Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Navigating Breakfast

Navigating Breakfast

Breakfast is an important meal, but not all of us actually are hungry in the morning. Many people, articles and nutritionists have told us that we have to eat in the morning because of all sorts of reasons: kick starts metabolism, gives us more energy, keeps us from eating more later in the day, etc., and for some of us this may be true, but not for all. So if you are TRULY not hungry in the morning have a cup of herbal teas and some fruit and call it good (not being hungry in the morning may mean your body needs extra time to process through the food from the night before, and therefore more food is not necessary). Eating when you are not hungry can put out your digestive fire, and in Ayurveda terms, that means digestion slows, metabolism slows and your food turns into sludge in the body. So eating at a consistent time is important. But also eating when you are hungry and not eating when you are not hungry, can help you to keep your fire burning bright and strong. 

If you are hungry at breakfast, do not ignore it, it means you have a strong fire and you need some nourishment, so have a decent sized breakfast, nothing too light but not too heavy either. Make sure it is warm. Kitchari, oatmeal, eggs with veggies, steamed vegetables or freshly made muffins can be a perfect choice. 

Gluten free, Vegan, Morning Glory Muffins
1 ¼ cup buckwheat flour
¼ tapioca flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon powdered ginger
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
3 mashed bananas
½ cup olive oil or your favorite cooking oil
2-4 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
½ cup raisins
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3 grated carrots
½ cup hemp hearts
Optional ingredients
            Chocolate chips
            Coco nibs
            Candied ginger pieces
            Crushed pineapple
            1 egg

Preheat oven to 345 degrees. Grease muffin pan. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside. Mash bananas and add vanilla. Mix in raisins, coconut, carrots, hemp hearts and any other optional ingredients. Combine with flour mixture and scoop into muffin pan. Bake 20-25 minutes. These are wonderful breakfast treats with a little nut butter and ghee, or a wonderful afternoon snack with tea for a little pick me up. 

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