Wake up to this warm breakfast bowl on a cold winter morning! Made with ancient grains (your choice – amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, etc. will do!), coconut water or nut milk, and anti-inflammatory spices like cinnamon and clove, this is a meal that is as hearty and satisfying as it is good for you.

Because ancient grains are easily digested – and provide the body with fuel in turn – they make for an ideal pre-workout breakfast. The grains do need to be cooked; however, they are easily prepared in advance and reheated. You can even opt to boil the grains in water ahead of time and stir in the heated spiced milk when you are ready to eat.

Winter Morning (Or Any Time!) Breakfast Bowl (Serves 2)


  • 1 cup of grains such as amaranth, buckwheat, or quinoa
  • 2½ cups coconut water or nut milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise pod (optional)
  • Fresh Fruit: apples, pears, blackberries, cranberries, persimmons, etc.
  • Maple syrup (optional)


  1. To make the grain bowls: Place the grains, coconut water/nut milk, and spices in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat the medium-low. Cook for approximately 20-25 minutes (or to package directions) until the grains are tender. Remove from the heat and discard the whole spices. Serve with desired fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup, if desired.

What’s your go-to winter breakfast?


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