Eat like a bird…Posted: July 30, 2012
Eat Like a Bird, but Hold the Worms, Please!
Life is crummy sometimes, yes, we know. But, there are some things in our control. One thing that has helped me to feel good is… (don’t hold your breath!)…
That is where I start my day, healthy but in an easy-going manner.
In my family, I get teased for eating “like a bird”(referring to What I eat more so than the quantity) or “like Euell Gibbons”. I think he did a Grape-Nuts commercial years ago and is known for eating tree bark. No, not really, I don’t think, but he was an early advocate of natural foods.
Breakfast kick-starts your metabolism and I have been eating it every day since I was a kid. I look forward to it because it is the easiest of creative meals. While I do eat eggs sometimes, I more likely have them for lunch, or maybe an omelette for brunch on the weekend, or dinner if it is just for me. Oh and I do like grainy blueberry pancakes! They are a good brunch sort of thing.
This is my morning routine:
Listen to the news while waking and stretching. I like to know what is going on in the world, don’t like to miss anything. And then I let the news go for awhile, wash it away in the shower.
This is quick and easy, once it is a routine:
I always have berries on hand, either frozen or fresh. Blueberries and strawberries are two foods that are often in the top-ten fruits and veggies recommended to have organic, so I go for organic with those. I also always have plain low-fat yogurt and non-fat (or you might want low-fat) milk on hand.
Then, I have an assortment of jars of nuts and seeds and grains. Ground flax is one of my favorites of late; sprinkle a couple of tablespoons or so on top of your yogurt and washed berries. Then, depending upon what you feel like eating (here is where the creativity comes in) sprinkle in any combination of these things, or these sorts of things:
uncooked oat meal
almonds (slivered work well)
pumpkin seeds (unsalted and without the shells)
sunflower seeds (same as above!)
organic raw coconut, shredded (can be dehydrated and low fat)
sesame seeds (roasted, unsalted)
You can put in any other berries that strike your fancy, whatever are in season in your area. Or even organic goji berries; you get those dried. And–any other fruits, nuts, or grains that you prefer.
For instance, add chopped apple or banana, grapes, raisins or a little honey if you want some sweetness.
Add milk or more yogurt or even a little water, for desired consistency.
If you have a gluten or lactose intolerance or any other dietary need, of course delete or substitute accordingly: this is so flexible.
Sprinkle some cinnamon on top; cinnamon is supposed to help control blood sugar. I know people who have diabetes in their family and their doctors have prescribed cinnamon to help stave off that disease. Not that I am a medical person or nutritionist, but I figure it can’t hurt. Tumeric is good for you too, I hear, but it is not the easiest thing to eat on grains, nuts, and berries. Still, I sometimes do.
Eat in layers or creatively mix!
There. Now you have energy for your morning.
This works well as a snack, too. You can adjust the quantities and contents any old way that your little heart desires.
If you are in an elegant mood, make your concoction in a parfait glass, layering the fruit and yogurt (and maybe a layer or two of nuts) and then top with slivered almonds or strawberries, for example.
For added loveliness or to begin your day in a rockin’ way, put on some music. It’s always relaxing and/or fun (depending upon the music) to waltz or dance around the kitchen while “cooking”. Then, listen and relax while eating.
Be creative, eat well, be healthy and happy!
*Thank you ever so much for the reminder, Valerie! : )