For 40+ years I had breakfast with solely fruit and a little fruit juice. You might think that is boring, but as the seasons change, the fruit choice changes as well. Because we only eat twice a day since a year or so, I wanted to change my breakfast to eat varied enough.
Searching “Healthy breakfast recipes” didn’t at first offer me the kind of breakfasts I was looking for. But determination always pays off as you know, so now I have added 2 breakfasts to the one I had. And I am still looking for variations.
Why is it so hard for me to decide on other breakfasts? Well, as I have described earlier I was raised on bread and sweets. Maybe, if I try really hard, I could eat an American or English breakfast, but at the moment the thought alone gives me the creeps. As I am sure that Anglo Saxons will shiver by the thought of eating just bread. Or fruit.
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Last year I took a course about living a healthy lifestyle, aimed at preventing as many diseases as possible. Unfortunately the course is in Dutch. I am so enthusiastic, that I want to share it with the whole world. It’s such a pity you don’t all speak Dutch 😀
Half of what was taught was already an element of my daily habits. New was, nutritionally:
- eat more vegetables, at least 500 gr a day;
- don’t sip your water all day long, but drink 1 to 3 glasses of water all at once a couple of times;
- don’t eat in the same pattern every day.
Resulting in my search for healthy breakfast recipes to my liking. At the moment I have the 3 I describe here. Not exactly the same every time of course, otherwise it would again be a pattern.
1. The one I am used to
Only fruits and a little glass of fruit juice. Just a little glass, because we shouldn’t drink – or at least as little as possible – during meals. In this case banana, apple, pear, kiwi, blueberries, nectarine, apricot, cherries, medjoul date, dried apricot and plum.
When I first visited Spain as a 12-year old all we could buy at the market were tomatoes, lettuce and watermelons. Nowadays the choice is huge. I am so glad for that. And although it took us some effort when we just lived here, this choice includes organic produce.
We eat about 7 to 8 different pieces of fruit! Part of my family is struggling with diabetes. For them this would be a really bad choice. Diabetics can eat some fruit, but since fruits contain a lot of carbs and sugar, it shouldn’t be more that 2 pieces a day.
2. Green smoothie
500 gr vegetables a day! How on earth could I manage that when I only have breakfast and lunch? As far as lunch is concerned, vegetable soup as a starter and different vegetables for the main course do the trick. For breakfast a smoothie with vegetables adds up.
In this one there is celery, chicory, avocado, spirulina powder, banana, kiwi, pear and almond milk. Some berries for decoration, food for the eye. 🙂
Until now the taste of a vegetables-only smoothie is too much for me, that’s why I add a bit of fruit as well. Some people use ice cubes instead of almond milk, but in my opinion eating or drinking too cold is not good for your body.
3. Coconut yogurt with nuts, seeds and dried fruit
It took me a while to understand where to find nuts in the Spanish stores. They call it fruta seca, meaning dried fruit. In the Netherlands nuts and dried fruits are regarded two totally different things, hence the confusion.
Nowadays this is one of my favorite choices. It is packed with healthy nutrients and delicious. The other day I wrote an article about seeds: Best Seeds to Eat for your Daily Dose of Healthy Supplements in which I elaborate on the benefits.
The one in the picture consists of almond nuts, cashew nuts, raisins, dried apricots, kiwi, peach, fig, chia seeds, goji berries, blueberries and coconut yogurt. Yummy.
How do you determine what to choose?
In the course of time I have gathered information about what to eat when I have a deficiency of something. For example, I have had an iron deficiency for years. Dried apricots contain a lot of iron and they are delicious as a snack.
My motto is “Food as medication”, yet sometimes food works against you. Tom is at risk of gout, so he needs to avoid purine. Purine is a substance that is present in among other things seafood, red meat and beer.
We both get eczema easily, so we don’t eat dairy. It is important to know how your body responds to food and drinks. And with what to replace it when you leave something out of your diet.
Where to find the healthy stuff you want?
When we just arrived in Spain – not for a holiday, but to live here – Tom googled a lot on ‘ecological markets’. The vendors there are usually so enthusiastic about their products that they love talking about it. And are happy to share tips and addresses. The latter came in handy for us of course.
Local ecological shops are often small, making them hard to find at times. Again, when you ask around in for instance a herb shop you will get information. I prefer little shops, but sometimes they don’t have enough choice. Most supermarkets have ecological products.
Both small shops and supermarkets have products wrapped in plastic, even the ecological goods. Because we want to be as zero-waste as possible, we usually put in an extra effort to look around. It is one of the main reasons why I prefer the shops over the supermarkets as they have a lot ‘in bulk’ so you can fill your own glass jar, paper bag or cotton net.
And a lot can be found in web shops. For instance organic coconut oil in a glass jar. Which by the way does also wonders for my eczema. Not eating it, but rubbing it on the affected spots. I am also enthusiastic about Your Super. They have superfood powders, that come in cardboard cylinders. The only drawback is the plastic sealing cap. (As my mum would say: You can’t have it all).
What do you think?
Do you have a favorite breakfast? As I am still on the lookout for variations, please share it in the comment box. Thanks!
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