Breakfast is pretty much our favourite meal. As much as lunch, dinner, brunch, and tea-time. After all, when you’re eating organic and healthy, small, fresh meals through the day are better for you.
But as we go deeper in our organic journey, we’re becoming more interested in specifics. Eating breakfast is important? Definitely. But what should we eat for breakfast, so we can help our body detox itself, after a night of rest?
What’s so special about the AM?
We spoke to pranic healer and vegan chef Meenu Nageshwaran, who explained,
“The body goes through three cycles – elimination, digestion and assimilation. When even one goes wrong, our system and eventually health, get into problems.”
For our bodies, mornings are all about elimination and expelling the waste after sleep. And the first thing we do wrong is reaching for that cup of coffee or tea – this stops or hinder elimination in a systemic sense. “Tea and coffee make our blood sugar levels shoot up,” says Meenu, “And tea is highly acidic – it should be had only after lining your stomach with food.”
What should we eat first?
We need to feed the body unprocessed food to speed up or facilitate elimination and then digestion and assimilation, so we fuel up for the rest of the day.
Meenu says the first we should eat is a fruit or fruits; especially if you’re an early riser.
“Fruits take the least amount of time to be digested – 20 minutes at the maximum, and they are absorbed right into the blood, giving you energy.”
With expertise in creating menus for diabetics as well, Meenu stresses the importance of consuming lower glycemic index fruits. “Strictly avoid watermelons and pineapples,” she adds.
Fruit, then smoothie
Early risers may have a fruit to start with and then, within an hour or half an hour, prepare and consume a green juice or smoothie. Meenu favours smoothies with a major green like spinach, as well as minor greens like betel leaf, pudina, curry leaves and coriander, with a couple of fruits – choose from apple, banana, pear or guava – along with spices like dalchini to control blood sugar, black pepper and turmeric along with rock salt and lemon juice.
No grains, no pain
Meenu, who’s been following this regime for a while now, says that she normally feels full after her smoothie. But for those who are still hungry or get up really early and thus stagger their mini-meals out, she recommends a no-grain breakfast.
These could be cheelas made from fresh moong dal, the Maharashtrian thalipeeth made from besan or even no-grain dosas. You could also have lettuce wrap veggie rolls, homemade granola bars and fruits in nut milks.
What should you know?
Meenu stresses the importance of eating when you’re hungry, rather than a specific time. She says you may give breaks of half an hour to an hour between fruit, smoothie and breakfast to gauge your hunger levels and eat accordingly.
She also recommends a health shot – 2 tbsp of amla + 1 tbsp fresh haldi + 1 tbsp ginger + 3-4 peppercorns – blended together and downed first thing in the morning, before your fruit, for its anti-inflammatory and Vitamin C benefits.
“After monsoons, the ‘agni’ in our digestive systems goes down till spring. Fresh ginger in our diets keeps our digestive systems pepped up.”
What are the benefits?
Meenu advises you to give this new routine at least 21 days to settle into. “This breakfast routine helps you put greens in their purest form in your system – it’s like drinking fibre. There are benefits to our skin and hair too – you can end up looking from 5 to 10 years younger. Even the chlorophyll, known as concentrated sunpower, in these will help your system as well as the process of elimination.”
Fruit + Smoothie + No-grain breakfast. That’s our recommendation for a healthy, detoxifying breakfast every day.