There will always be those days when it seems impossible to hold strong to your commitment to take good care of your body by putting the right fuel into your mouth. And those days will not always be perfect. Your heart might cry when you see a close friend of yours who worked so hard on a delicious meal just for you, just waiting to see what you think about it. Situations like this are difficult, but to me, should not bring you guilt. Guilt and food don’t mesh very well, and is just a recipe for disaster. There are 2 important things that I try to remember, and that have brought me great rewards thus far:
- It’s not about perfection. As long as you’re eating right most of the time, you’re moving in the right direction. (By “most” I mean about 80-90%). But always aim for the stars!
- If and when there is a bad day that happens; you’re on the road and have no healthy options, or it’s just a crummy day, the important thing is to get right back up IMMEDIATELY and start fresh with a clean slate. Exercise is a great way to bounce back from the food blues.
That’s what I love about breakfast. It’s the morning, and you haven’t made any bad choices yet (with food or with anything else.) You can either set the stage for a healthy day or an unhealthy one. Truth be told, it all starts with getting a full night’s sleep.
This recipe is inspired from Rip Esselstyn when he did his “Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue” show that is available on Netflix via stream. It’s very simple. You basically combine small amounts of 3-4 different kinds of healthy whole grain cereals and load it with your choice of fruit.
Here’s what I used. My measurements are approximates. I just eyeballed it, but I will try to give you an idea with standard measurements:
- 1/8 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/4 cup shredded wheat (unsweetened, where the only flavor is “wheat”)
- 1/8 cup grape nuts
- 2 tbsp Uncle Sam’s cereal
- 3 large strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 kiwifruit
- Unsweetened almond milk (I have no idea how much I used–I just pour it on real good)
I put the cereal in first, then the chopped fruit, then the milk, just like you would do with standard american cereal. This is a very filling breakfast for me, and I eat a lot for a gal my size. I find that tart fruits like mango, strawberry, or kiwi really give the cereal some powerful flavor that doesn’t make me really miss the sweetened almond milk.
Remember, breakfast can be really simple, delicious, and a great motivation to eat right through the rest of the day. Enjoy!