Shouldn’t breakfast start your day the way you intend to live it?
Have you ever wondered what to eat in the morning?
Ever felt tired of the “same old, same old”?
Have dry cereal and cold milk lost its mojo for you?
Personally, I never had much taste or enthusiasm for breakfast as a daily habit.
Sure, breakfast as an event is an inspiring way to begin any day. “Daddy’s Pancakes” on a Saturday, brunch with extended family on a Sunday, fresh croissant at a place like the Darshan Bakery in Encinitas, and bagels at the beach with friends are breakfasts to get up for.
But everyday breakfast, the one the pundits all say we absolutely must have, leaves me wanting to go back to bed.
And shouldn’t breakfast be just the opposite? Shouldn’t it give us fire, energy, pizzazz?
Shouldn’t breakfast start our day the way we intend to live it?
I think breakfast should absolutely be one more great reason to get up in the morning. I make it sparkle. I make it fun. I make it lavishly green. I make it portable (why stop when the day has just begun?), and I make it right after yoga practice while I am still dancing, singing, lovingly greeting the day. These, I call “Green Goddess Mornings.”
“What do you have for breakfast?” a client asked today, gently requesting I post the recipe here. Of course, with Green Goddess Mornings, nothing is ever the same. If it were, it wouldn’t be a Green Goddess Morning, would it?
Here, however, is an example of what breakfast could look like on any given day:
GREEN GODDESS MORNING GLORY
1/2 cup Sparkling water (doesn’t have to be fizzy: “flat” water is fine)
1/2 cup Pomegranate or Hibiscus Juice
1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice
Fresh juice of 1 Lemon
2 heaping tablespoons of Spirulina
2 Kale leaves, spine removed (beet leaves, broccoli florets, celery are also great)
1/2 of a Banana
1 heaping tablespoon Coconut Oil (or Walnut Oil)
1 heaping tablespoon ground Flax seed (I like Bob’s as they are able to preserve vital nutrients often lost in the grinding process)
1 tablespoon Honey
1 dash each of Cinnamon and Turmeric (some days I also add a dash of either Cardamom, Cayenne, or Ginger)
Put everything together in a Juicer or Blender and give it a good mix. Pour into your favorite, most beautiful, most inspiring glasses-because you deserve it, and serve.
For its deep color and coconut speckles, it is gorgeous. As a meal though, its rich green has been known to frighten. If it looks scary to you, adjust the measure of honey, thank it for its green Goddess potency, and it will be delicious.
I also suggest that before drinking, you tell your Green Goddess Shake exactly what kind of day you would like to have. Who knows? All great and true Goddesses have infinite power. Maybe she can restore the breakfast mojo!
Laura Plumb is a practitioner of Ayurveda, the oldest comprehensive system of holistic medicine in the world. In this science, we see food as absolutely fundamental to wellness. One could almost say that food is love in action, nourishing you to live, love and taste each moment to its fullest!
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