To gain proper nourishment,you simply must eat a healthy breakfast to get your day off to a good start. You will need to read this page to give you some important background information on eating a healthy breakfast as well as other meals of the day.
You could just go directly to the recipe, if you are already familiar with the concepts of natural health. If not though, I strongly advise you to peruse this first because there are definitely some different things you need to do in order to obtain the best health for your body.
You've heard it before: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It has been said that one should “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. If you do not eat a healthy breakfast upon arising in the morning, you are more likely to overeat later in the day.
In Japan, in the old days, the sumo wrestlers used to eat huge meals right before going to bed and wake themselves up during the night to eat some more. That is how they put on massive amounts of weight in the time before processed foods. Nowadays, all you have to do is eat junk food.
Best Bet for Breakfast Food
My healthy breakfast of choice, especially in the warmer months, is a
smoothie, which is really easy to make. If you are pressed for time in
the mornings, you can get everything ready the night before and just put
all the ingredients in the blender the next day.
You can purchase one of these neat mugs and actually take it with you if you really need to. I have done that when having to do a fasting blood test at a lab and it works really well. The mugs are available at my local Kroger and are around $10.00 each, sometimes being on sale for around $6.96 or thereabouts if you want to keep checking back.
The mugs can be used with a straw through the center hole when the cover is put on, but be aware that drinking anything through a straw will put lines on your lips just the same as smoking cigarettes does. I always use a spoon for this healthy breakfast food, but if you are driving in a car with this, a straw would be safer.
How to Make a Smoothie
The ingredients are basically the same for this healthy breakfast recipe and I rotate the frozen fruit between blueberries, strawberries and cherries, with occasionally peaches or mangoes just for variety. Any kind of frozen (organic only) fruit will do.
For the protein, I only use Dr. Mercola’s Pro-Optimal Whey™, or his newest product, Miracle Whey™. Please do not use anything other than this brand, as all of the others are vastly inferior and are not conducive to good health. The three (or more) flavors taste wonderful!
For those of you who prefer not to use milk derivatives, Pea Protein is a good substitute. If you truly want good health, DO NOT use any soy products. Unless it is fermented, soy is not a health food and will do major harm to your body.
Pea Protein is available at most local health food stores including Nature’s Health in Dawsonville, GA (near the Kroger store) where I live. It can also be ordered from Dr. Mercola’s site. He frequently gives free shipping specials. I personally don’t care for the taste of pea protein though.
For the yogurt, I typically make my own from one of the best raw foods around, raw cow's or goat’s milk. Raw milk is far better for you than pasteurized for many reasons, and goat’s milk is superior to cow’s milk since it is closer to human milk.
For those who live locally around me, I will be glad to give you a source for raw goat’s milk or cow’s milk if you will contact me. Eating some type of probiotics daily is an excellent health enhancer.
I use Yolife brand yogurt maker from Tribest as it has a larger cover for making bigger batches of it if you so desire. It comes with seven small ½ cup containers and one container is what I put in my smoothie each time. If I am using store bought yogurt as a starter, I put in three heaping tablespoons of it.
Since it is plain yogurt, you will need to add some kind of sweetener. Please DO NOT ever use any of the artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Equal, or Nutrasweet) as they definitely do not help your health. The same goes for HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) which is especially devastating.
Stevia, Xylitol or Luo Han Guo are the best natural sweetener alternatives to use. My preference is either Stevia or Luo Han Guo as I feel that Xylitol is best used in baking healthy recipes to give bulk to baked goods the same way sugar does.
A tablespoon of ground Salba seeds or white Chia seeds is a wonderful addition to breakfast smoothies, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian. They are a powerful source of omega-3s from a non-fish source. It's difficult for vegans to obtain really good health without this essential fatty acid. Also, Salba and Chia seeds are gluten-free, have relatively few calories and are reasonably priced.
You can also add in a tablespoon of flaxseeds, although I think that is a little bit redundant if you are using Salba. A tablespoon of raw almond butter is a yummy addition but be aware that both of these really raise the calorie level of the breakfast shake.
If you are not having any problems with your weight, these are great additions to a healthy breakfast and will keep you satisfied for a long time afterwards. I’ve been known to easily go five or six hours before being hungry for lunch, which was unheard of for me before I changed my way of eating.
I used to have hypoglycemia and was not fun to be around when I didn’t have anything to eat at the time when I needed it. Even I didn’t like being around me!
Using Raw Eggs
After I have put all of these ingredients in the blender and mixed them together for my breakfast smoothie, the last thing that I add is a raw egg. Yes, I know, you are probably saying, “Major yuck!” right now but raw eggs are great nutrition for you and add to a healthy breakfast.
If you put it in slowly, to preserve the integrity of the yolk, you will never know it is in there. Simply turn the blender on to the lowest setting just long enough to take the egg down into the breakfast smoothie and then immediately shut the motor off.
Please read the information on how to use eggs in “Egg Nutrition” before adding one in to your smoothie. There are obviously some precautions that you need to take to make sure the egg is safe to eat, but the rewards of great health are definitely worth it. Recycling or composting the eggs shells is always a good thing to do as well.
If you haven’t noticed already, everything that goes into this healthy breakfast smoothie is raw food. There are reasons for that, and very good ones - it’s easier to do that way and healthier for you too. Read all the links on this page to see why.
Using a Vitamix
The last piece of information that I want to give you is about the proper blender to use. You can use a regular one, but I highly recommend that you splurge and buy a Vitamix. The link will show you its many uses. You will never regret it and you will use it constantly if you decide to follow this path to holistic health.
If you use a regular blender, be aware that frozen cherries, even though they are supposed to be pitted, frequently will have pieces that were missed or sometimes even whole pits. A normal blender cannot handle this and will break. Therefore, you may want to forgo using cherries.
After you break enough regular blenders, you will decide that a Vitamix is a good investment. These are powerhouses, like a blender on steroids, that can take almost any kind of abuse. I advocate the one with variable speeds because there are many healthy recipes where you will need a low speed (adding raw eggs, making mayonnaise, etc.) and it helps.
Now that you have all of the background information in your head (whew!) you are ready to go to the recipe page and start making your healthy breakfast, and your day, the easy way. Bon appetite!
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