Breakfast Bowls | Captured By: TinyTine21

The holidays are always about breakfast bowls in my family, however not the insanely gorgeous bowls that grace the feeds of Instagram. More like the simple oatmeal or cream of wheat bowls, with a little bit of almond milk, a swirl of honey and a dash of cinnamon. Which, don't get me wrong, always lends itself to a cozy morning. However, I recently wanted to jazz things up with these AM meals and went on the search for simple ingredients, to easily add to your morning porridge or greek yogurt... of course while... ya know.... looking for those pretty Insta-worthy bowls. Leave it to the hashtag #breakfastbowl!

So many incredible ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinner bowls graced that hashtag feed. My fingers hurt from scrolling up and down my phone, but thankfully, I came across an account from Hamburg, Germany and my heart skipped a beat. Isn't the art work (like the shots above) mesmerizing?  Christin's eye for styling a breakfast bowl is one of the best! It's definitely the Art Director in her, cause they are STUNNING!

Beyond the eye candy, I noticed 6 important healthy ingredients you can add to your morning breakfast.

1. GREEN APPLES If you are a beauty conscious individual like myself, green apples will be your new go to snack! Yes, they have a million and one health benefits, but green apples in particular are known to restore lost beauty. They naturally help cleanse your skin and keep it glowing! That alone is a plus, but when you add that with its power to help cleanse your blood, enhance your memory and keep your teeth and gums healthy... well, that's an extra plus for me! With green apples, beauty naturally starts on the inside.

2. FIGS - Figs are very underrated. My grandma was onto something. They are a great source of potassium, which helps with metabolism, regulating your pH balance and helping to digest carbohydrates. Figs because of their natural high fiber content, nourish the intestine and act as a natural laxative. Naturally when your intake of potassium increases, this also helps lower your blood pressure.

3. PERSIMMON For those of you that like to work out in the morning, persimmons will be your best friend. Because they are high in fiber, they can reduce your cravings for sugar and processed food. All of the sugar that is absorbed from the fruit, is converted into energy by the body during your workout. The electrolyte and water content is also really high, which means it can restore all of the fluid loss "aka your sweat", during your workout.

4. NECTARINE Because of the beta-carotene found in nectarines, this antioxidant can help protect the body from free radicals. Your body converts the beta-carotene in Vitamin A, which is known to give you a bright orange-red hue. Vitamin A also found in this healthy fruit is great for maintaining healthy skin, teeth, soft tissues as well as bone tissues and mucus membranes. Nectarines are also a great source for Vitamin C, Fiber and Potassium... not to mention the sweet, tart taste of a plump nectarine can be really refreshing in the morning.

5. CHOCOLATE OK! You can 100% eat chocolate in the morning and feel good about it. In fact chocolate is a major mood booster, enhancing the production of serotonin and dopamine. I tend to crave chocolate at night with a glass of wine, but chocolate has so many other health benefits that could inspire someone to nibble on them in the morning. There are so many antioxidant compounds found in cocoa, as well as being really rich in polyphenols (which are basically a group of protective antioxidants found in plant foods, such as red wine and tea) - these alone can help aid against cardiovascular health issues.

6. BERRIES Blueberries alone are an antioxidant powerhouse! Strawberries are also know to be a powerhouse for helping protect the brain, and are also an excellent source for B & C Vitamins, Fiber, Potassium, Folate, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Magnesium and Copper. Lastly, eating blackberries may help with killing oral bacterias that cause illness. Blackberries are known killers of pathogens, along with being an anti-inflammatory and having antiviral properties.

Hope these inspire you to dress up your morning breakfast bowls! Are there any other fruits you like to incorporate into your AM's?