What can I eat for breakfast?
One of those questions I get asked quite often by people who want to change their eating habits towards a healthier lifestyle. If you grew up in a western country then it’s likely that an ordinary breakfast would have been toast with condiments, cereal with milk or bacon and eggs. That was generally my breakfast choice for the first forty years of my life.
Since changing my eating habits to primarily raw food, I no longer consume any wheat, meat or dairy products, so I had to get creative with ideas for breakfast.
In the initial stages of transitioning from cooked food to raw food, I would substitute the conventional ‘cornflakes with cow’s milk’ for organic cornflakes with coconut milk. I learnt early in the piece that if there was a particular food that I really liked or was particularly addicted to, I just had to find a healthy alternative. And sometimes that could mean spending hours researching different products online and in stores and always carefully reading the labels on anything I bought which was packaged. These days, I don’t buy much packaged food anymore because almost everything is fresh; otherwise I would read the ingredients very carefully and would not tolerate any preservatives or colourings or basically anything which is not a normal, natural food.
My own little rule was that if I found any numbers listed on the ingredients label or could not pronounce any of the ingredients listed then I simply did not buy it.
My intention is to provide you with simple, easy transitional foods throughout this blog, so if I’m sharing ideas for packaged foods with you, it does not necessarily mean that it’s a food I am eating now. They will often be foods that I used during the transitional period from cooked to raw foods.
How long does the transition take? I did it within a few months however for some people it takes years; it depends on your goals and your personal circumstances.
Anyhow, getting back to breakfast, I must say that from day one I stopped eating bread and this was huge for me! During the transitional period I ate ‘Pure Life’ breads which are biodynamic wholegrain sprouted breads.
I tried every type of ‘alternative’ bread and these in my opinion are the best. You can check out the ingredients and types online at www.purelifebakery.com and usually only find them at a health food store. This really helped me to break the addiction to toast. I would spread some cold pressed olive oil, then a layer each of avocado and fresh tomato and topped off with some Himalayan salt and oregano. Soooo delicious!
Nowadays I eat very little for breakfast, but it took quite some time to get to this point as I ate more and more raw foods I became less and less hungry. If I am hungry in the morning, I’ll have a big smoothie made from banana, celery, coconut water and spirulina or I’ll make up a quick chia seed pudding by soaking some chia seeds in spring water for ten minutes, then adding coconut milk and some seasonal fruit. During winter I would use fresh bananas on top and pop it in the dehydrator for a few hours on low (anywhere under 100°F) or overnight and you will have the most delicious and nutritious warm breakfast waiting for you in the morning!
Detailed recipe coming up next!