The Importance of a Warm Breakfast & 5 Tasty Recipes to Start Your Day!

by Jenny Abel, Registered Acupuncturist


Eating something warm and solid for breakfast is important in Chinese Medicine. It strengthens your digestion, boosts your metabolism, and provides nourishment and sustainable energy. If you skip breakfast it can actually weaken your digestive system and cause weight imbalances, foggy thinking, and fatigue. Additionally, eating something warm fuels your digestive fire, whereas eating something cold is like pouring water on the fire. I see many patients who have cold smoothies for breakfast and for many of them their digestive health and energy starts to improve with the simple addition of a warm nourishing breakfast. Here are some ideas you can try:

1) Congee:

Congee is very easy to digest and is a great way to start the morning.  If you have a slow cooker you can make it at night and it will be ready for you in the morning.

  • Use 6 cups of water to 1 cup of rice
  • Cook in a slow cooker overnight on low for 8 hrs
  • Add goji berries, black sesame seeds, chia seeds, grated ginger, honey, or bone broth
  • For a stovetop recipe click here

2) Simple Seed Bread:

Just throw all the ingredients together at night and bake it in the morning, and it is good for regulating the digestive system too. Great with nut butter. Recipe courtesy of My New Roots.

3) Overnight Oats:

Just heat them up for a couple minutes in the AM to warm them up. Recipe courtesy of Oh She Glows.

4) Pumpkin Pie Oats:

Just heat up in the AM. Recipe courtesy of Oh She Glows.

5) Sweet Potato Pancakes:

With only two ingredients these are yummy and nourishing. Recipe courtesy of Cooking Light.

Hope you enjoy trying some of these out and fuelling your digestive fire!


Jenny Abel is a Registered Acupuncturist, they offer appointments at Local Health Integrative Clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays  Click here to book an appointment with Jenny.