Mar 032012
 

Rethink your Health – Rethink your Breakfast

For decades, the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) has suggested orange juice and cornflakes with milk (and sugar) for breakfast…
Then along came the Health Craze and updated the same S.A.D. breakfast to include freshly squeezed organic orange juice and fresh fruit topped with low fat, high carb yoghurt over muesli packed with grains, raisins and nuts, honey or sugar, all roasted in oil. While using healthier ingredients, suddenly we ended up with more calories and a whole lot more carbohydrates.

The unpleasant result of good intentions:
a sugar, starch and fat bonanza that promotes, inflammation, cravings among weight gain, hormone imbalances amid general ill health.

If there is any time for low carbohydrates, it is breakfast.

#1 Rule: Breakfast is Protein Time

Think ahead: Cook a little extra salmon, chicken or other light meat for dinner the evening before.

Breakfast Idea #1:

· Egg-feast: Gently heat the shredded or finely sliced protein in the skillet. For a change, add a handful of chopped veggies. Add, the lightly beaten egg(s), cover, and finish into an omelet.

Breakfast Idea #2:
· Boiled Eggs: Either chopped or whole, served with lettuce leafs or the protein almond crackers (see below).

Breakfast Idea #3:
· Swiss Greens: Heat up a skillet. Meanwhile, coarsely chop a head of romaine lettuce or a few ribs of Swiss chard with lots of greens, Chinese Yuk choy, or other leafy greens. Add a little olive oil to the skillet. Add a handful of almonds and the greens. Cover and finish on low-medium heat for 5-6 minutes. — The romaine turns slightly crisp and sweet and the almonds will be pleasantly roasted.

Breakfast Idea #4:
· Egg-free: Wrap meat protein leftovers in a nori sushi wrapper, a leaf of romaine lettuce, Belgian endive or radicchio. — Make a “veggie mayo” from your cooked veggie leftovers, peas, chickpeas, carrots, celeriac, sweet potatoes, avocados, etc.

Breakfast Idea #5:
· Almond Crackers/Cookies: This batter takes 2 minutes to make while the oven heats up.

Grind a handful of almonds with a teaspoon of flaxseed, chia or salba seed in your coffee grinder of magic bullet. Blend in a little sea salt, a teaspoon of glutenfree baking powder, and a heaping tablespoon or two of gf arrowroot flour or gf tapioca flour or gf rice flour. Then mix in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and sufficient water to turn it into a paste to drop by the spoonful onto a large flat cookie sheet. The thicker the batter, the “meatier” the crackers or cookies; the thinner the batter, the thinner and crispier the crackers. Bake at 350F for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.
— Enjoy with an easy homemade olive tapanade, avocado or tuna-artichoke heart guacamole, peanut or almond butter, etc.

Proteins for breakfast up your brainpower, energy, a lasting feeling of satiety and a good mood to boot.

 Posted by at 7:48 PM

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