Most people find that switching to an all raw food breakfast is the easiest first step to take when starting a raw food diet . Even if it is the only raw meal you have all day, you've at least started your day with a boost of live nourishment that will energize you rather than drag you down.
Furthermore, according to many nutritionists, the morning hours are when your body is undergoing an elimination process as it removes the wastes collected throughout the night. So eating light, cleansing foods during the entire morning, especially fresh fruit, helps your body do its job better and supports good health. “Fruit 'til noon” is usually how we start our days. I will often mix in my favorite raw non-dairy protein powder and perhaps some chia or flax for extra Omega 3's.
Feel free to mix and match the following raw food breakfast recipes along with the raw food smoothie recipes in your meal plans. If you have a juicer, a freshly made raw fruit or vegetable juice would also be ideal, especially if you are doing more of a raw food detox diet. If you find you are hungry a few hours later, have some more breakfast or enjoy some easy grab and go foods from the list of raw foods , such as apples, bananas, grapes or even a small handful of raw nuts. Little raw snacks are good. No need to ever go hungry on the raw food diet!
Honey Nut Banana Mash
2 bananas, peeled
1/4 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon honey
Step one: put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until the consistency of chunky porridge. Serves one.
Optional: sprinkle 1 Tablespoon freshly ground flax seed over the top for extra nutrition and a slightly nutty taste. Flax seeds can be nicely ground in a small coffee grinder. Or squeeze some lemon juice over it for a lemon pudding-like flavor. 2 Tablespoons of raw cacao or carob powder makes a chocolate pudding-like flavor. Cinnamon and nutmeg are yummy, too.
Fruit Bowl with Citrus Drizzle
fresh squeezed juice of 1/4 orange or lemon
1 teaspoon honey
Step one: peel banana and wash apples and pears (or other fruits of choice). Cut into bite size pieces and put in a bowl.
Step two: drizzle the citrus juice and the honey over the fruit and stir to mix well. Serves one.
Optional: sprinkle 1 Tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut over the top. Or add 1 Tablespoon freshly ground flax seed for extra nutrition and a slightly nutty taste. Flax seeds can be nicely ground in a small coffee grinder. Try other fruits, such as berries, mangoes, pineapples, etc.
Cream of Buckwheat
Note: prepare this today, eat it tomorrow.
Note: buckwheat is a seed, not a grain, and is wheat and gluten free. It is also a complete source of protein and is high in fiber as well as many vitamins and minerals. This breakfast is very filling!
1/2 cup raw hulled buckwheat groats (Sold in health food stores)
1 cup purified water for soaking
1/4 cup raisins
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup purified water or nut-milk
Step one: soak groats in water for 30-60 minutes first thing in the morning. Then pour in a mesh strainer and rinse until the water runs clear, then drain and leave out to dry. Rinse and drain again midday (or when you get home from work) and again before bed, leaving out to dry all night.
Step two: The following morning, put groats into a blender or food processor with raisins, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and water or nut-milk. Blend until smooth. Serves one.
Optional: add chopped dates, bananas or apples. And/or sprinkle 1 Tablespoon freshly ground flax seed over the top for extra nutrition and a slightly nutty taste. Flax seeds can be nicely ground in a small coffee grinder. Stir in a good raw protein powder, if desired.