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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

breakfast thoughts

Welcome to the middle of Summer...
I love going to the farmers' market and coming home with these... I also love my blog and breakfast.

I enjoy writing my blog, but I find myself spending more and more time working on my business than I do, writing on my blog. I always have something funny to share or I feel I have a recommendation to something I ate that I feel you might like too. Today I want to share a bit of my thoughts on breakfast. I tried a Gluten Free Oat Granola...this month... and I want to share my thoughts on that too.
  When I take my detox participants on the journey of detox, we only drink smoothies for breakfast for 14 days. Many of those participants never go back to coffee and even more of those participants look at breakfast differently. Some eat few eggs and no longer eat cereal and cow's milk and many don't even think about bacon, sausage and ham. Why would I saw no breakfast meats? I am no longer totally Vegan.. but 80% of the time I am plant based. I know that after much research bacon, sausage and ham have high saturated fats, which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. I also know they are high in sodium and nitrates are linked to colon cancer.

 So people say what can I eat for breakfast now? Some people do the elimination diet and realize they are allergic or sensitive to dairy, eggs or gluten. It becomes very figure out how to prepare meals, when you are allergic to many of the things you are custom to eating. I have had people come back from an allergist in tears saying I am allergic to onions, corn, wheat, soy and more... sometimes they are allergic to something they LOVED to eat.. and didn't notice any interaction it was having negativity in their body.
So I recommend they take baby steps, and I work with many of my clients on how to meal plan. This helps to see things on paper and look at ingredients.
In the fall and winter I enjoy eating a lot of grits and greens, steel cut oatmeal in the crock pot or made that morning. I also enjoy a egg from my friend in Florida, NY he has chickens. I eat a "oatmeal" that I make from Cauliflower that satisfies my hunger and I enjoy green and sweet potato some spring mornings.
BUT in the summer many people wake up hot... so they don't want warm eggs or warm toast and certainly not oatmeal so then what? IF you have given up cow's milk you feel there is no way you can have cereal and most of the cereal on the market isn't worth the calories. I use coconut milk, hemp milk and almond milk, I rotate them.... if I am craving cereal  I have a bowl of one of those "nut milks" and Engine 2 cereal or my new favorite GRANOLA. I know i said granola.. many people think granola is not the best for you...but... Granola fits within the fiber recommendations for breakfast cereals as outlined by One-half a cup has more than 5 g of fiber, while the recommended amount of fiber for a breakfast cereal is 3 g per serving. If you are dieting or desire a lower calorie  granola, make your own and use smaller amounts of oil to save calories. Purchase low-fat granola, which contains 214 calories per 2/3 cup, and 3 g of fat with 1.4 g from saturated fat. Granola with added fruit increases the nutritional value, as fruits such as pineapple, strawberries and blueberries contain vitamin C and other nutrients. Use a measuring cup to pour the granola to refrain from eating too much at one time.
 People come to me and ask me if granola is a good choice. and before trying this new product I said, not so great....

NOW I saw... yes....

Granola is a versatile grain that can have a place in your healthy diet. The whole-grain base of the granola helps you meet your 28 g of fiber requirement, if you eat 2,000 calories a day. Whether you make or purchase your granola, understanding how the calories, fiber and fat content fit into your dietary requirements can help you decide whether to include granola into your diet. So when a fellow IIN graduate asked me to try Nana's All Natural Granola... I said SURE.. GLUTEN FREE OATS... sound good... the flavor I got was the Tropic of Ginger and I love ginger so I was excited to try it. I added blueberries to mine today, but the other day I added bananas.
I like how it is "handcrafted" in Sonoma, California. It has coconut oil in it, and I am a fan of coconut oil.
The back of the bag says," Tropic of ginger is a perfect blend of almonds, cashews, oats, shaved coconut and crystallized ginger, lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup. The coconut oil adds a toasted flavor that makes this blend addictive. Best of all, it's made with gluten free oats!
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We have all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but not if you are going to fuel yourself with Ego waffles, egg mcmuffins... and the like..
I have spicy south grits and greens, whole grain or gluten free bread with almond butter or sun butter from time to time. Spelt pancakes are a treat and quinoa "oatmeal" is something I make often. I don't eat bagels any more but if I was some where that had bagels and nothing else, sure I could have them. Do I avoid certain foods because they are fattening, or cancer causing, sure... but most of the reason is that I avoid a food because it doesn't serve this body of mine. I feel tired between 30 minutes to an hour after eating certain foods. YOU have to really keep a food journal, and write down after you eat something how do you feel? Go see a allergist if you think you might have some allergies and do your own food elimination diet or a detox to test your feelings on having food sensitivities.

IF you buy some enjoy it and they have other flavors too....

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