The Breakfast Debate & Banana Chai Fiber Oat Cups Recipe

These Banana Chai Oat Cups are amazing and nutritious to keep you feeling at your best! Of course, it contains our favorite super food; fiber. They’re easy to make and you can even save them in the morning for a nutritious breakfast. Because they say breakfast is “the most important meal of the day”, but is it really? Let’s discuss.

Is Breakfast as Important as They Say?

We have been made believe those who eat breakfast are generally more healthy than those who don’t.

BUUUT these statements are based on observational studies and not real science. Basically, those previous studies decided breakfast was the significant factor and ignored the real significant factor of lifestyle.

Actual Science Has Shown…

Generally, people who eat breakfast eat things like fiber (oatmeal, yogurts, breads). And by now, you should know a high-fiber diet reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain. Which is all the things researchers decided what makes breakfast eaters healthier. Also, breakfast eaters generally have more active and health-conscious habits like exercising and drinking water.

While those who don’t eat breakfast, typically don’t have the same lifestyle. They are typically smokers and heavy drinkers. And yeah, those lifestyles lead to heart disease and numerous other health effects. So, our research leads us to believe breakfast does NOT determine if a person is healthy or not. 

In addition, we learned from our previous blog post, how fasting benefits the body. And we don’t mean not eating for a whole day, but more so simple intermittent fasting. But note, fasting isn’t for everyone. In fact, Registered dietitians encourage you to listen to your hunger cues more so than worrying about “the most important meal of the day”.

Let Fiber be Apart of Your First Meal

Whether you choose to break-your-fast, at 8am or 12pm, we want to focus on why you should include fiber with your first meal

Fiber is a complex carbohydrate that your body doesn’t easily digest. Which is good. This means high-fiber foods sit in your stomach longer than simple carbohydrates, like sugar. This is why you’ll more feel full after eating a bowl of oatmeal than a bowl of sugary cereal. 

And, let’s not forget the beautiful bathroom experiences we have when eating a high-fiber diet. Ahh…such a relief! 

The Recipe

These Banana Chai Oat Cups can be a great breakfast or snack at the time you feel is right for your body. They are packed with a ton of fiber from the oats and Naturlax! Our Chai Flavored Fiber Powder is what gives these oat cups their delicious flavor. They are great for adults and kids. So, pack it with your lunch or a child’s lunch. 

If you like this easy recipe, check out Pumpkin Vegan Oat Bars!

Banana Chai Oat Cups

These Banana Chai Oat Cups are amazing and nutritious to keep you feeling your best! Of course, it contains our favorite super food; fiber. They're easy to make and you can even save them in the morning for a nutritious breakfast.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Small Mixing Bowl
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Cupcake Paper Cups
  • Muffin Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Salt
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 Chai Flavored Fiber Packet
  • 6 oz Water
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix the Chai Fiber Packet with water until the mixture has reached a gel-like consistency. Set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry and wet ingredients along with the chai/water mixture.
  • Place into muffin pan and bake for 15-17mins. Then, enjoy or save for the next morning for the perfect on-the-go breakfast.
Keyword Banana, Healthy Recipes for Kids, Oatcups, Oatmeal, Vegan Breakfast
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This Jelly is Sugar-Free and Easy to Make

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If you’ve been on the search for a sugar-free jelly/jam then this recipe is for you! Our friend Briana crafted this delicious recipe using our Berry Flavored Psyllium Fiber Powder! Check out her instagram page filled with many more sugar-free and gluten-free recipes!

This recipe isn’t just sugar-free but also contains all-natural fiber! So, whether you’re on the keto diet or just want to decrease your sugar intake this jelly is a great choice. 

The Benefits of Homemade Jellies and Jams

Sure, you can find sugar-free jams in stores. But do you want synthetic color additives or food dyes made from petroleum? What about hidden ingredients? Yeah, we didn’t think so.

No Sugar

Most store-bought jellies and jams contain more sugar than fruit. To fully enjoy a delicious and fruity jam, it needs to be more fruit than sugar. Hold the guilt please! 

No High Fructose Corn Syrup

Although HFCS is made from corn, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Actually, it’s quite the opposite! Experts believe diets with high levels of HFCS are a key component in obesity along with numerous other health effects! You can read more about the negative effects of HFCS here

No Artificial Food Coloring

Some of the most famous house-hold jelly brands, contain synthetic color additives, like Red 40.

“What is Red 40 anyways?” Well, it’s food dye made from petroleum that is approved by the FDA but it also has shown to have negative effects on the immune system. You can read all about this and more here! 

Added Nutrients like Fiber

Have you ever thought about adding all-natural fiber to your homemade jam recipes? Probably not, because your fiber is just one boring flavor, like orange.

Well not with Naturlax, we have so many fun fruity flavors like Berry! Since our fiber powder acts as a thickening agent, it’s perfect to get the desired jelly texture. Not only this, but now your jam has an added nutrient! Can store-bought do that?!

If you like this sugar-free recipe, check out our Keto No-Bake Energy Bites.

Sugar-Free Berry Jelly

Our friend Briana Karcho, crafted this sugar-free and nutritious berry jelly that's so easy to make and delicious! The best part, this jelly doesn't contain any artificial or harmful ingredients! Which makes it perfect for health conscious moms, keto dieters, and diabetics.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Small Sauce Pan
  • Whisk
  • Resealable Jar

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Mixed Berries: Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Keto Sweetener
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Berry Flavored Psyllium Husk

Instructions
 

  • In small sauce pan over low heat, add in frozen mixed berries. Cover the lid for 3-minutes and let the steam begin to melt the berries.
  • Add in Vanilla and Keto Sweetener, then stir to combine. Begin to smash the berries together with a whisk
  • Next, add in the Naturlax Berry Psyllium Husk and mix!
  • Lastly, add in approx. 1/4cup of water or more until desired consistency achieved.
  • Simmer on low for 5 minutes to thicken
  • Spoon the berry jelly into a clean jar, cover and refrigerate. Suggested use within 2-3 weeks, it can also be frozen and thawed in the refrigerator before using.
Keyword Jam, Jelly, Keto Breakfast, Sugar Free, Sugar Free Breakfast
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Three Types of Plant Based Fiber Supplements

Did you know psyllium isn’t the only plant based fiber supplement? That’s right! We’ve done some searching and found two other plant based fiber supplements. This includes inulin and acacia, and no we don’t mean açaí. We are going to talk about how these fibers are different and how they are similar from one another. You can determine for yourself which plant based fiber is the best.

As always, we recommend speaking with your doctor to find the best fiber supplement for you. 

They All Do This

But let’s start with the basics. All of these fibers are prebiotic and soluble. Prebiotic means it feeds and nourishes the good bacteria in your stomach and stops the production of bad bacteria.

Okay, now onto the rest.

[Read all about soluble and insoluble fiber in our Types of Fiber 101 post]

We’re beginning with our personal favorite [since we use this in our products], psyllium! 

Psyllium

Psyllium husk fiber is derived from the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata found in India.
Psyllium-based fiber is more accessible than the others.

Psyllium comes from the seeds of Plantago ovata. Psyllium absorbs water and creates a gel-like substance in your stomach. This fiber is commonly found and used in the market unlike the other two. So, it’s more accessible. And with products like ours, you can enjoy plant-based fiber powders in over 80 delicious flavors!

Benefits of Psyllium

This source of fiber comes with loads of benefits like, relieving constipation, appetite control, insulin control, maintaining blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol-you get it. The list can go on and on.

Unlike acacia fiber, psyllium fiber has been shown to be more effective in lowering the level of blood sugar and blood cholesterol. Something to keep in mind.  

Speaking of acacia fiber, let’s discuss this one next!

Acacia

Acacia fiber supplement is derived from the sap of the Acacia Senegal tree found in Africa.
Acacia isn’t gritty and doesn’t thicken in water.

As mentioned earlier, it’s not açaí. But an açaí bowl does sound super refreshing…

Anyways, acacia is derived from the sap of the Acacia Senegal tree. Unlike psyllium, acacia isn’t gritty and doesn’t thicken in water.

Benefits of Acacia

Just like psyllium, acacia suppresses your appetite, reduces gut inflammation, alleviates constipation, relieves diarrhea, and supports in weight loss.

Unfortunately, since Acacia isn’t as popular as psyllium, there have been far less studies on how acacia affects the body. But researchers have found acacia fiber helps protect our livers from acetaminophen’s (Tylenol) “toxic effects”. Also, researchers found when treating constipation, acacia fiber didn’t work as well as psyllium fiber.

Thank you, next.

Inulin

Inulin fiber is found in many fruits, vegetables, and grains but it is derived from chicory roots when produced for fiber supplements.
Inulin is derived from chicory root when used as fiber supplements.

Inulin is found in vegetables like onions and garlic but it is derived from chicory root when used as fiber supplements. Also, it doesn’t have a strong taste so you can add inulin to foods without it disturbing the flavor! This explains why it’s used to replace fat or sugar in foods like ice cream, dairy products, and baked goods–you can’t taste it!

Benefits of Inulin

Other than having a undetectable flavor, inulin has a reduced caloric value. And since it’s a prebiotic it can treat and prevent eczema and even “traveler’s diarrhea”! Important to note for your next international trip.

“When choosing between inulin vs psyllium, you should note that the higher content of fiber in psyllium leads to its ability to fill the digestive tract more than inulin”

Decided on a Winner?

Now, let’s sum it all up: Soluble fibers are a prebiotic that alleviate constipation, relieve diarrhea, and reduce gut inflammation making a happier stomach.

It’s important to check with your doctor to see if fiber supplements are right for you! But did you know that natural fiber supplements can have negative effects on certain medications. You can read all about this in our post here.

Green Fiber Smoothie Bowl

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Let’s be real with ourselves; we can all use a little more fiber in our diets, and you can’t forget the greens! Well, it’s just your luck because we crafted a recipe that brings you both with our Green Fiber Smoothie Bowl.🌱

Blended or Pressed Fruits

Blended your fruits still leaves you with their fiber and nutrients, unlike juicing.

Smoothies are so easy to make since you can use just about any fruits and greens you have in your own kitchen! BUT did you know blending your fruits and veggies keeps their fiber and other nutrients unlike juicing. It’s true! When you blend fruits and veggies you are still consuming their pulp and skin where a lot of the nutrients are. This gets lost when you juice your fruits and veggies. 

This isn’t to say juicing your fruits isn’t nutritious. They do have vitamins and minerals but if you’re looking for a beverage to be a meal replacement, smoothies are the better option!

At Naturlax, we always include fiber in our recipes because it’s a huge part of a well-balanced breakfast! Don’t underestimate the power of fiber. 💪🏻

Add all your fruits and veggies along with our fiber to create the perfect well-balanced breakfast!

Why You Should Start Your Day with Fiber

By starting your mornings with plant-based fiber, you are able to feel fuller for longer. And here’s why: fiber sits in your stomach longer because it creates a gel-like substance in your stomach. It slows down digestion and takes up more space in your stomach. Now, you are able to snack less on the donuts your coworker brought in. Including fiber into your breakfast helps in weight loss by avoiding the need to snack throughout the day. 

Another Great Ingredient

But wait, that’s not all there is! This bowl contains another great ingredient, and it’s 1 Original Flavor Yum Matcha ®Packet. That’s right, matcha but not just any matcha, Yum Matcha ®! Their matcha contains antioxidants for heart health and brain function! 

There are many ways to increase your daily intake of fiber, so here’s one way you can accomplish this with our Green Fiber Smoothie Bowl! 

Feel free to alter the recipe to your liking, but this is how we smoothie bowl.

🍌Check out our High Fiber Tropical Smoothie for another tasty recipe!🍌

Our Green Fiber Smoothie Bowl topped with chopped bananas, homemade Matcha Granola, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.

Green Fiber Smoothie Bowl

This easy Green Fiber Smoothie Bowl recipe is nutritious and delicious. Feel free to alter the recipe to your liking, but this is how we smoothie bowl.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Measuring Spoons/Cups
  • Cutting Knives
  • Cutting Board

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • 1. Place all the measured ingredients into the blender and blend until thick and smooth.
  • 2. Add more or less coconut water/or ice to achieve your desired consistency.
  • 3. Pour into an aesthetically pleasing bowl for your Instagram post.
  • 4. Top it up your way! Just don't forget the toppings!

Notes

  • Remember: you don’t have to stick to these fruits and veggies. Substitute with whichever you prefer but we highly recommend our Flavored Fiber Packets and Yum Matcha!
  • Don’t forget toppings! 
Keyword Fiber Smoothie Bowl, Green Smoothie Bowl, Matcha Smoothie Bowl, Smoothie Bowl
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High Fiber Tropical Smoothie To Start Your Day

It’s a beautiful day and the birds are chirping outside the Naturlax kitchen window. We are starting off our day with a bang as we line up our fruits for our Nutritious High Fiber Tropical smoothie.

What’s the secret to our amazing texture and taste you ask? Well, our little secret is that we love to add in Naturlax pineapple psyllium fiber. It supports us in creating the smooth texture in our smoothie.

We kick off our days with this delicious smoothie as it helps us get the right amount of nutritional support for our day.  It’s super important to make sure that we get all our daily needed nutrients.

Did you know that women need approximately 25g of fiber per day? For men, it’s even more, with a recommended 38g of fiber per day? Yeah, this blew our minds as well especially since we found out that on average adults only consume about half of that. Luckily one serving size of Naturlax contains 4g of fibers, which can help you get closer to your goal. That is why we enjoy adding it into our smoothies.

So before we hit the floor running we like to take some time to nourish our bodies with all that we need.  Of course, we couldn’t keep this recipe to ourselves…

High Fiber Tropical Smoothie Recipe

What you’ll need…

🍍 ½ cup of Pineapple

🍌 ½ cup of Banana

🥛 1 cup of Almond Milk

🥄 ½ cup of Yogurt

💗 1 Packet of Naturlax Pineapple Psyllium Fiber

❄️ 1 cup of Ice

Directions

  1. Add in all items into a blender
  2. Then blend
  3. Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy


This is great for a morning boost or a pick me up throughout the day. To check out our 80+ flavor selections visit NaturLax