Just 4 simple ingredients, thrown in a blender can do all this.
People who hate breakfast are actually nauseous at the thought of eating early in the morning. So they need something that will be easy to swallow and yet highly nutritious. Other people are so rushed and in a high adrenaline state that their digestive system has shut down. They need something that is filling and soothing to resupply their over energized body when it finally calms down.
Both kinds of breakfast haters can have a healthy satisfying start to the day by slightly changing the ratio of the 4 vital ingredients I'm going to tell you about.
The first vital ingredient is protein. But not just any protein. Undenatured whey protein is a very light bodied, highly bioactive nutrient. Simply put, it gets into the body and supplies vital nutrients quickly. It doesn't hang around in the intestines like casein or other vegetable or animal proteins. It also has the added benefit of boosting the immune system in a positive way, unlike other proteins which seem to stimulate allergies. There have been some amazing medical studies done with undenatured protein, showing its effectiveness in fighting cancer as well as increasing a sense of wellness. So if you are going to choose to use a protein, why not go with the best?
My favorite undenatured whey protein is one sold by ProHealth. I trust the company for the quality, and the price is better than other products sold through health food stores or multi level sales companies.
Just click on the picture below to get some more information on the undenatured whey protein I use:
The second vital ingredient is frozen blueberries. You have probably heard about the health benefits of blueberries. Aside from the powerful antioxidant properties, they also are flavorful, and low in the glycemic index ( won't give you a sugar crash). Just a small handful ( 1/4 cup) will give you great flavor and sustained energy. I have found that the wild organic blueberries have the most flavor, but also freeze several bags of commercial ones when blueberry season hits.
Cilantro is the third vital ingredient. Cilantro? Yes. This herb is often used in Mexican, Spanish and Asian cooking. It can be found fresh is most grocery stores. What you might not know, is that cilantro has a history as a great detoxifier. It is know to help the body get rid of heavy metals which can damage nerves and kidneys. It also has a great supply of phytonutrients and a refreshing taste. A small, loosely packed handful of leaves and stems brighten up the morning.
Note: When you buy fresh cilantro, make sure to clean it properly. Soak the bunch in a large container of water to let any sand settle to the bottom. Then rinse and spin or towel dry. Place the bunch in a clean plastic bag with a couple sheets of paper towel. This will keep the bunch fresh and ready for quick use.
Also, there are some people who cannot tolerate the taste of cilantro. Don't force yourself to eat it if you are one of these people. Your body is telling you that it is not right for you. Also you may want to see a good naturopathic physician to see if you are suffering from heavy metal toxicity. It could be that the cilantro is pulling too many toxins out, too quickly. (medical disclaimer: I'm not a doc and this is not medical advice, just observations from my own life)
The last vital ingredient is the one that customizes this healthy instant breakfast. Fresh ground flax seed has amazing health properties. Many people know about the Omega 36 &9 oil in flax seed, but there are also the lignans. Lignans are anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti bacterial, and anti-cancer substances. Also you have toxin fighting soluable fiber which will carry away the heavy metals the cilantro has released through the bile.
Just click on that image from Amazon to see more about this product as well as other brands and prices.
WOW! WHAT A GREAT HEALTH COMBINATION EH?
You can take these things and toss then in a blender, add the equivalent amount of ice water ( or more if you want a thinner mix), and have an amazingly health breakfast in just a few minutes. Dump it into a drink container and you can sip on it while heading to work, or whatever it is that begins your day. I have mine at my computer while checking emails.
Here are a few more special instructions on making this great healthy breakfast:
- You have to grind the flax seed ( or buy pre ground) If you are nausous in the morning and hate breakfast, then just use a little bit ( 1 tsp). The flax seed is a thickener. See how much your stomach likes and let that be your guide. If you are a mad rush adrenaline junkie in the morning then you might want to add more. It will soothe your system by stimulating certain nerve ending in your stomach. And it will help calm down the acids you are probably pumping out and swilling down in your coffee.
- Add the protein after combining the first three ingredients. Undenatured whey is fairly delicate ( which is why I recommend Prohealth's manufacturing supervision). It doesn't like too much heat or processing. So just blend it in at the end.
- If you find your shake too warm, consider adding some more ice to the water when you are blending the first three ingredients.