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Winter Porridge Two Ways


“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha
thoughts on self-love + winter porridge two ways // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #breakfast

thoughts on self-love + winter porridge two ways // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #breakfast

“Self-worth is so vital to your happiness. If you don’t feel good about YOU, it’s hard to feel good about anything else.” – Sandy Hale

Well, it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow.

I don’t love it. I guess I don’t hate it either. To me, it’s just another commercial holiday engineered by corporations to make big bucks. But those thoughts are for another time, because today, I want to talk about self-love.

Although I’ve seen many articles popping up on the Internet about loving yourself this Valentine’s Day, the holiday is still mostly about romantic relationships and showering your significant other with love. While it’s wonderful to share the love with your partner (let’s hope every day and not just one day a year, on February 14th), I think we could all do with a little more self-love.

There was a time in my life when I struggled immensely with self-love. It was a dark, scary place where I relied too much on the love of others and failed to realize my worth. I learned the hard way that it is pretty much impossible to love and be loved by others if you don’t have the same appreciation for yourself first. I was younger, naïve, and deeply insecure. I was stuck in a friendship and romantic relationship, both of which were extremely toxic and unhealthy and didn’t do much for me. I felt like I was always giving, and they were always taking. But no matter how much I gave, I never felt like it was enough. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was enough.thoughts on self-love + winter porridge two ways // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #breakfast

thoughts on self-love + winter porridge two ways // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #breakfast

Once I removed myself from both these relationships, I began to see. I came to understand that as long as my opinion of myself was set in what others thought of me, I would never reach a reasonable state of self-acceptance. I learned to let go, have fun, and cherish what I previously thought of as flaws. I learned to tell the difference between constructive criticism and hurtful comments. I lowered my impossibly high standards and learned to forgive myself. I began to only grow thoughts in my brain that I wouldn’t mind putting in a vase: happy, beautiful, positive thoughts. I learned to give myself “me” time, which I used to explore my different passions and to give myself space from the rest of the world when I needed it. I put myself first. I began to weed out the toxic people in my life. I built myself a home by surrounding myself with people who were respectful, supportive, and nourishing—people who treated me the way I deserved to be treated.

By seeing the beauty in myself, I began to see beauty in the world, too. I had two joyful realizations: firstly, when you radiate positive energy, you will attract equally wonderful and magical people and opportunities; secondly, when you are happy, you will bring happiness to others and the world. It really is a win-win situation.

Self-love doesn’t happen overnight. Even though I had this epiphany a few years ago, I’ve experienced my fair share of emotional turbulence. The road to accepting, respecting, and loving myself is ongoing, and I am continuing to learn new things about what contributes to my health and happiness every day.

With that said, I want to challenge you all to work on loving yourself more not just on Valentine’s Day, but Every. Single. Day.

thoughts on self-love + winter porridge two ways // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #breakfast
While I love going the traditional route with oats, it’s hard to resist the creamy coconut and banana quinoa porridge. I like to mix up my porridge from time to time, and I haven’t been able to stop making the quinoa porridge for myself. The bananas, which cook and caramelize, add a subtle sweetness. I like adding a bit of maple syrup for extra flavour and sweetness- I also think it makes the porridge more comforting. Both oats and quinoa are delicious with blood oranges and pomegranates, which add a refreshing touch to such a sturdy breakfast. This winter porridge is the perfect self-love breakfast: it’s warming, nourishing, and everything you could want in a bowl.thoughts on self-love + winter porridge two ways // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #recipe #breakfast

WINTER PORRIDGE TWO WAYS

#1: STEEL CUT OATS + ROLLED OATS
Yields 2 servings.
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • maple syrup or raw honey, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Bring the water and unsweetened almond milk to a boil.
2. Add the oats, salt, and vanilla extract and reduce to a simmer.
3. Simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the oats are cooked. They should be tender and wonderfully chewy.
4. Remove from the heat, and sweeten to taste.
5. Spoon into a bowl and garnish. The toppings I used are listed below.

#2: CREAMY COCONUT + BANANA QUINOA PORRIDGE
Yields 2-3 servings.
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
  • pinch of salt
  • maple syrup or raw honey, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Bring the water, unsweetened almond, and only 1/4 cup of the full fat coconut milk to a boil.
2. Add the quinoa and salt. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes with the lid on.
3. Once the quinoa is cooked, remove from the heat. Transfer the cooked quinoa onto a large, flat pan.
4. Add the bananas and the rest of the coconut milk, and cook until the quinoa becomes thick and creamy.
5. Sweeten to taste, and spoon the quinoa into bowls. Garnish.

WINTER PORRIDGE GARNISH

  • blood orange slices
  • pomegranate seeds
  • cacao nibs
  • chia seeds
  • shredded coconut

Have you struggled with self-love? What are your favourite porridge toppings, or your favourite cozy breakfast?

Love and gratitude,
Gen.

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18 Comments

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 14, 2015

    I love those quotes you found and I loved what you had to share! You are beautiful and so is everyone! We need to all acknowledge that and treat ourselves with kindness and care! Life is so fragile and we need to treat ourselves gently so we can manifest the best lives we can!

    The photos of this porridge are stunning! XOXO

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    • genevieve y
      February 21, 2015

      Thank you lovely! Congratulations on being a finalist! Wishing you a happy and warm weekend :)

      Reply
  2. Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    February 14, 2015

    Genevieve – so beautifully said! I couldn’t agree more – we all definitely do need more self loving for sure! This post warms my soul – just like that porridge would warm my belly! Hope your weekend is wonderful

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  3. Melanie
    February 14, 2015

    What a great post! You really bring up some good points about how we need to focus on loving ourselves more than just when there are “love” holidays going on and how it is a continual process. It doesn’t happen overnight (dang it!) ;) Great insight!
    Your recipe looks amazing! I love the photos–you do a great job!

    Reply
  4. Farrah
    February 14, 2015

    Beautifully written post, and oh em gee, these colors!!! <3 I love the quotes you chose, and I definitely agree with you on self-love (and also celebrating/sharing love with your partner every day vs. one day each year […]). I'm also continually working on the former, because it really is a never-ending process!

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  5. GiGi Eats
    February 15, 2015

    “Self-worth is so vital to your happiness. If you don’t feel good about YOU, it’s hard to feel good about anything else.” – Sandy Hale

    THAT is such a beautiful quote and I could NOT AGREE MORE!!!!

    Reply
  6. Jodi
    February 15, 2015

    Beautiful words, friend. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been through that struggle too, I guess it is on ongoing battle throughout our lives, to be kind + gentle with ourselves. Lovely post x

    Reply
    • genevieve y
      February 21, 2015

      Thank you Jodi! I just read your chocolate mousse post and I’m so sorry to hear about the visa struggles. I’m sending lots of luck, hugs, and love to you and Matt. Keeping my fingers crossed for the both of you! xx

      Reply
  7. Natalia
    February 16, 2015

    Geneviève, your post is so lovely written and you are so right: <3
    Love those quotes!

    Your porridges sound delicious and your bowl is beautiful!!!

    Reply
  8. Rebecca
    February 17, 2015

    Such true words about self-love! I couldn’t agree more.:)

    Reply
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