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Sunday, January 17, 2010

What in the world do I eat for breakfast??!!

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is how to eat raw within a normal, every day lifestyle.

Let's start with Breakfast.

What can a raw foodist eat for breakfast?

Most of the time I choose to have a green smoothie. Other breakfast choices would be oatmeal with raisins and almond milk, fresh fruit, an avocado, or granola with almond milk.

Remember that the word "breakfast" literally means just that, to break one's fast. We have been asleep for 8-10 hours (hopefully) without food. Breaking one's fast with cold pizza is not the optimal way for your stomach engine to re-awaken. Something gentle that is easy for the body to digest and utilize is a healthier approach.

I have noticed that often people like to be awake for a little while prior to having their first meal of the day. I know that I fall into that category. Even when I ate the traditional breakfast of eggs, meat, toast, etc. it was not the first thing for me. I needed to be awake for at least an hour prior to eating. I still am that way.

Morning begins with the bathroom routine; elimination, teeth-brushing, vitamin line-up, etc. Then, I do 20-30 minutes of gentle yoga, followed by 20-30 minutes of meditation. Do I follow this faithfully? No. It is however my routine for most of the days of the week. When I veer off this routine, my day does not seem to go as smoothly.

Some people have told me that they are too tired to do such a routine. I can certainly empathize and have been at that same place in my life many, many times, especially, prior to becoming a raw vegan. With becoming a raw vegan I have found much more energy and a quietness, a calm to my life both internally and externally.

It takes time. The most important thing is to be gentle with oneself. Observe where you are having the most difficulty and explore that area for insight.

Over and over again I have emphasized that AWARENESS is the most important thing. Everything must be brought to consciousness to be released. Everything must be brought to the light to heal.

So let's look at breakfast foods.

What is a green smoothie?
My basic recipe for a green smoothie is the following:

Green Fruit Smoothie

1/2 package (16 ounce) of frozen organic fruit
or you can use 1-2 Cups of fresh organic fruit
2-3 Cups fresh organic spinach
1 T. of a green powder (I personally use VitaMineral Green from Earth Force)
1 t of hemp or flax oil
1t of bee pollen
1/2 t of Maca

Place all ingredients in a blender (I use a VitaMix), fill with a few cups of water and process.

Any fruit may be used. You may add honey, agave syrup, stevia, or other sweeteners to the blend. Technically, honey and bee pollen are not considered vegan because they are products from an animal source.

Green powder, bee pollen, and Maca are also optional.

To make a Green Smoothie that is appropriate for people watching their sugar or glycemic intake the following is another option and the one that I use most.

Green Smoothie

1 organic avocado
1 stalk of organic celery
1/2 of 1 organic lemon, peeled
2 Cups, fresh, organic spinach
1/2 fresh, organic cucumber, not peeled
a dash of Real Salt (or Celtic Salt)

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and cover with water. Process.

Notice your tastes. They are probably different than mine or anyone elses. And, can be determined by the daily foods that you have been eating for a long time, your current health, and your current needs. You will find that the more raw, live and whole foods that you incorporate into your diet, the more your body will want them. Away from the sledge-hammer tastes of salty, fatty fast-foods, our tastebuds get a chance to reawaken to more subtle, natural tastes of foods that can become an explosion of mouth-watering flavors.

Juicing is a great idea for the morning. But I caution you to watch the amount of fruit that you consume as that can make the system highly acidic and one of the hallmarks of why a raw food diet is so important is that it contributes to a more alkaline environment in the body.

So, this is a start for you. I'll be posting other breakfast recipes and information to go along with it. Please let me know your ideas and what your needs are.

Make a comment and let me know what you think.

In Love and Peace,
Dr. Kat

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your new blog! I will be a faithful reader.. I may actually try a recipe or two... but so far any "green" drink just looks too gross to actually try! I am excited to learn more about you through this. I used to have a blogspot, but no more. Now you can find me at

    love you!