by diana on June 6, 2010

in All the other good stuff,Raw & Vegetarian Recipes


When people are transitioning from their regular diet to a more raw food diet they are usually not sure what to have for breakfast. They are used to their cereal, toast and coffee.

I know, because that used to be me also.

I loved my cereal and crispy toast with peanut butter. I didn’t eat fruit at all in the morning. It didn’t really occur to me to eat fruit. People are always saying how you need a hearty breakfast with protein to get you through the day.

Ok, maybe when we used to farm, work out in the fields, do hard physical labor all day sure – then we need the protein, the starchy carbs, etc to fuel our body. But sitting in an office, in front of a computer for 8 hours! No, we do NOT eat a heavy breakfast when we are going to sit around all day.

What I enjoy for breakfast now is fruit. I usually start with a grapefruit and/or orange. I have that at home and what I bring to work is:

Fruit & Chia Gel Cereal
Apple cut into small pieces
Frozen blueberries (in summer fresh ones)
Frozen raspberries or blackberries (some times)
Chia Gel
Cinnamon (I love cinnamon)
Ground flax (sometimes add this)

I love this breakfast! It is so easy and fast. I just put the ingredients into a glass container with a lid and pack it with my lunch.

If this would not be enough for you then add:
Some sprouted oat groats OR
Some sprouted buckwheat groats
Honey or agave
You can even add some soaked nut pieces and coconut flakes

I do not miss the cereals I used to consume now. The cereals above have so much more flavour and nutrients.

I love oat groats because of their dense texture and they add a chewiness that I miss sometimes with just fruit.

Oat Groat Cereal:
Cut apples or another fruit
Chopped sun-dried figs or even fresh figs (optional)
Coconut Flakes
Soaked walnuts
Oat groats
(add some cacao powder for a chocolate flavour – yum)

Buckwheat Porridge:
Sprouted buckwheat groats
Almond Butter

Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse. If you want it creamier, add a bit of water and processor longer. The amount of each ingredient does not really matter. Go by taste.

Simple, Fast, Chia Power Breakfast Ideas:

  • Grapefruit with chia gel
  • Oranges & kiwi with chia gel
  • Blueberries, ground flax and chia gel
  • Chia gel, cacao powder, raisons (or dates or figs), touch of honey

How to make chia gel: Start with 1 tsp chia seeds and add about 8 tsp of water. Let stand for about 30 minutes. (stir a few times as it sits)

Chia gel does not really have a taste so you can add pretty much anything to it or add it to anything. It is high protein (complete protein) and gives you energy! Super for athletes. I also love it because it is not heavy or too filling.

For those who want something easy that you can bring in your car and drink as you drive – try a green smoothie! Fuel you with nutrition, a great way to start the day if you just don’t have time to sit and eat.

Green Smoothie:

1-2 handfuls of Spinach (or other green)
1 Apple
1/2 – 1 Banana (best when frozen and cut up)
1 C Water
1/2 Lemon Juiced
Dash of cinnamon (optional)

This is a basic green smoothie – there are so many varieties. Add any fruit you want to try and all greens are good (but if you are a green smoothie beginner, you may want to stick to simple greens such as spinach, lettuce or a bit of kale).

I hope you enjoy these breakfast ideas. I know there are no exact measurements or amounts in each but please believe me that the amounts don’t really matter. Start with a smaller amount and when you find the right combinations, etc, then you can increase the amount you make at one time. Everyone has their own taste.


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