First Breakfast

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Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You’ve already had it.
Pippin: We’ve had one yes, but what about second breakfast?
Merry: I don’t think he knows about second breakfast Pip.
Pippin: What about luncheon and afternoon tea and dinner and supper, he knows about them doesn’t he?
Merry: I wouldn’t count on it Pip.
I eat like a hobbit. Small meals throughout the day have been my norm for many years.  I read a long time ago that doing so keeps one’s metabolism going and that you should eat your first meal of the day within two hours of waking. A saying that I try to go by is eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. On the other hand, I recently read that some nutritionists are advocating just two large meals a day. I say do what works for you. The key, I believe, is to eat highly nutritious food, avoiding empty calories and artificial crap.
Here’s one of my favorite first breakfasts: Oatmeal with chia seeds, walnuts, berries and raw honey.
Oatmeal has energy-giving carbs and plenty of fiber. I opt for rolled oats because they are quick and easy to cook, though steel cut oats are even better for you. When I’m traveling, I use plain instant oatmeal. I always buy organic, and if you are gluten free, make sure you get oatmeal that is certified gluten free since some companies roll their oats with wheat.
Chia seeds are a nutritional power house. They are full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, and more. I’ve even read that chia seeds are great for men with low T. Men and women should include chia seeds in their diet as much as possible. Soaking softens the seeds and eliminates any possible phytoestrogens they may have. You can get a big bag of organic chia seeds at Costco.
Walnuts are brain food. Maybe that’s why they look like brains. Walnuts are packed so full of vitamins, minerals, protein, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, fiber, and so much more, I can’t even list all the nutrients here. Take my word for it; they are REALLY good for you. Again, a big 3-pound bag is available at Costco.
Berries are nutritional superfood, too, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and more, and they add a flavor punch to your oatmeal. I think it’s important to buy organic berries if you can, since pesticides are more heavily used with berries than some others fruits and also more difficult to wash off. I use fresh when available, but frozen berries are good, too.
Honey must be raw and preferably local. Raw honey is a natural antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral. There are definitely some health benefits to consuming raw honey. Besides, much of the honey commercially available is full of high-fructose corn syrup. Yuck. And there is some evidence that consuming raw LOCAL honey helps relieve environmental allergy symptoms.
Preparation of your oatmeal takes just a couple of minutes in the evening and five minutes in the morning. In the evening, put a heaping tablespoon of chia seeds in a bowl. Add a layer of walnuts. I use a handful of walnuts, and I like to break them into smaller pieces. At this point, I actually like to add some Redmond Real Salt for the extra trace minerals. Read more about Real Salt in another post of mine, Staying Healthy in the Apocalypse. If you are using frozen berries, add them next. Now add just enough water to cover over the walnuts. Cover the bowl and leave to soak overnight.
In the morning, when you are ready to eat, cook your oatmeal according to the directions, depending on the type of oatmeal you are using. Just don’t nuke it. Microwaves destroy nutrients. Pour the oatmeal into your bowl, add the berries if you’re using fresh, and mix all together with a spoonful of raw honey. Enjoy and know that you are eating a highly nutritious meal to start your day!


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