What's for breakfast?

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In this blog you will find breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, beverages, gluten-free and information about beneficial ingredients?

Cooked whole grain beside processed cereal

How much nutrition are you getting from your food?

Before we get busy in the kitchen, it is important to understand food quality. I'm not talking about organic vs non-organic or whole food vs processed. Yes, those concepts are a very important part of it, but there's more to it than that.

You want your hard earned dollars, labor and precious time to produce for you the greatest benefit. You eat to provide nutrition to your body for optimum health and longevity. We understand that the older food gets, the less fresh it is. What does that mean? The obvious signs of deterioration include mold, rot and drying out. We can see it. We can taste it. But what about when you can't see or taste it?

The moment a whole grain is cracked. It doesn't matter if it's organic or not. It begins to lose nutrition to oxidation. Within 24 hours 75% of the nutrients in that cracked grain are lost. Twenty-four hours! You buy flour to make something from scratch, but how long do you think it's been since it was ground? The pasta, cookies or bread are no different. Again, it does not matter if it's organic or conventionally grown. Processed food has much less nutrition than that! High heat destroys nutrition. They add synthetic vitamins and minerals, which are anti-nutrients that rob your body of nutrients.

You are eating dead food, devoid of nutrition and empty calories. Your cells are starving and you binge because they are demanding that you eat something with nutrients. They get more of the same. You struggle to control your weight because you are eating more volume and less value. Nutrient dense foods satisfy with less volume, so you receive fewer calories and more nutrition. You are satisfied, full and weight manages itself. It doesn't cost more to eat healthy. You will spend the money on quality food or you will spend it on disease, decreased productivity and a reduced quality of life. Either way, you will pay. How would you prefer to provide for the health of your family? The best food or the pharmacy, are our only choices - really. Let your food be your medicine!

In the photo at the top of the page, the whole grain kamut is cooked, like my grandma used to cook rice (grain added to a pot with water on a very low heat). It is alive, nutrient dense food that satisfies hours longer than the bowl of processed kamut cereal. The cereal costs more per serving, provides almost zero usable nutrients and you are hungry again one hour later. The only real difference that most people consider is how much planning is required, how long it takes to prepare it and the work involved. You have to weigh the factors and decide for yourself how you will provide nutrition to your body, and those you love and care for.

So, when you plan your next grocery stopping trip, think about buying just one organic whole grain to try and have it for breakfast one day a week. Gradually increase over the next few weeks and months, until you have eaten up the processed foods you already purchased and have replaced your breakfast with the much healthier and more tasty options below. This will also give your taste buds a chance to adjust, as well as your schedule and mental processes required to make the change.

Six raw whole grains


What's for breakfast?


Amaranth Millet Quinoa and oats cooked whole grain recipes

Pancakes eggs and buckwheat recipes

Tastes like Nella Wafers

Organic whole grain Amaranth
1/3 cup for average size person or 1/2 cup for large person
Cook whole grain in 3x more water; 1 cup per 1/3 cup grain or 1 1/2 cups per 1/2 cup grain. Cook over low heat, about 40 minutes.
Add - per serving:
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
The peel grated from 1/2 lemon, fresh
1 teaspoon powered SweetLeaf Stevia, to taste
Sliced banana, optional
Milk, optional

Tastes like Cinnamon Toast

Organic whole grain Oats
1/3 cup for average size person or 1/2 cup for large person
Cook whole grain in 3x more water; 1 cup per 1/3 cup grain or 1 1/2 cups per 1/2 cup grain. Cook over low heat, about 30 minutes.
Add - per serving:
1 teaspoon whole milk, real butter
1/4 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
1 teaspoon powered SweetLeaf Stevia, to taste
Milk, optional

Tastes like Pumpkin Pie

Organic whole grain Quinoa
1/3 cup for average size person or 1/2 cup for large person
Cook whole grain in 3x more water; 1 cup per 1/3 cup grain or 1 1/2 cups per 1/2 cup grain. Cook over low heat, about 40 minutes.
Add - per serving:
1 14.5 oz carton or can pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon powered SweetLeaf Stevia, to taste
Milk, optional

Blueberry Breakfast

Organic whole grain Sweet Rice
1/3 cup for average size person or 1/2 cup for large person
Cook whole grain in 3x more water; 1 cup per 1/3 cup grain or 1 1/2 cups per 1/2 cup grain. Cook over low heat, about 60 minutes.
Add - per serving:
1/4 cup frozen or fresh blueberries, per serving
1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
The peel grated from 1/2 lemon, fresh
1 teaspoon powered SweetLeaf Stevia, to taste
Milk, optional

Tastes like Ginger Bread

Organic whole grain Millet
1/3 cup for average size person or 1/2 cup for large person
Cook whole grain in 3x more water; 1 cup per 1/3 cup grain or 1 1/2 cups per 1/2 cup grain. Cook over low heat, about 40 minutes.
Add - per serving:
1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon molasses
1 teaspoon powered SweetLeaf Stevia
Milk, optional

Buckwheat Breakfast

Organic whole grain Buckwheat
1/3 cup for average size person or 1/2 cup for large person
Cook whole grain in 3x more water; 1 cup per 1/3 cup grain or 1 1/2 cups per 1/2 cup grain. Cook over low heat, about 20 minutes.
Add - per serving:
1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup
Milk, optional

Blueberry Pancakes

Mix:
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
The peel grated from 1/2 lemon, fresh
Add 1 cup blueberries to dry ingredients
Mix separately:
3/4-1 cup whole goat milk
1 egg
Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and combine. Cover iron griddle with butter and cook over medium heat, turning when bubbles surface in each pancake.

Serve hot with Pure Maple Syrup
Makes 8 - 5" pancakes

Eggs & Veggie Kelp Wrap

2 eggs
chopped mushroom
chopped spring onion
one small clove minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
1 Seaweed wrap
Cover inside of iron skillet with butter.
Lightly heat vegetable ingredients, stir frequently 1 minute.
Add eggs and scramble, mixing with the veg evenly until egg is done.
Divide cooked mixture in half and position in a row across the seaweed wrap at one end. Roll and enjoy.
I add two organic turkey breakfast sausage on the side.

SeaSnax original seaweed wraps


I have a hard time deciding which of these breakfasts are my favorite. I encourage you to get creative and explore other complimentary ingredients.



Breakfast for O's

People with O blood type get their energy from animal protein, not carbs. Carbohydrates are needed in the diet, but the wrong type or in excess, they do tend to make O's overweight. Pork is not a biocompatible food for any blood type.

Rappa Beef Scrapple, chicken or turkey sausage (be careful of the ingredients), ground buffalo, venison, veal, beef liver or heart, with eggs.
It is best to eat animal protein by itself for optimum digestion, fewer GI tract symptoms, better assimilation and calorie burning. However, if you must include another food group, it would be less of a digestive challenge to add a veggie, like asparagus, spinach, kale, collards, or okra, as opposed to a grain like toast, pancakes, bagel, waffles or a danish. (The more food groups you include in a meal, the more challenging the chemistry of digestion and that creates impaired digestion, digestive upset, and over time - food allergies, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc.)

O's tend to like a lot of flavor and strong spices. You can add BBQ sauce, A1 or other seasoning to the meat, but be careful of the ingredients, even when selecting something from a health food store. I have pictured below those I have found to be acceptable.

Healthful brands of Sauces