Delicious, simple and healthy plant-based breakfast recipes, packed with nutrients and fibers.
Welcome to Breakfast with Flowers! My name is Katja Meier; I am the founder of Breakfast with Flowers, a cozy place with healthy plant-based breakfast recipes. I love to decorate my bowls and jars with edible flowers, hence the name of the blog.
Let me introduce myself: I am a mother, a full-time teacher, a passionate recipe developer, a hobby gardener, an instagramer and a part-time blogger (this is my second blog). How it all fits together? Obviously, my day has more than 24 hours. Or maybe I am just able to handle the the matter of the fact that there will always be something unfinished 😅. I am perfect in being imperfect!
When I started to post my breakfast bowls and jars on Instagram in summer 2016, I was stoked by the response I got from totally foreign people from all over the world. Some of them became friends in real life. Instagram is still a place I love to be because all the people there are positive and never get you down.
I know that most of you think you don’t have time to prepare a breakfast like this, but honestly, it doesn’t take as long as you would expect. And for me, there is something meditative about creating beautiful and healthy breakfast bowls and of course I love decorating with edible flowers.
If you start your day with whole plant-based foods, packed with fiber and nutrients, you will have energy all morning long. And it prevents you from over-eating later in the day. So it’s totally worth to invest a bit of extra time in preparing porridge, overnight oats, smoothies, chia pudding or nice cream.
My journey with food
Food hasn’t always been my friend. When I was a teenager, I was obsessed with eating healthy. To do an apprenticeship as a dietitian didn’t really help because my thoughts centered entirely with the food I ate. I became a vegan long before vegan was trendy, even before the term whole food plant-base diet became popular.
But there was a downside: I totally over reacted whenever I saw something like sugar or fat on the ingredient list. And I couldn’t stick all the time to my strict diet, overeating from time to time, followed by starving for days to make it up. When my vocational training as a dietitian was finished, I turned my back on nutritional science and went back to school to do my A-level.
It was essential for me to occupy myself with different topics than food. I went vegetarian and felt ok with it. I went to university to study medical science and adult education with the goal to become a teacher for medical subjects. But when I left university there were no jobs in that field, and I started to work in drug safety for a couple of years until I found a job as a teacher.
By then I was still on a vegetarian diet and had suffered from chronic sinusitis for years, with flare ups 5 to 6 times a year, mostly accompanied by laryngitis and bronchitis. I took repetitive antibiotics for my respiratory tract infections. When I got married, I switched to a flexitarian diet, including meat from time to time, not thinking about the consequences for my health, not to mention the consequences for the animals that were raised and slaughtered under inhuman conditions.
In 2013, shortly after starting teaching, I occupied myself with the whole food plant-based diet and subsequently stopped eating meat and dairy once and for all. I didn’t expect any improvements, but my chronic respiratory infections disappeared into thin air. It was eating dairy that caused it, and I wished I would have known earlier. My craving for unhealthy food stopped almost immediately as well.
Am I promoting a plant-based (AKA vegan) diet? Yes. I believe a vegan diet is best for our planet and our health. But I am totally aware that not everybody can make that switch and go vegan from one minute to another for once and for all. Nevertheless, I believe everyone should aim to eat less meat and dairy – not only for your health but also for the animals and the planet. Starting to eat a plant-based breakfast is the first step to getting there.
My journey with flowers
Flowers always had a special place in my heart. When I was a small kid, we had a garden plot filled with dahlias, snapdragons and sunflowers. This garden was the most beautiful place on earth. I remember me not playing with dolls, but with petals. I picked a bunch of snapdragons and played with them. They were talking to each other and making funny faces. When I was ten we moved to a house with a garden behind and picking bunches of flowers became my favorite thing.
When I got married, we spent our honeymoon in Paris. We visited the garden of Monet in Giverny, which is quite close to Paris. It was hot, and I was heavily pregnant, but we spent the whole afternoon in Monet’s garden, overindulging with all the beauty. We didn’t have a plan by then how our life was supposed to look like, but we wanted a garden, as huge as possible.
It took us almost eight years until we found our 1200 square meter dream garden. Be bought that piece of ground, build a house right there and decided never to leave again. However, our garden is not like Monet’s garden at all. It’s a like a jungle with huge bushes of grass and weed and small islands of flowers in between. It’s impossible to keep all nice and tidy, no matter how hard we try. But it doesn’t matter; a tidy garden was never on our agenda.
I love to be outside. I love to be surrounded by apple trees, blossoms, and meadows. I love to dig the earth, to tear out weed and to plant new flowers. My garden is my life. Flowers are my life. And Breakfast with Flowers is my way to share my passion with you.
What you’ll find on Breakfast with Flowers:
Plant-based Breakfast Recipes
I’ll share breakfast recipes which are kids-approved and easy to make. No fancy ingredients, apart from beet powder (one of my favorite super foods E-V-E-R) and edible flowers, carefully picked in my garden. Whenever you see someone sneaking through the garden early in the morning with a bowl of oatmeal in her hands – no need to call 9-1-1 – it’s just me, hunting for matching flowers.
Pictures of Flowers
I’ll share pictures of some of the flowers growing in our garden. I love to take photos of them, although I am not really good at it. Not yet. I am working on that, promised. My favorite flowers are blue ones, although our garden is filled with pink ones. Not on purpose. They just seed themselves, coming from the entire neighborhood. Especially edible flowers became a kind of passion for me, and I try to seed as many as possible.
After all, I am still a dietitian. And I am teaching nutrition and subsequently talk a lot about the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet. I can’t and won’t spare you from that. But I’ll try not to overwhelm you with nerdy nutrition facts. Whenever I start to spam you with pedantic advice, just give me a punch, and I’ll stop immediately. On the other hand, if you have a question about healthy nutrition, don’t hesitate to ask