Breakfast is the meal of the day I struggle most with.
In the “old days” when I ate whatever I liked or had at hand, I loved breakfast the most, especially on the weekends when pancakes were the order of the weekend (I do live in Melbourne after all where going out for a weekend breakfast is now instilled in us from birth!). But now I find it a real challenge to find something that I want to eat in the morning that won’t make me blow up like a balloon or allow me to feel hungry again an hour after wards.
Eggs – Yes eggs are the “perfect food”. If you aren’t sensitive to them that is. Which I am. Not allergic, just sensitive. They cause a mild inflamation in my body which shows up the next day. And the thing is, if I keep eating them when my body doesn’t respond well to them, I’m setting myself up for auto-immune problems later on because of the constant inflammation. I am working on healing my gut with bone broth, grass fed gelatin in my coffee every morning and pro-biotics and even though I know it’s improving, I also know that I’m foolish to have eggs too often as I’ll just be back at square one and undo the good work of the healing foods. Having said that, as I often say, if you can do eggs, do eggs!
Processed Cereal – Well processed cereal is not actually food. It’s fake food invented by Mr Kellogg to prevent us from masturbating – true story – read about if you like. It’s taking a grain, mushing it up, adding a stack of synthetic vitamins and additives often including a heap of sugar. Not a great way to start the day. And not a great way to continue the human race if you look into Mr Kellogg’s lifestyle and motives!
Porridge – I love porridge in winter but it just doesn’t sustain me. It’s like putting paper on a fire instead of a heavy red gum log – the carbs in porridge burn fast in me and I’m hungry really soon afterwards.
Toast, crumpets and pancakes – see above. Love them, they don’t love me. And the gluten free versions are usually still high in carbs or sugar so no go.
Bacon – Love bacon. Love it a lot but once again, experience has taught me that it’s not the ideal food for me, even the highest quality organic, low additive, raised on a proper pig diet bacon I can get. Yes bacon, I can take a hint bacon, even though it makes me sad sometimes 🙁 . Very occasionally though, I say stuff it and have it with maple syrup on the side!!
Sausages, steak and any kind of meat or cheese. I love these foods – real food versions of course that are grass fed, free range, minimally processed in the case of sausages or cheese. But I can’t do them at breakfast. I can’t face up to meat or cheese at breakfast (other than the aforementioned bacon!) I know. What a pussy!
So what can I have? Well I can’t start my day without my butter coffee (bulletproof coffee for those Dave Asprey fans among you). A long black with a tablespoon each of coconut oil, ghee and grass fed gelatin whizzed together into the creamiest yummiest coffee flavoured concoction. My day’s just not the same if I can’t have that and because of the energy contained in it, that alone usually gets me through at least 3 hours. But I do feel I need something else. I will usually have a green smoothie (often an ugly shade of brown – just see my instagram account for evidence of what adding berries or raw cacao will do to a beautiful green smoothie) and that really lights me up but I need something to nibble on in the early morning too.
Enter Green Food
I’ve made a few grain free granolas and they have been great! It’s always great to use a combination of ingredients that you love – mine are usually heavy on the hazelnuts because that’s what I love. But I’ve come up with something even better now. I have to be honest and say it was inspired by an amazing and totally yummy Real Food raw superfood cereal that one of my best and most beautiful friends got for me. Miss E and I called it Green Food – well, it was, and we loved it. Sadly though, it’s no longer available and it was always my intention to try and make it or something like it – that’s what I do!. I just took the ingredients list, tweaked them a bit and voila, I’ve made something that tastes even better than the original. It’s so simple to make – it does involve assembling a few ingredients but once that’s done it’s a matter of throwing it all together and mixing for a few seconds then throwing in a low oven for a few hours – Done!
So here it is.
My Green Food Superfood Cereal
Day before – soak your buckwheat and sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup buckwheat groats soaked overnight
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds soaked overnight
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup coconut sugar depending on taste
- 1/3 cup dried banana – these are super sweet!
- 1/4 cup dried raspberries (could sub sultanas but the raspberries are worth hunting down for the flavour they give the cereal)
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons high quality green powder – I use this one
- 1 heaped teaspoon vanilla powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt.
Put all ingredients in your food processor/Thermomix and pulse for a few seconds. I pulsed in my Thermomix 4 times. All ingredients should come together and the banana should be incorporated into the mix.
Lay out on a baking tray and bake in a 90 Degree Celsius oven for 3 hours until mostly dried out. It will dry further as it cools and become crunchy. Store in an airtight jar.
Serve like a cereal with the milk of your choice or yoghurt or coconut water or use a topping for smoothie bowls or chia puddings or porridges. Or pop some in a glass jar and snack on it during the day at work.
Hope you enjoy this one. Let me know what you think.