Why you should enjoy warm breakfast even in summerAugust 12, 2020
Thirty degrees in the shade are a great way to enjoy cold food and drinks. Warm porridge is therefore unthinkable in the morning. But as we have already recognized in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and in Ayurveda thousands of years ago, warm breakfast also brings essential advantages in summer.
Why warm breakfast is also recommended in the hot summer months, you can find out here:
- The advantages of warm breakfast
- Warm breakfast according to Ayurveda and TCM
- Porridge as a warm breakfast in summer
- Recipe ideas for warm breakfast in summer
- Porridge with berry sauce
- Quinoa porridge with berries
The advantages of warm breakfast
Even in summer, warm breakfast brings a lot of advantages. For example, it is easy on your digestion because the meal is already at operating temperature, so to speak. Your body doesn’t have to expend any extra energy to heat up your food. But not only that, the nutrients can also be better absorbed.
It is also said that warm breakfast strengthens the immune system. Although we are less prone to colds in summer than in the cold seasons, the extra immune strength certainly can’t hurt during the holiday season.
In addition to the health benefits, a warm breakfast also makes you feel full for longer without feeling too full. Provided you choose a light, warm breakfast like porridge.
Warm breakfast according to Ayurveda and TCM
Also in the Indian naturopathy Ayurveda and in the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) warm breakfast has a high value.
Thousands of years ago it was already known that food is more digestible if we eat it warm. Both teachings speak of an increased sense of well-being when we rely on cooked breakfast.
According to the Ayurvedic diet you support your digestive fire (Agni) best when your food is warm. Only when your Agni is strong your food can be fully digested and the nutrients from it can be optimally absorbed. A well-functioning digestive fire will give you the energy you need to enjoy the warm days in summer.
Since, according to Ayurveda, sluggish digestion can also lead to sleeping problems, a warm breakfast is especially important in summer. Because of the heat we tend to sleep less well.
In TCM it is also said that warm food strengthens the digestion and the immune system. Only if your body is not busy bringing the food you eat to operating temperature first, a good interaction between stomach and spleen is possible. This in turn builds up the life energy, also called Qi. If the Qi cannot flow freely, diseases can develop.
According to TCM, a warm breakfast also helps against tiredness and listlessness.
Porridge as a warm breakfast in summer
Porridge is probably one of the most popular warm breakfast dishes, and with good reason. The delicious porridge has a number of health benefits that you can also benefit from in the summer.
Oat flakes, the local superfood, make a major contribution to this.
The power of oatmeal
Oats not only provide numerous vitamins and nutrients, but also contain healthy dietary fibres that keep us full for a long time and protect our blood sugar level.
For this reason, the cereal is well suited to the diet of people with type 2 diabetes and oats are also known to lower cholesterol levels and prevent cardiovascular disease. Especially in the middle of summer, many people are increasingly struggling with these diseases.
Due to the ideal composition of complex carbohydrates and vegetable protein, oat flakes also make you feel full for a long time. So you can spend your summer days actively and enjoy them without any loss of energy.
Summery porridge after your fancy
Summer gives us many delicious fruits, which give your breakfast a breeze of holiday. Whether cherries, apricots or all kinds of berries – summer fruits are delicious toppings for your breakfast porridge.
So that a warm breakfast in summer still tastes like a holiday, it is best to cut your favourite fruits into small pieces and mix it into your porridge. There are no limits to your creativity. Try out the colourful range of fruits and find your favourite.
Recipe ideas for warm breakfast in summer
Classic warm breakfast in a summer dress
Berries are a delicious summer snack and are also a real enrichment for your porridge. In our porridge with berry sauce, the cheeky little fruits add natural sweetness to your breakfast. This way, a warm breakfast still tastes wonderfully fresh in summer.
Porridge with berry sauce
- 50 g oat flakes
- 250 ml milk or a plan-based alternative
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tsp agave syrup
- 150 g berries (fresh or freeze-dried)
- First, put the oat flakes in a pot with a pinch of salt and the milk or plant-based drink and let it boil up briefly. Stir briefly again and again.
- Then remove the pot from the oven and add the teaspoon of agave syrup.
- Then let the porridge steep for about 2-3 minutes.
- In the meantime, wash the berries well and then put them in a bowl and mix them with a hand blender or a normal blender.
- Then put the oatmeal in a bowl and add half of the pureed berries and stir well. Then pour the remaining berries over the porridge.
Gluten-free protein bomb
Also with berries, or optionally with another summer fruit, our gluten-free quinoa porridge is convincing. The pseudo grain from South America is now also very popular here and is known as a vegan protein source.
It takes a little longer to prepare than the classic porridge with oat flakes, but the taste definitely makes up for it.
Quinoa porridge with berries
- 70 g quinoa
- 150 ml plant drink
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- 50 g berries
- 15 g walnuts
- Put the quinoa in a saucepan with double the amount of liquid and let the quinoa simmer for about 10 minutes.
- After 10 minutes of cooking time, add the plant drink and the agave syrup to the pot and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.
- Once your quinoa porridge is ready and has a creamy consistency, turn off the heat and add the berries and stir in.
- Try the quinoa porridge and add some agave syrup if necessary.
- As a topping you can take different nuts, we have taken walnuts here.