Flexible Foods

April 15th, 2010 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

One of the joys of being an adult it getting to decide “what’s for dinner”. I love having the freedom to satisfy my hunger with food that I really enjoy eating – and when I’m full I can leave the table, regardless of what is left on my plate (I can always finish it for breakfast!).

As my diet has shifted to a focus on whole-foods I have noticed more flexibility around what I consider a meal. I often find myself having a smoothie for lunch, a raw cereal for dinner and have even enjoyed salad for breakfast a few times. I like the flexibility to eat what I want and to listen to my body and eat more when I’m hungry and less when I’m not.

There are certain foods that lend themselves to enjoyment at any time of day. Nuts, an amazing addition to your diet can be added to smoothies, salads, granola, soups and entrees to add creaminess, crunch, fat-soluble nutrients and delicious flavour.

Research has demonstrated that the regular consumption of nuts (1-2 oz per day):

  • reduces the risk of coronary artery disease;
  • reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and increases HDL cholesterol (the good kind); and 
  • reduces the risk of stroke, dementia and type-2 diabetes.

Roasted nuts contain acrylamides which may reduce their beneficial impact on your health. In contrast, raw, soaked nuts have increased antioxidants, phyochemicals and nutrient availability.

This 3-Melon Salad (p.291) from Becoming Raw is an excellent example of a flexible meal. I enjoyed it for lunch, but it would have made a wonderful addition to a spring brunch, a refreshing post-workout snack or a delightful dessert to follow a light summer dinner.

In addition to the benefits offered by the pecans, the melons provide plenty of potassium – helping to support muscle contraction for fewer training and stretching injuries. The melons also have an alkalizing effect on our bodies which promotes recovery and reduces our risk of disease. What could be better for our physical flexibility?

What foods do you consider the perfect addition to any meal?

What has been your most unusual breakfast menu?

Are their traditional meals from other cultures that you have adopted? I would love to get use to a basic miso soup for breakfast but I wake up craving fruit. Do you enjoy a savoury start to your day?


  1. Posted April 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I do enjoy savory foods in the morning on occasion. I went through a phase a number of years ago – I ate bean burritos for breakfast (this was before the fast food restaurants started promoting their versions of breakfast burritos). My roommates at the time thought I was weird. Sometimes I enjoy a simple bowl of brown rice, or an Indian dahl. One morning this week I enjoyed scrambled tofu, to which I added sliced scallions and some coconut jerky I learned about in Ani Phyo's book. In this case, I took the meat of a young thai coconut and coated it with an organic sesame teriyaki sauce, then dehydrated it for several hours. Good snack, and pretty good addition to my scrambled tofu. I still have mornings where I want a sweet taste, or just fruit, or a green juice.

  2. Posted April 16, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    I'm so glad to read this post! One of my 5 new year's resolutions is to eat more nuts, and so far I have mainly just been trying different flavours and eating a small handful a few days a week. I never knew you could add them to smoothies! Can you add any kind of nuts to smoothies (I know of course you COULD but I mean are there specific kinds of nuts you recommend that work well?).

    I also never thought of just adding them to soups or other mains so thank you. I actually find them so bland and dry just eating them by the handful so I would love to use them in different ways.

    Probably my most unusual breakfast would be leftovers like stir fries. Anytime we order in thai food I tend to end up eating that for breakfast the next day. 🙂

    A food I consider to be the perfect addition to any meal is avocado!!

    And yes, I do enjoy savoury breakfasts. French toast….mmm. But I try to have some kind of fruit as a side with every breakfast.

  3. Posted April 17, 2010 at 12:57 am

    I am still searching for the ideal breakfast! I don't have time to prepare anything in the morning so it has to be something that can hold overnight. I usually go with a raw fruit/nut smoothie but would love to figure out something savory and satisfying.

  4. Posted April 17, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Ali – here's a tip for a quick and savoury breakfast! On a weekend, make a big batch of waffles and then just freeze them! Then they're as handy and quick to heat up in the morning as toast!

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