Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Porridge

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2016/10/03 by nikkiledford

Wanna hear about my really exciting weekend? Well, I spent it cleaning my floors and purging my closet while watching episodes of Dawson’s Creek on repeat. Oh and don’t forget my new vocation as baby servant.

But seriously, with the closet. I’m making my first attempt at a minimal wardrobe. I managed to rid myself of 2 bags of clothes and stow away a box of summer dresses. You guys, there’s a whole drawer in my dresser that’s EMPTY. I’ll take that as a win for now. It’s kinda hard to fully decide on what to keep and what to toss since I’m still recovering from childbirth and hoping to figure out this new mom-bod. It’ll probably take a while to see how my body responds to working out AND breastfeeding AND eating like a maniac. So, those clothes in question will get a pass until further notice.

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts and articles about “capsule” wardrobes or minimal wardrobes. The idea being that if you can restrict the amount of clothing you own to a few key, functional, and versatile items, it simplifies life in a number of ways.

  1. Less Procrastination: This is a boring practical reason but it’s worth mentioning. Laundry becomes a much easier chore when the closet and drawers are not already stuffed to the brim.
  2. Less Decisions: With fewer options comes less choice, which means I will have more mental bandwidth for actual dilemmas.
  3. Less Money: Each clothing purchase from now on will be factored into my overall minimal strategy. Will this item hold up long-term? Is it a quality, versatile product? The clothing I purchase now, while possibly being a little more pricey will undoubtedly cut down on any frivolous, cheap shopping sprees.
  4. Less Clutter: For me, physical clutter very quickly becomes mental clutter. Less stuff creates more space in my home and in my psyche.

It’s worth mentioning that simplifying my wardrobe has a lot in common with simplifying a diet, especially in the area of “less decision-making”. One of my favorite side effects of being committed to a real food diet is that it eliminates a lot of food choices from my mind (and menus consequently).

Either way, give it a try! See how simple life can be once you remove a bit of unnecessary choice and clutter from your life. Speaking of simple, this breakfast is incredibly easy but certainly not boring. And just like a nice sweater it makes an ideal choice for these cooler fall mornings.

Porridge

Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Porridge

1 c. cooked sweet potato
1 egg
1/2 c. almond milk
2 Tbsp. almond meal
1 Tbsp. garam masala (you could also use pumpkin pie spice!)
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt

1/3 c. shredded coconut

any toppings you prefer:

sliced fruit, toasted pecans, grain-free granola, honey or maple syrup drizzle, more almond milk…

  1. Add all ingredients (except for coconut) into a blender to combine.
  2. Pour into a small soup pot to heat over a low flame, constantly stirring, add shredded coconut.
  3. Once heated through, serve in a bowl with toppings!
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