Saturday, June 30, 2007

Dharma of Food: What to Eat for Breakfast

- Skipping breakfast is no longer an option. Coffee and a donut are not either. You need to eat breakfast to provide the body the nutrition it needs to "run" the day

- Our digestive systems are awakening after the last night's rest and digestive acids are produced only in small quantities in the beginning of the day. So, it is important to eat the best foods in the morning - easy to digest yet packed with nutrition – thus vegetable juice and sprouted seeds

- Half hour after your second round of water, have a cup or more Vegetable Juice. You can thus eliminate your morning coffee. If you cannot find the time to prepare juice, eat some vegetables along with your sprouts for breakfast.

- Half hour after the juice, you will be quite hungry. Eat sprouted seeds alone or with some lemon juice squeezed or some grated carrots or raisins or dates. You can also add some nuts, especially soaked and drained sesame seeds.

- It is hard to find time to prepare juice in the morning for the whole family if you are working. Instead of juice, I eat 100gms or so of sprouted seeds, 8-10 baby carrots and a small cucumber for breakfast. You can also eat other vegetables. If you do not want to eat vegetables for breakfast, eat a couple of fruits with your breakfast.

- Kids may not be able to sit and eat sprouted seeds for breakfast since it takes longer to eat. You also would need alternatives in the beginning, until you get used to the seeds. You can use some healthier alternatives.

- These days I find bread made with sprouted seeds with no added salt or oil in Whole Foods Market in the frozen section. This bread is quite yummy with peanut butter

- Use whole-wheat or other whole-grain breads with peanut butter. Give up butter

- Healthy cereals such as oat meal, puffed whole-wheat etc can also be used. Mix dates and other fresh fruits if you need it to be sweet. You can also add some sunflower seeds etc to your breakfast cereal. Give up high sugar alternatives such as corn flakes, fruit loops etc. Let your children eat these (and other unhealthy snacks etc) once or twice a week in the beginning and slowly reach a point where they are happy with the healthier choices

- Other healthy choices such as pancakes etc made with whole grains

- Raagi malt

- If you want dosa, try batters made with whole-wheat floor, millets etc, at least sometimes

- Bread (roti) made with various whole-grain flours

- Spicy bread made with any of the whole-grain flours. Mix in grounded nuts, a lot of finely chopped onions and carrots, chillies, coriander and curry leaves to the floor

- Upma made with cracked whole-wheat etc

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