Anti-inflammatory breakfasts! Sounds very unappetising but actually they are one of the easiest to make and the ingredients which are best to aim towards suit breakfasts really well!
Perhaps the first thing to say is: “Have some breakfast!”
And that would almost do, except that it would be great not to just reach for toast and jam or most packet cereals!
I’ve made some kedgerees at weekends, (I’ve always loved kedgeree!), but most weekdays I wouldn’t have enough time so I opt for porridge, muesli or granola.
I’ve really struggled finding commercial muesli or granola which hasn’t got a depressing amount of added sugar hidden in it. Look out for malted flakes, puffed sweetened rice, crystallised of syrup enhanced dried fruit. These add up to a really high percentage of the overall carbohydrate content in many cereals.
Rude Health do a granola which is better on this front than most if you want a back up in the cupboard. The Dorset Cereal Company looked so good, but really let me down when I looked at the ingredients!
So I’m making my own or opting for home made porridge which is much more straight forward.
I’ll post a muesli and granola recipe next time but for now here’s my morning porridge recipe:
For just me I use half a mug of oats with a mug of water and a tiny bit of salt.
In the same saucepan and at the same time i put a handful of a dried fruit mix that I make myself.
This dried fruit mix lasts me for a week or so after I’ve made it. I chop up into largish bits, dried apricots (unsulphured), dried dates, figs, mango, peach, coconut, prunes and a few raisins, and anything else that hasn’t been treated with sulphur, syrup or glycerine and still looks nice!
I chop a fresh apple into the porridge mix (I’ve got a fantastic apple tree called Irish peach which produces perfect apples for this!) and cook everything until it starts bubbling and thickens up.
Admittedly this makes a huge portion but I almost always manage it, and if I don’t then the saucepan scrapings go to my hens who turn it into eggs – fantastic!
Which brings me to another perfect breakfast food of course – eggs!
Have lots of them, they’re lovely!
For my clients who might be pregnant, go carefully with eggs – just make sure they’re cooked through.
ps. Don’t drink a litre of water after this or you’ll explode, all you 2 litre water-drinkers!