks now. It tastes freaking awesome:
Super Awesome Porridge Extravaganza
Roughly 100 g of oatmeal (I am currently using a quinoa/oatmeal mix)
Handful of organic blueberries (frozen/fresh)
4 x shots of espresso
1 huge tablespoon of virgin coconut oil
1 x scoop (25 g) of vanilla flavoured whey protein
Lots of Ceylon Cinnamon
Optional: Kiwi, Apple, Orange etc.
Pour the hot espresso over the oatmeal to make a porridge out of it. I pour over some additional boiling water so the oatmeal gets really mushy. Then add the coconut oil so it has time to melt. Add the whey protein, cinnamon and blueberries and mix it up really well. Ready!
What I love the most about this that I essentially get to eat my coffee. I still love to drink pure black unsweetened coffee but every now and then, it feels refreshing change the way you consume food/beverages.
In addition, especially during winter it feels like my body really enjoys having fruit from the citrus family – oranges, blood oranges, kiwis, apples, pears etc. I usually just chop whatever fruit I have around into the porridge.
I Am Not Carb-Phobic
In case you are wondering: I am not really concerned about the carbs in the morning. I used to be phobic about not having carbs in the morning. I have a really fast metabolism and at 23 years of age my body works well with carbs in the morning. I also don’t really get the carb-induced blood sugar crush around noon that most people experience.
At some point I will probably get bored with eating this porridge variation day in and day out – but for the moment that’s what I love having in the morning.
Any other breakfast recipes you love and want to share in the comments section?