To start a warm lemon juice drink.
Fig.1b Starting the day with a warm lemon juice drink, lemon juice as we know, has an alkalising effect on the body and that combined with the warm water is a very gentle cleansing cycle to begin the day with. My method is to fill a thermos with 2 cups of warm filtered water, (I have a Wellness water filter see Wellness Water Filter). Add the juice of one lemon, or as I do to save time and effort, when I purchase a bag of lemons I juice enough of them to fill up 1 or 2 ice trays, if you have an ice tray with a lid, then that is good, if you don't just empty them the next day into a plastic container with a lid, and then just add one ice cube to your thermos of warm water, or if you'd like to do the same during the day or add to your water bottle, then you may need to get a tray that has small blocks of ice so they will easily fit into your water bottle.
Anyway this gives me two large mugs which I slowly drink on my balcony listening to the noises of the morning. Now I am ready for that wonderful yummy breakfast that I spent 3 minutes preparing the night before.
Fig.1a Is my new method is where I grow 5 trays of wheat grass & juice them all together then mix with the lemon & honey.
The advantages of doing this are largely two fold.
· One it means that in the morning, when time is short, your breakfast is ready to go, zero preparation required,
· but more importantly, the soaking process combined with the yogurt, pre-digests the dried fruit and oats making all these beautiful substances much easier for your body to assimilate ie digest. 3 of the ingredients are whole seeds e.g. Chia, Quinoa and Chickpea, the seeds start to germinate and are ready to eat becoming again much more digestible.
It is a two-day cycle every evening you add the Yoghurt to what has been soaking overnight and during the day in the fridge, this way your meal is ready to eat straight away and has risen to room temperature during the evening. At the same time you have washed the container from that mornings breakfast to which you add the new ingredients and return it to the fridge, or as I do just eat from the container and have 2 containers rotating. Fig.5
The Dry Ingredients.
2a:- 1/3 cup(100ml) of fine rolled oats, the oats I use are the Demeter brand which is organic.
2b:- small hand full of diced dates & black currants pre-mixed. Getting diced dates is a must, chopping them yourself is time consuming, see below. You can now purchase sun-dried Black currants at the supermarket which is what I do.
2c:- I also add one or 1 dessertspoons of un-sprouted chick peas.
2d:- 1 dessert spoon full of Quinoa seed (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain; it is related to the spinach family, but tastes like a grain.
2e:- 3 organic prunes.
2f:- 1 dessertspoons of Chia seedsas.
2g:- I also add some course ground almonds which you can do each time or do enough for a week & store in the fridge.
2h:- 1 dessert spoon of ground Linseed(Flax), Chia seed, Slippery elm which has been premixed and stored in the fridge.
· I then add a small amount of prune juice,
· and then extra liquid in the form of dark grape juice.
The next evening I add a couple of dessertspoons of Omega-3 Magic that I have already premixed please see Omega 3 Magic, if you do not wish to make this up then just use yoghurt, I use the Jalna biodynamic full cream yogurt which also contains honey.
Some of the benefits of the individual components.
· Oats:- high in Manganese, Selenium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Zinc, dietary fiber.
· Blackcurrant:- rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals. Renowned for their high content in Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant), GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid, a very rare Omega-6 essential fatty acid) and potassium. They have been shown to have twice the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin C of oranges, and twice the antioxidants of blueberries.
· Linseed/Flaxseed:- one of the richest sources of omega 3 acids. The consumption of flaxseed is associated with a reduction in total cholesterol, including the LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides. High in both soluble and insoluble fiber. One ounce of flax provides 32% of the USDA’s reference daily intake of fiber. Flax promotes regular bowel movements because it is high in insoluble fiber. I use organic Linseed (see our seed section). With the Linseed there seems to be three varieties golden brown, dark brown and very dark brown, I find the dark brown to have the nicest flavour.
· Chia seed:- are also rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, boron, and copper. They have the highest natural percentage of alpha-linolenic acid or omega 3 – up to 64%. The oil also contains omega 6 essential fatty acids, and has an omega 3 to omega 6 ratio of 3:2.
· Slippery Elm:- highly nutritive and healing for all inflammatory conditions of the stomach, intestines, colon, and urinary organs, it is also rich in nutrients, it can be taken as a beverage or gruel for babies, the elderly or those suffering from stomach problems.
· Quinoa seed:- gluten-free, one of the most complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc, and easily digestible.
· Chickpea seed:- are low in fat, high in soluble fibre and rich in immune boosting Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, and Folate. Chickpeas also contain vitamin E, potassium, iron, manganese, copper, zinc and calcium.
· Dates:- contain a variety of B-complex vitamins – thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 and pantothenic acid. Dates also contain Magnesium which is essential for healthy bone development and for energy metabolism, also high in Iron which is essential to red blood cell production. In addition, Dates are fat and cholesterol free and one of the best natural sources of Potassium.
· Prunes:- Prunes are a good source of vitamin A and vitamin K, potassium, copper, boron and magnesium. Osteoporosis is common among people over 50 years of age, and many people suffer bone fractures due to this condition....however recent studies have shown that post-menopausal women who ate 12 prunes a day were less likely to suffer from the disease, with stronger skeletal health.
· Dark Grape juice:- rich in health-protecting antioxidants, including resveratrol and flavonoids.