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?