Good, Organic Break-Fast Ideas


Written by Chris Hawkins

Breakfast in the U.S. can be pretty standard, but how healthy is it? Eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, toast, jam, pancakes, sugar syrup…..Oh, yeah, oatmeal and orange juice, or your choice of juice cocktails (read “watered down with sugar”). But how about stepping outside those parameters? Other countries rely on simpler and more healthy foods like local fruits and vegetables in season plus a grain like millet, quinoa, kasha, to name a few. All over the temperate world, one staple food that is found that supports humans is grain.

About the History of Breakfast

In the Americas the Indians used corn; in colder climes like Russia, kasha is the staff of life. Orientals use rice and millet as a their mainstay.
There’s something tasty and healthy about each of them, if properly stored and prepared. One doesn’t have to eat the same way one’s parents did, unless one feels that it’s the best food for your system. Just like an automobile, our living vehicles rely on what fuel we put in our mouths.
Industrialized countries have shown less healthy citizens more and more as people eat at home less and are losing their ethnic diets. McDonalds and the Pancake House don’t really draw on the best of our resources when it comes to choosing from so many alternatives.  Healthy eating isn’t just about leaving out the bad and junk food, though. It’s learning to each richer sources of nutrients. And that doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact, whole foods have been known as ‘peasant foods’.
It can be great fun to explore other foods and cuisine’s to one’s own great benefit, and the benefit of your family or roommates. What’s not to love about more choices?

Good Breakfast Ideas to Begin

One good food to begin with is Kasha, since it’s a warming food.*       Actually Kasha is not a true grain, and similar to Quinoa, is a seed. Both are eaten as central foods in countries who build their meals around these foods. Kasha is a fruit seed, related to rhubarb and sorrel. Quinoa is the seed of a plant called goosefoot which is closely related to the beet family. Quinoa packs a nice 8.9 mg protein per serving. Both these ‘pseudograins’ contain complete proteins, so that a simple bowl can stand alone as a source of significant stamina.

Just get those good staples in your own diet with any excuse! Just because you may live in a culture that has forgotten it’s own ways, you don’t have to leave health out of your breakfasts!

*By my calendar it’s late November and in the U.S.’s Pacific NW, winter.
Kasha or Buckwheat, groats, cooked
1.00 cup
(168.00 grams)
Calories: 155
GI: low
high in B Vitamins, Folic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Choline and Betaine
provides 19 gram Protein-38% of RDA , Calcium 37% and 23% of Iron
high in trace minerals, Omega 6 fatty acids 1256mg and full of protective

Anyone who is sensitive to gluten or has high blood sugar or heart concerns should incorporate kasha as well as buckwheat noodles into their diets. (Noodles can also be eaten in warmer climates, as it is more cooling than the groats). Buckwheat is indeed a superstar of foods, so don’t let the Russians, Ukrainians and diners of other Slavic nations have all the fun.

To prepare: add 1 cup of washed buckwheat groats to 2 cups of  boiling water or stock.
Simmer for 30 min.

Serve as a breakfast cereal, or add to salads, soups or use as a side dish like rice or potatoes.

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