Is your breakfast nourishing your body or poisoning it?
If you’re anything like me, I love a bowl of cereal with milk first thing in the morning, but did you know that most shop bought breakfast cereals are the unhealthiest type of breakfast you can eat?
Starting your day with a bowl of even the so-called healthy, slimming breakfast cereals, mueslis or granolas could be causing you all sorts of health issues, and will definitely be a cause of your energy level dip by mid-morning.
Cereals like cornflakes and weetabix have been eaten by adults and children alike for nearly a century, and most people believe them to be a healthy way to start the day. After all, they’re made from whole grains, and contain fibre and vitamins and minerals, which are all good for us, aren’t they?
Unfortunately, many of them also contain some not so good ingredients, which results in them being a very unhealthy option.
- They often contain preservatives such as Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT). The International Cancer Agency categorises BHA as a possible human carcinogen, and tests have shown that both BHA and BHT can cause toxicity in the body, as well as disrupt the endocrine system.
- A single serving of some breakfast cereals exceeds 60 percent of the maximum daily amount of sugar recommended by authoritative health agencies, and as many people eat far more than the stated single serving each morning, they actually consume far more sugar.
- The salt content in many cereals is often much higher than the recommended daily amount, and an overdose on salt can bring health problems too, like higher blood pressure, which can put a strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain.
- Alarmingly, many oat cereals, granolas and cereal bars also contain a dose of the dangerous Monsanto’s Roundup weed-killer, of which glyphosate is an active ingredient. Glyphosate has been linked to cancer.
- Many cereals also contain gluten, which is known to cause uncomfortable symptoms in many people, and is certainly best avoided if you’re suffering with M.E./CFS.
So what can you do, if you really have to start your day with a bowl of cereal?
Well, you could make your own healthy cereal, which doesn’t take long, you can make a big batch and store it, and better still you can only add ingredients that will actually nourish your body, rather than poison it.
Here’s how I make my healthy granola, why not give it a try? It takes no time at all, is so delicious and you can even tweak the flavours to your preference.
Ingredients: (makes enough to fill a large jar)
200g gluten-free rolled oats (preferably organic)
150g mixed nuts (hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, pecan nuts)
50g mixed seeds (sunflower, poppy, pumpkin, sesame)
50g desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
150g dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots)
5 tablespoons maple syrup or runny honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 180 deg.C/350 deg.F/gas 4 (adjust temperature and times for Fan oven)
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, except for the dried fruit, and then empty onto a baking tray
- Drizzle with the maple syrup and olive oil and stir to coat all the ingredients well
- Smooth down with a wooden spoon
- Place the tray in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, and smoothing down before returning to the oven
- When the granola is golden brown, remove from the oven, add the dry fruit and allow to cool before storing in a glass jar
Once you’ve tried this recipe, you may find you want to tweak it to your taste. Prior to cooking, you could mix in a sprinkle of Pink Himalayan Salt, or if you want it slightly sweeter, add a sprinkle of natural sweetener, like Stevia, or maybe some nutmeg.
You can eat your healthy cereal with natural yoghurt, topped with fresh fruit, or with milk, or a dairy milk alternative. On cold days, I have mine with warm milk, which makes it a real winter warmer!
It feels amazing to have a delicious bowl of cereal that you don’t need to feel guilty about because it’s providing your body with so much goodness!
Of course, there are other healthy breakfast options and it’s good to vary your diet as much as possible to ensure your body gets a good all round balance of vitamins, minerals and protein.
Here are some other healthy, gluten and sugar-free breakfast ideas for you to try:
- Eggs – poached, scrambled or in omelette form, served with some avocado and or spinach wilted in olive oil or butter
- Natural yoghurt with some Linwoods seed mix and fresh fruit
- A homemade vegetable and fruit smoothie/juice (only have 20% fruit, so as not to overdo the sugar content)
Breakfast does not need to be unhealthy and the right option will set you up for the day, as well as keep you fit and healthy!