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Build your breakfast bowl in under 10 minutes

Founder of NourishMel and personal coach Melissa Dorai shares her tips and tricks on building a breakfast bowl

  • Build your breakfast bowl in under 10 minutes
    Melisssa Dorai

Always wanted to build a fabulous filling breakfast to suit your mood but never know how? Here, I reveal the shortcuts you have always needed to build that bowl no matter what time in the morning to satisfy your cravings and set your day right.

My bowls include some, if not all of these components:

1. Base/Grains/Carbs
2. Protein
3. Fruits
4. Nutrient-dense nuts or seeds
5. Fats
6. Natural Sweeteners
7. Variety of Powders, protein bars
8. Nut butters

To start off, look at different options for the base of the bowl:

  • Oats (overnight, or cooked into oatmeal)
  • Full fat yogurt
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Full fat milk

Each option can be prepared in different ways.

For example, to increase flavour of the oatmeal, I add in earl grey tea bags, cacao powder and cinnamon which results in a chocolatey taste.

If you are looking to avoid something sweet or chocolatey in case it reminds you of desserts, why not add in MyMaha’s Matcha powder?  This gives you the organic taste of matcha, complemented with the natural sweetness from fruits if you are using them as a topping.

You can also add in protein powder, matcha powder, spirulina powder, maca powder or cacao powder to yogurt, whip together which results in a different flavour and colour to your bowl.

Last but not least, not forgetting nut butters! Peanut and almond butter gives an amazing taste when stirred into hot oatmeal, or slap on a teaspoon of it as a side topping to give that fat contribution to your bowl.

Adding your toppings:

The world is literally your oyster here when it comes to toppings!

Being a nutty and seedy fan, I love adding in my favourites, most of which are affordable and readily in Singapore:

  • pumpkin seeds
  • chia seeds
  • golden flaxseeds
  • walnuts (toasted with coconut palm sugar in the oven)
  • macadamia nuts
  • cacao nibs
  • granola
  • brown flaxseeds
  • white sesame seeds
  • pistachios
  • almonds
  • pecans
  • toasted quinoa crunch (place quinoa in a pan on the stove and heat)

I always add a variety because each of the topping has a different nutrient quality about them and having different ones every day can improve the diversity of your gut flora through digestion.

Bare in mind that nuts and seeds have a high caloric count so you do want to count the number of nuts you put into your bowl. However, if you are active throughout the day and seeing as breakfast kickstarts metabolism, this should not pose a huge problem.

Aside from that, the mineral and nutritional benefits far outweigh the amount of calories that these toppings contain.

Fruits and Fats:

A word here on fruits and fats, you might not think this is a likely pairing. Fats are not only in avocados but also in walnuts, nut butters and pumpkin seeds for example.

The options for fruits is endless; bananas, pitaya, guava, apples, grapes, all kinds of berries, kiwis, etc. you name it.  Fruits lend a certain sweetness to the bowl, I usually top off mine with only cinnamon, avoiding extra sugars from honey or maple syrup.

Other sweeteners you could have include coconut palm sugar and raisins.

The possibilities are endless! Most importantly when building your bowl, make sure to have a good amount and variety of everything. Switch up your fruits, base and toppings every now and then so that your taste buds will receive a new burst of flavour every other day.

Create love for your bowl when building it and you will be nourished throughout the day.

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About the Author

Spurred on by her peers to share fitness tips when she successfully lost enough fats to spark a transformation journey, Melissa decided to enter the fitness industry and became certified as a Personal Trainer through the American Council of Exercise (ACE). Thus, she enrolled into the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a school that teaches beyond nutrition and dives deep into holistic health theories and concepts.

Since graduating from IIN, Melissa has set up her own coaching business at NourishMel, where she is passionate about helping others kick-start their own voyage into meal preparations, cooking, finding the right exercise and starting a spiritual journey into self-love and acceptance.

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