I work best with themes. It somehow creates a beautiful fun framework with some limitations and makes the project less intimidating. So let’s continue with the breakfast theme. It is said that an hour from waking one must break the fast of not eating to jump start the metabolism and get the body functioning properly.
Feeding ourselves daily is a time consuming and sometimes overwhelming venture. Our body needs at least 3 well-balanced meals and snacks thrown in there for good measure to ward off the hangries. I am committing to eating breakfast from this day forward no later than an hour after rising. And I am just focusing on one homemade meal this week.
The stumbling block for breakfast is that one has closed down the brain for sleep for anywhere from 4-9 hours depending on your sleep schedule; and within an hour one needs to make a decision about what to eat and nourish oneself straight away and trying to focus on it. What I am finding is that I need to know what is for breakfast before I go to sleep.
With feeding ourselves and cooking one should think about establishing routines. Routines give us freedom because we are taking care of ourselves on auto pilot. Currently I have an unintentional morning routine which is leaving me less than satisfied.
We all have different mornings, some of us work the swing shift, others are retired; some need to have the family out the door by 7:00. Think about your morning routine, does it nourish you or does it feel rushed and chaotic?
For me slowing down and having an intentional morning is important. My old routine was to wake up and turn on the laptop; check emails, Facebook, other food blogs and Pinterest and suddenly I look up and see that a lot of time has gone by; then I start picking up the house and then scrounge up something to eat – and then shower and think about what to do for lunch.
Time to change this morning routine. I am pronouncing to all you loyal readers, that my new morning routine will look like this; upon waking, a glass of water, then a cup of tea. I will sit in my favorite chair and sip the tea. This is my meditation – being fully present with that cup of tea and my breath. Once the tea is done I will prepare breakfast and sit down and eat. That is far as I have gotten and that is okay.
Many vegan recipes that I have read recently call for soaking cashews. When I was in a ——mood, I tried soaking cashews to make some vegan yogurt. Since we were both sort of sick we thought we would lay off the dairy for awhile. Well a day or two went by and that yogurt was not being made. I decided to stick those soft cashews into my smoothie, which made a great texture for it and added some much needed protein.
A Kiwi Smoothie
I always keep bananas in the freezer for smoothies. Bananas make the smoothie creamy and cold. Peel the banana and cut it in 3 parts and place in a plastic sandwich bag. If you do not have a front end blender, putting the greens and liquid first and blending before adding other ingredients makes the blending process smoother.
Yields: 3 12 oz. glasses
2 Cups of spinach
2 Cups of orange juice
1 Cup cashews –soaked overnight
3 Kiwis cut in half
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
1 frozen banana
- Put the spinach and juice in first and blend.
- Add the kiwis and cashews. Then blend.
- Add the rest of the ingredients