Thursday, February 16, 2012

Off to a Good Start

You've heard it said a million times, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Believe it or not that is still true. What you choose to put into your body to get it ready to take you through the day is very important. Did you know that your digestive tract does more than just move food from one place to another? Your digestive system begins removing toxins from your food, absorbs nutrition, starts your metabolism, and is critical to your immune system. It deserves some careful consideration! Instead of reaching for a doughnut, pop-tart, or super-sized breakfast platter try some of these delicious recipes to get you really off to a good start.

Good Morning Green Tea
4 cups water
1-inch piece of fresh ginger-peeled
the juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 green tea bag-organic if possible

In a small sauce pan put the ginger root and water. Bring to a boil lower heat and let boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, squeeze lemon juice into pan, pour over tea bag into cup and enjoy! You can add 1 tablespoon of local  honey if you like yours sweeter.  

More than simply tasting delicious this tea will give you a real nutritional punch! Aside from being known to help aid in digestion, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, anti-oxidant properties, and helps boost your immune system.  Lemon juice complements the flavor of ginger but more importantly it boosts your bodies natural cancer fighting abilities! Green tea is an important tool to add to your nutritional arsenal. Green tea contains a catechin, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), that is very high in anti-oxidant activity. 

Power Packed Porridge

Porridge may make you think of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but it turns out Mama Bear was on to something! Porridge is simply a simmered cereal that consists of a liquid and a grain. Oatmeal is the most well known porridge, but there are many other grains worth giving a taste. Quinoa, millet, bulgur, even rice can  make a delicious beginning to your day. Simply simmer the grain in water or milk and then add sweetener, fruit and nuts as desired. Today I had millet with almond milk, blueberries, and almonds. So, so good. Aside from warming you up and filling your tummy porridge gives a fiber and protein boost and depending on your choice of grain, a multitude of nutritional benefits. For example most of us know of the heart healthy benefits from oats, but did you know that millet is a gluten-free source of heart friendly magnesium? Once you try it you will want to include it for more than just breakfast! You can pack in even more nutritional benefits by wisely choosing nuts and berries to accompany your grain. Flax meal is delicious sprinkled in as well. If you don't have millet try, quinoa or steel cut oats!  For steel cut oats, simply soak overnight with a dried date in the water. In the morning add more water, bring to a boil, reduce heat  and let simmer for 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much natural sweetness the date adds. Don't overcook, or you'll end up with wall paper paste!

For some reason Blogger is still not letting me add photos, so the picture of steaming millet and blueberry porridge but will have to wait, but trust me and try it anyhow.



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