Category Archives: Breakfast

Regarding Juicing

While on Paleo, I used to be against juicing due to being fiberless and relatively high in sugar. However, what turned me around was common sense: Soil in the last 100 years has been losing its nutrition at a steady rate, for some vitamins up to 80%! Aboriginal people didn’t used to each much, but even for the little they were eating, they were getting more nutrition than we do today (even on a Paleo or vegan diets).

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So the only way to get enough nutrients through normal food and not pills, and to not eat ungodly amounts of food, is to juice. Sure, they have some sugar in them, but sugar be damn. The amount of nutrition you get from juices, should be able to fight off whatever negative effects fructose can bring.

Given the bad state of my liver (as I write this, I’m still doing tests to find out what’s wrong, on top of the non-alcoholic fatty liver that I already have), I’ve decided to have breakfast and lunches made of 3-4 veggie juices (not much fruit in them), three times a week. Dinner would consist from solid food, that also includes the discarded fiber of the juice (e.g. as in vegan bean “sausages” or bunless bean “burgers”). Traditionally, in the Greek Orthodox religion, most women would fast Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Fasting in their context meant going regular vegan, but in my case, I’d be going liquid raw vegan. This should give some time to my liver to recover.

juice feast

So I made my first veggie juice today, as seen above: kale, swiss chard and mint from my own garden, a carrot, broccoli stems, celery, a small zucchini, and an apple. It was surprisingly good!

Eventually, I hope to go on a 3-day juice fast (or “juice feast” as raw vegan evangelist John Rose calls it).

More fruits and veggies

I got some blood test results back, and neither my B12, liver or lipids looked good. Consider that after 5 years on Paleo (eating also offal), I should have buttloads of B12. But nope! I’m actually anemic due to it!

And my lipids are even worse than they were in 2012. Quite obviously, plain highish-fat Paleo, just doesn’t work for me. I will always follow the Paleo advice of not eating grains, sugar, or processed oils, but not including legumes, lots of fruits, rice, fermented dairy, and white potatoes, doesn’t sit well with me. Not anymore. My gut needs the starch, and this has been evident since I switched to Pegan less than a month ago.

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So now I start my day with lots of whole fruits or a smoothie (I limit smoothies to once a day only, due to having acellular carbs when mashed — bad for you in the long run).

breakfast

Tonight, I prepared some Greek spinach pie, with kale and chard from my own garden. I added no feta cheese or olive oil as the recipe demands, I only added the various greens and rice.

chard-and-kale

Pegan Breakfast “Cereal”

Yummy breakfast! Please soak these nuts & seeds before using!

paleo-cereal

Ingredients (for 1)
* 1 cup of kefir
* 1 tspoon of raw & unfiltered honey (optional)
* 1 tspoon of unsalted pecan pieces
* 1 tspoon of unsalted walnut pieces
* 1 tspoon of silvered almonds
* 1 tspoon of unsalted pistachios
* 1 tspoon of unsalted raw pine nuts
* 1 tspoon of unsalted, raw sunflower/safflower seeds
* 1 tspoon of unsalted, raw pumpkin/squash/pepitas seeds
* 2 Tbspoons of frozen or fresh berry selection (e.g. blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, or other kinds etc)

Method
1. Put all the nuts & seeds in a breakfast bowl. If using unsweetened milk, you could optionally add a teaspoon of honey and stir it well in. Add the berries and milk. If using frozen berries, wait for 2-3 minutes for them to get warmer. The berries will now release some color into the milk, making it look really interesting. Enjoy!

Variation: You can also use a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder! Optionally, a pinch of cinnamon too. Or, you can use a chopped banana instead of berries!

Notes:
1. If using Brazil nuts, make sure you only use 1 of them, chopped. A single Brazil nut has over 100% of the daily value for Selenium, but it also has the most phytic acid than any other nut, so you don’t want to be overdosing in any of that.

2. Macadamias are great to use in this recipe, but you’ll have to buy them chopped, or use a food processor to chop them. Same goes for hazelnuts, which in addition will have to be skinned. Might not worth the effort for a quick breakfast.

3. Do not use peanuts, they’re not nuts. Botanically, they’re beans/legumes.

Breakfast Muffins

These breakfast muffins are the latest craze in the Paleo community. I’d suggest smoothies for breakfast, but if you prefer something cooked once in a while, here are these muffins. The idea is that you can make them¬†ahead of time, refrigerate them, and then you microwave some of them for a few seconds in the morning, for breakfast.

breakfast-muffins

Ingredients (makes 12, 3 gr of carbs each)
* 6 eggs
* 3-4 mushrooms, sliced
* 1 TBspoon Parmesan or 1/4 cup coconut milk (optional)
* 2 green onions
* 1 tspoon avocado oil
* Salt & pepper to taste
* 3/4 cup (overall) of broccoli, bell peppers, yam, spinach, zucchini… Use whatever fast-cooking veggie you need to get rid of from your fridge

Method
1. In a big bowl whisk well the eggs, with the optional Parmesan or coconut milk. Then sprinkle salt & pepper to your taste.

2. Cut the green onions, mushrooms and vegetables in small pieces. Preheat oven at 350 F (180 C).

3. Place the chopped ingredients in a frying pan and fry in medium heat for 3-4 minutes with some avocado oil, while stirring often.

4. Pour the fried ingredients in the egg bowl and mix well. Then, using a ladle, pour the mixture into the muffin holders.

5. Bake for ~20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the holders immediately and let cool. Then refrigerate for up to 3-4 days, and if wished, each morning microwave for 15 to 30 secs (depending on the microwave unit) the quantity you need for breakfast.