Vegan Breakfast Recipe #1
Many Americans believe eating a bowl of oatmeal is a “heart-healthy” way to begin a nutritious day. However, to quote cardiologist and author Dr. William Davis in Wheat Belly Total Health, “the plentiful amylopectin starch of oats raises blood sugar to high levels and therefore provokes extravagant glycation-the irreversible process of modifying proteins when blood glucose rises.” Thus, because it raises our blood sugar levels fast and furiously, oatmeal is unhealthy on two counts. First, it facilitates the creation of abnormal proteins (glycoproteins) that the human body cannot break down or eliminate. These abnormal proteins accumulate in and cause damage to several organ systems of the human body-in the eyes, joints, brain, heart, and blood vessels, to name only a few. Secondly, by raising our blood sugar to high levels, oats cause the release of the “fat-storage hormone,” insulin. Not only does insulin cause us to add to our stores of body fat, it also prevents the release of another hormone that allows us to burn excess body fat we have already stored.
The serious detrimental effects to human health described above are often multiplied by the way in which most people eat oatmeal, that is, in milk and with bananas and/or raisins. Adding lactose-the sugar in milk-and fructose-in bananas and raisins-catapults one’s blood glucose to even more extreme levels. Add a glass of juice to such a breakfast and it becomes a slow cereal killer.
As bleak as the nutritional information in the previous two paragraphs is, all is not lost. Eating healthfully is not merely a matter of eliminating toxic foods, such as grain-based foodstuffs, from our daily diets. Good nutrition means being pro-active, that is, adding foods to our diet that allow our bodies to function at the highest possible levels of health. In the case of breakfast, there are several alternatives which not only supply the nutrients our bodies need, not only do not cause severe degenerative diseases, but which are also delicious, satisfying, and even easier to prepare than oatmeal. A prime example of such a breakfast is today’s feature feast:
Flax, Hemp, and Nut Crunchola
2 ounces of organic ground flax seeds
1 ounce of organic ground hemp seeds
2 ounces of organic ground nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, brazil nuts, pistachios, and/or macadamia nuts)
1 ounce of organic dried coconut flakes or chopped fresh coconut
2 ounces of blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries
½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg powder
4-6 ounces of organic, unsweetened, cold flax, hemp, or almond milk
1 teaspoon of coconut liquid aminos
Start with flax, hemp, or almond milk,
Stir ground flax, then ground hemp seeds, followed by
Ground nuts, coconut flakes, and berries.
Stir in spices and aminos until all ingredients are well-distributed.
Take you time. Forget the newspaper for a minute. Close your eyes and chew each spoonful fully to savor all the flavors and textures.
Enjoy an exceptional morning. Your sense of taste and your desire to chew are satisfied completely. Your body is infused with nutrients. Your spirit is armed with more than enough energy to beat the band.
This breakfast is high in beneficial fats and fiber, moderate in protein, and very low in foods that raise our blood sugar levels. By switching from oatmeal, cow’s milk, and high fructose fruits, we have created an awesomely delicious and truly heart-healthy breakfast. If you prefer a hot breakfast, simply heat the nut/seed milk first, then proceed with the directions.