My Go-To Breakfasts

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I 100% back that. It kick-starts your metabolism allowing your body to easily digest food for the rest of the day and gives you the energy to go about your day with your usual swagger. I’m the type of person who likes to change things up quite regularly, I get bored very easily especially when it comes to repeating foods. Therefore, I have a small selection of my favourite breaky’s that I change between each day. This means I’m not thrashing a certain food and end up never wanting to see the sight of it again… Each is an easy combination of ingredients that are great to fuel your body and leave you feeling satisfied until 12pm comes around. If you find you’re getting sick of your usual breaky routine, try these to change it up!

Porridge

I know what your probably thinking.. Porridge is pretty average. But stop right there! You can add so many different ingredients to porridge to make it tastier and better for you then what it already is. My two favourite combos would have to be porridge with warmed berries and nut mix, or banana, cinnamon and chia seeds. You can even mix in peanut butter or cacao nibs! It’s probably one of the most filling and beneficial breakys you can feed yourself, and just like the rest, it’s a piece of cake (I wish) to whip up.

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Vegemite + Avo on Rye Toast

What a weird combo you might say, but don’t judge until you try it. If you’re an avocado crazed fan like myself, and you also enjoy the salty taste of a lil’ vegemite spread, then I can assure you your tastebuds will know what heaven feels like after you combine these two. I choose to have this on dark rye bread as it is good for digestion and leaves you feeling fuller for longer. I also use ‘Nuttalex’ over butter as a dairy free option. Deeeeeeelicious!

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Homemade Granola

Granola is such a healthy breakfast meal, especially if you make it yourself. You are able to cut the crap that store brought brands might add in, such as sugars and preservatives. There are hundreds of granola recipes you can access online or in cook books, and most of them are fairly easy to whip up. I do enjoy my cooking, but you won’t find me slaving over the kitchen stove for anything longer then about an hour. I like things that are quick and simple, so if your anything like me then here’s your best bet…

Cacao & Puffed Quinoa Granola

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (25g) raw cacao powder
  • ¼ cup (60ml) maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 cups (280g) hazelnuts, roughly chopped
  • 3 ½ cups (105g) puffed quinoa
  • 1 cup (130g) slivered pistachios
  • ¼ cup (45g) black chia seeds
  • 1 cup (75g) shredded coconut

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C and line tray with baking paper.
  • In a small saucepan, combine cacao, maple syrup, vanilla extract and water over low heat.
  • Wisk for about 2 – 3 minutes or until warmed through and the cacao has dissolved. Pour into large mixing bowl.
  • Add the hazelnuts, quinoa, pistachios and chia. Mix well to coat.
  • Spread over the baking tray and cook for 25 minutes, stir halfway.
  • Sprinkle coconut over the top and cook for a further 5 minutes or until crisp and golden.

This recipe is curtesy of the cooking goddess Donna Hay and her recipe book ‘Light + Fresh’ issue 4. I can highly recommend all the ‘Light + Fresh’ cook book range, they are chock full of amazing recipes and I am in love with the photography. This granola keeps for about two weeks in an air tight container. I enjoy it best served with a dollop of vanilla yoghurt, sliced banana and blueberries.

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Peanut Butter, Banana + Cinnamon on Rye Toast

This combo is extra filling and extra tasty. On toasted dark rye bread I load up with a crunchy peanut butter spread, slices of fresh banana, a pinch of cinnamon sugar plus a light sprinkle of chia seeds for some of dat omega-3 goodness. It’s a simple breaky if you have the ingredients on hand, and except for the banana, they keep for ages. It’s a good choice if your feeling something on the sweater side, but don’t want to deal with the guilt afterwards!

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The Standard Smavo (Smashed Avocado)

When I first became obsessed with smavo, I was simply too lazy to make it myself. I just assumed there was too much effort involved especially for breakfast when you’re generally needing to be somewhere, and for some, already running late. This was until I actually tried it one day, and found it was a whole lot easier then I thought. I create my smavo using half an avocado smashed together with sliced cherry tomatoes, feta cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice spread over two slices of rye bread with salt and pepper to top. It’s a great breaky idea if you feel like treating yourself to something a little special.

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Chia Pudding

Chia puddings consist mainly of chia seeds (surprise!), which are great for your health. You can enjoy these as an easy and ready-made breaky, or a slightly sweeter but guilt free dessert. There are plenty of recipes online to try out and find your favourite. The main gist of things is to mix 1 cup of your favourite type of milk with ¼ cup chia seeds. After it thickens and the chia seeds start expanding, it is ready to pour in jars and set in the fridge over night. In addition to this you could also add a berry mixture, peanut butter, cacao nibs, mango, nut mix or anything else you wish to make your pudding a tad tastier or a bit on the sweet side. The chia mix keeps for up to four days in the fridge, making them such a great grab-and-go morning treat.

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Breaky Tip: Basically just always have avocados in your fridge.

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Malobo

Along with a furnishing face lift, Henley Square in South Australia has welcomed new cafe and bar Malobo. Right on schedule with the opening of the remodelled square, Malobo’s doors were flooded before they were even installed. I am still struggling to find a spare table every time I visit, there’s no sign of initial excitement over the establishment dulling down. I am in love with their breaky menu. There seems to be something to please everyone with each option incorporating an unusual ingredient to really get those tastebuds going. They offer a simpler all day kids menu along with a huge variety of savoury plates ranging in size and quantity for lunch or dinner. Their coffees are brewed with fair trade organic beans and they offer a variety of milk options. Did you know you can get your coffee in a bowl? No lie, 3 shots in a bowl to satisfy you coffee addicts! And your going to want a bowl too, the coffee is delicious. What I am yet to indulge myself with is a nice cocktail from the bar in the evening, and it excites me that they also create cheeseboards. There’s nothing like sitting back with your eyes on the ocean, sipping wine and eating cheese, am I right? The interior décor of the place is great with a collaboration of art work by Sydney based artist Brad Eastman and Adelaide based Vans the Omega. I also advise if your just there for a coffee DO NOT look at their cake display, unfortunately for all those wanting to be good this winter it is off the charts, fully stocked with delicious sweets and savouries. For those of you who haven’t paid this place a visit yet, I highly suggest you do. Someone let me know what the cheeseboard is like, please and thankyou.

Location: 257 Seaview Road, Henley Beach, South Australia

Pictured: Coconut buckwheat crepe with fried jamon, feta, pomegranate and coconut chips + long white iced coffee.

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Top 10 Acai Bowls around Adelaide

Finding a place that does not only Acai bowls, but good Acai bowls in little ol’ Adelaide can be a difficult task. So I have embarked on one of my greatest tasks to date, to find the most delicious Acai bowls in Adelaide. Sourcing ten was the first struggle I endured, but then ranking them was almost impossible. I will have you know that there is not much separating them, they were all pretty darn delicious. I hope my research and writing leads you on a delightful path of cafes and restaurants to help quench your craving for that sweet berry goodness. Next stop… Top 10 Smashed Avocado, stay tuned.

Combi – Adelaide CBD, Leigh Street

Definitely worth the drive into the city! This tiny window front store does a great bowl, it’s pretty much the only thing they do, but they have nailed it. I recommend going the peanut butter option, sounds odd but the additional blob of crunchy peanut butter to top your Acai makes for an amazing taste. Mixture is great and the toppings are a plenty! A very decent size leaving you very full and satisfied. Price: $14.50

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Royal Copenhagen – Semaphore, Semaphore Road

I know what your thinking… no way. I’m here to tell you… yes way. Royal Copenhagen at Semaphore ain’t all just sweets and treats, they do what I consider to be one of the best Acai bowls around Adelaide. The acai mixture is always on point, and what makes these Acai bowls so satisfying is the toppings. They use organic Freestyle Granuseli (an amazing mix of granola and muesli) along with fresh banana and strawberry, shredded coconut and a sprinkle of goji berries, pepitas and bee pollen. I definitely recommend all you Acai bowl lovers to try one of these bad boys, it’s sure to not disappoint! For the price you pay it’s a great sizing and this place is only a stroll away from the beach. What more could you want… Price: $10.90 

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The Juice Plantation Co – Adelaide Central Markets

This beach bar market stall offers any of their smoothies to be transformed to a nourish bowl, and in this case, I chose the acai smoothie. They create their mixture with milk options rather then water so the outcome is smooth and creamy. I was unsure on this at first, but turns out it’s actually very pleasant! Toppings were a great variety, the bowl was huge (you definitely get value for your money) and they seem to always be presented to perfection in a sweet love-heart shaped bowl. Price: $13.00

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Raw Conscious Eatery – Glenelg, Chapel Street

I love the variety of toppings on this bowl and the presentation is always A+ regardless if it’s dine in or takeaway. It’s pretty pricey for the size however it is quite filling. The mixture is lovely and smooth. Price: $16.00

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Bomdia Bowls – Glenelg, Moseley Street

Having heard mixed reviews from Acai fans about this beachside store, I firstly assumed there might be inconsistency with their bowls. I had to check it out for myself, and am pleased to report that my bowl was pretty darn good. They are reasonably priced for the sizing and topped with a decent amount of granola and fresh fruit. What I love is the selection and variety of bowls, all made with Acai. There would be a bowl for every kind of lover! The drizzle of honey was the icing on this health cake making it just a good amount of sweet. Price: Small – $9.00, Regular – $12.00

The Organik Store & Cafe – Glenelg, Broadway

This Acai bowl is often a bit inconsistent. Sometimes they are great and others not so much. The toppings are usually pretty jam packed which I love and the granola they use is delicious. However, I’m not a huge fan of it being topped with apple and orange slices (just a personal preference!). Price: $10.90

Raw&More – Findon, Grange Road

This Acai bowl had a great thick mixture and a delicious crunchy muesli mix to top. The size was generous for the price paid, however there was not a lot of variety with toppings and no fresh fruit which I usually love! Price: $10.80

Bacchus Wine Bar – Henley Square

What I really enjoyed about this bowl was the crunchy muesli mix they topped it with and the fresh strawberries, banana and the addition of blueberries, which you don’t often see. What I didn’t like so much was how smoothie-like it was. It definitely wasn’t a smooth mix with bits of berry throughout. There was almost too much muesli mix aswell. It spread throughout the acai and went a bit soggy. Price: $14.00

Red Roar – Hindmarsh, Port Road

This bowl was very sweet tasting which made me a bit unsure at first, I soon warmed up to the flavour and ended up enjoying it. The toppings and granola were really delicious. I do however have a feeling that they are pre-made bowls which I don’t love the idea of, but they are the cheapest I have come across!  Price: Small – $7.00, Large – $10.00

Sportivo – West Lakes, Brebner Drive

An unlikely Acai serving suspect is this Italian restaurant/café. I think this may be a typical case of trying to get in with the ‘cool kids’ but just not quite getting there. The mixture seems a bit OTT creamy, not the way a bowl should be. Topped with plain oats (yeah that’s right, oats…), strawberry, banana and coconut, for the price I paid I was really expecting something great, unfortunately that was not the case. Price: $17.00

 

Or else… Create your own bowl!

Acai bowls are quite easy to make yourself. Frozen Acai sachets can be purchased from most health food stores. To create the mix simply blend one sachet with a handful of frozen mixed berries and banana. Serve the frozen acai mixture in a bowl topped with your favourite granola or muesli, freshly cut slices of fruit and whatever else you enjoy!

The Loose Caboose

Tucked away inside the Bowden Railway Station is this gem of a café. Its location isn’t the most scenic to sit down with a cuppa, but what they have done with both the interior and exterior of this place makes you forget about your outside surroundings. The thought of passing trains right outside the windows might make you hesitant at first, but they actually make for an interesting view and spreads such a rustic vibe. The food is what really makes this place something special. There is a great variety on the menu, filled with mostly breakfast staples made extravagant. What I have tried so far has always been nothing but delicious. My favourite meal would have to be the Smashed Avocado. It’s my go-to dish at a place I’m not familiar with, one of my favourite meals, it can be a real make or break. The Loose Caboose is one of the best Smashed Avo’s I have had. Much more ingredients then just your regular, all the flavours combine to give your tastebuds a slice of heaven. Their coffee’s are great too. Someone please tell me what almond milk they use!? It’s out of this world. And if you’re a fan of a good chai latte like myself then you 100% have to try one here. The only down side to this little café is that a lot of people already know how great it is, so it is often pretty busy especially on weekends, and they don’t take bookings. I recommend getting in early, and if you do have to wait for a table, I promise you it will all be worth it when your meal is presented flawlessly in front of you.

Location: 21 First Street, Hindmarsh, South Australia

Pictured: The Smashed Avocado

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Barry’s Burgers

If you know me at all personally, you will know that I love a good burger. I have come across some no doubt beauties in my time, always on the search for the next mouth watering masterpiece… And I may have just found it. Of course you can call me bias, as it’s my best friend and my current amazing boss who have just opened up ‘Barry’s Burgers’ on Semaphore Road, South Australia, but I can tell you now that bias does not play a single part. All their burgers are prepared and cooked fresh when you order, no frozen foods can be found there. They are very passionate about real honest fresh food and you can definitely taste the difference with just one bite. The menu offers a variety of different burgers, all with unique ingredients like onion jam and mango salsa. They also offer vegetarian and vegan options along with sides of salads for a lighter choice over chips. I must tell you now that the sweet potato chips are out of this world, and to make them even more amazing, Barry’s offer a seasonings bar in which you can help yourself to a variety of condiments to enjoy your chips exactly the way you like. The interior design of the joint is crazy good. Fresh foliage surrounds their outdoor sign creating a beautiful wall garden. The greenery is carried out inside the store and accompanied with exposed brick wall, polished concrete flooring and light wooden benches. It creates such a chilled out and laid back environment, definitely an ideal place to smash down a big Baz burger along with a cold beverage of choice. If this hasn’t made your mouth water like mine is while writing, then you clearly just don’t have the same love for burgers as I do… But pay a visit to ol’ mate Barry and you will definitely change your mind!

Location: 1/13 Semaphore Road, Semaphore, South Australia

Check them out: Instagram – @barrysburgers, Facebook – Barry’s Burgers

Pictured: The Baz Deluxe Burger + Sweet Potato Chips ft. Business Cards

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Raw Conscious Eatery

I tried out Raw Conscious the other week, a petite cafe style eatery which has just opened on Chapel Street, Glenelg. If you enjoy eating fresh and raw then you will love it, just like I did! The menu is not huge but everything sounds delicious and best of all… very filling. I had the Yogi Bowl which tasted exactly like Chocolate Yogo (but good for you) and couldn’t even finish the whole thing, even though I really wanted to. Presentation of the food was beautiful! A variety of coffee, juices and smoothies on offer as well as raw cakes and treats. I loved the interior design of the shop which is very modern and fresh, creating a relaxed and calm environment. I will definitely be recommending this store to anyone who already loves raw health foods or to those wanting to try it out!

Location: 2/2 Chapel Street, Glenelg, South Australia

Pictured: Yogi bowl + Acai Bowl ft. 2 x Watermelon and Mint Juices.

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303 By The Sea

My favourite new breaky spot! 303 By The Sea has moved into a shop on Seaview Road which in the past has had multiple owners, each with a business that just didn’t quite survive. I’m feeling very confident about it’s latest resident. This cafe is petite, but I’m amazed what they have accomplished with the small space. It’s roomy enough for the customers and if you sit outside you can enjoy the smell of the sea breeze. The menu isn’t huge but has a range to fancy all foodies, each with a slight twist and wholesome ingredients. Presentation of the foods is always incredible and I can’t get enough of the blue ceramic plates they use.. I need to find where to buy them! Coffee is great and although I’m yet to try the Juice and Smoothie range they look like they will not disappoint. I have recommended it to so many people now, and will continue to if they keep up the great friendly service they have provided to me so far.

Location: 303 Seaview Road, Henley Beach, South Australia

Pictured: Brioche French Toast with Stewed Apple and Maple Bacon… Amazing.

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