Sunday, February 28, 2010

Eating healthfully…

Breakfast always has been my favorite meal. Just do not get my day off to a good start without a substantial one, however modest.

Over the years, my breakfast has been influenced by many culinary phases. In the 70’s, a yoga teacher shared her “seed breakfast” recipe. Recall it was a blend of flax, chia and sesame seeds (tablespoon of each), ground in a blender with one whole (not peeled) orange. It was topped with a tablespoon of sunflower seeds. Tried that for a few years. My father even bought me a special jar to keep my “birdseed” in. Eventually, commute time got in the way, and I drifted back to boxed cereal. Now that I have my own homegrown oranges, I have been thinking to try the seed breakfast, again. Meanwhile…



Above is a photo of my now typical breakfast -- what I like to euphemistically call “breakfast pilaf”, or in summer, “breakfast sundae.” Suppose it is truly more of a thick, fruited porridge, but pilaf and sundae sound more delectable, don’t they? The base consists of steel cut oats, bulgur wheat, wheat bran and flax meal, seasoned with cinnamon and ginger. I cook a large batch of this on the stovetop, and keep it in containers in the refrigerator, reheating a day’s portion. Then, berries and applesauce are mixed in. It is topped with raisins, nuts, and plain yogurt. (I know, latter is an acquired taste.) In summer, a generous layer of sliced fresh fruit, usually peaches, lies beneath the yogurt. It is a great start to my morning, along with two cups of organic black coffee. No sugar added!

6 comments:

Monika said...

Great blog Janis! Your breakfast sounds delish....

Janis said...

Thanks, Monika!

Barbara said...

Wow, I'm impressed. It looks delicious. Think I'll try both.

Janis said...

Think you'll enjoy, Barbara. Just remembering a detail about the seed breakfast. Seeds were ground first, then the orange was added. Will bring you a couple of homegrown oranges along with the grapefruit on Saturday.

karisatglencree said...

Hi, Jan! I love reading your blog, and this entry in particular has me drooling! I also love the details in your breakfast photo--perfect for a German St. Patrick's Day. It's an honor to be linked together online, too, and to see your business take root and grow.

Lots of love and blessings,

Kari

Janis said...

Hi, Kari,
Danke! This post was especially for you and Sarah.
Hope to talk to you soon,
Jan