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Nirvana Happy Breakfasts

21 Nov 2011   Shanti Gowans
Breakfasts around the world are completely different. But most Australian breakfasts consist of a few staple ingredients, such as coffee or tea, cereal, eggs and bacon/sausage. Occasionally, on weekends, perhaps some pancakes or French toast.  
Here's a healthy tip, add some fruit to breakfast. Slice up some berries or fresh pineapple (yummy) for your cereal, add banana or avocado to your toast with nut butter (nummy), halve a grapefruit or munch on mandarins when in season, poach some pears, apples or apricots. It's usually easy enough to add fruit to breakfast.
Now let's consider looking for ways to eat more 'green' vegetables for breakfast. Adding vegetables to breakfast can start with the standard vegetable combinations such as red and green pepper, perhaps mushroom and tomatoes to your omelette or scrambled eggs.  Here are some more ideas to get you started.

Sunshine sunny side up egg with greens

Trim and chop two spears of asparagus, cook them in a nonstick pan for a couple of minutes, then make a circle with the asparagus, crack an egg in the middle, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook for 3 minutes. Serve with homemade (okay I jest) oatmeal bread, toasted if that works for you, and a beverage. It's an amazing feeling you get when you eat green vegetables for breakfast. You run around the house with your body saying "I'm so great, I cook, look, I'm eating well, I'm so cool, so healthy, I rock," or something to that effect might happen.

Other suggestions:

• Also works with steamed light-tasting veggies, such as bok choy, spinach, broccoli, broccolini, french beans and  zucchini.
• In a nonstick frying pan, cook up a couple of thick, slices of tomagoes, an onion ring till transparent, and a large mushroom. Then  cook up an egg or two. Plate up on toasted bread, covered with a generous bed of fresh, baby spinach leaves. Garnish with parsley or coriander. Season with salt and pepper.

Leftovers for breakfast

Make a well in the middle of your ratatouille mixture (of whatever veggies your have, such as green beans, spinach, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes) and break your egg into the well and cook slowly.

Another leftover for breakfast:

Warm up your leftovers from an earlier baking, such as: roasted cauliflower, potatoes, zucchini, onions and roasted buckwheat, drop an egg in there …yummy.

Anyone for farm fresh eggs?

Our Isa Brown chickens all contribute with free-range breakfast eggs. At the moment Peter is the guinea pig for all our farm-fresh egg recipes. You have the opportunity to purchase some of Nirvana's farm-fresh free-range eggs from both the retreat centre and the Southport centre. 

Nirvana Vegan Muesli

Go on a shoppping expedition for the best, organic ingredients. Chop and mix together the ingredients listed below. Store in an airtight container. 
Nuts and Seeds:
Macadamia nuts
Sunflower seeds
Coconut - flakes or dessicated
Figs - diced
Gogi berries
Vanilla Bean


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Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

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