The modern diet is full of man-made processed and packaged foods. These foods contain unnatural chemicals, refined sugars ,additive’s, preservatives, flavor enhancer’s and colours. On top of that, all these foods are lacking in the vital nutrients your body needs.
Even the fresh foods at your local supermarket are deficient in vital nutrients. Farmers spray their crops with man-made herbicides, and fungicides. These chemicals will end up in your body and can seriously hurt your health. Then there are the meats you buy in the supermarket. Most of these meats come from animals in overcrowded environments and are fed artificial feeds that contain growth hormones, steroid’s and antibiotics. All of these have been proven to cause serious harm to our bodies. This is why a diet in fresh organic wholefoods should always be the first option when searching to improve one’s health.
Why should we be eating Organic wholefoods?
Wholefoods are defined by the Oxford Dictionary of Food and Nutrition as foods that have been minimally refined or processed, and are eaten in their natural state. Organic Wholefoods are vibrant colors and still contain all their life giving nutrients that our bodies need to function and also to heal themselves.In general nothing is removed from, or added to, the foods in preparation.
In my opinion this makes them superior to refined and heavily processed foods as they still contain all the vitamins and minerals essential to optimal health and none of the harmful chemicals and additives that are found in refined and processed foods. Another huge benefit of eating organic whole plant foods is they contain Phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are found in plant foods and protect the plant against harmful factors such as bad bacteria and worms. Phytochemicals are also recognised by the American Heart Association to promote health and alleviate or prevent disease. Unfortunately, just like many vitamins and minerals, phytochemicals are easily destroyed by processing the food.
As you can see there are definitely some great advantages of eating organic. So why not give it a go.
There is a great organic food store on broadway in Glenelg or you can even order it online at simplyorganics.com.au and they can deliver it straight to your door.
Here are some great breakfast ideas to get you started:[box]
Organic Pancake Mix
One easy organic make-ahead is pancake mix. Using organic flour and eggs makes pancakes a healthier treat. To make your own instant pancake mix, take your favorite pancake recipe and double or triple all the dry ingredients, replacing as many conventional products as you can with organics.
You might also want to try replacing half of the white flour with organic whole wheat flour for a nuttier and more nutritious treat.
When you’re ready to cook, measure out half or a third (depending on how much you made) of your dry mix and add the wet ingredients the recipe calls for. This cuts down the time it takes to make pancakes, and using organic ingredients means you can feel better about them. Don’t forget to sprinkle organic fruit on top! [/box] [box]
One of the best organic breakfast recipes for busy cooks is organic granola. You can make it ahead of time and store it for weeks.
Start with a base of four to five cups of organic oats (not the instant kind). You’ll need about half a cup of organic honey and half a cup of organic apple juice for sweetness and as a binder. You can use less if you like, or omit the honey if you are vegan.
Add half a cup of any or all of the following:
- Bran flakes
- Other dried fruit
- Nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or a mixture
For things you might like a little less of in your granola, try a quarter cup instead:
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Wheat germ
Mix all ingredients together and put in a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and cook for about 45 minutes, until the oats are golden brown. Allow to cool and break up to store.
This is great as a cereal or served with yogurt. You could even try it over ice cream! [/box] [box]
The smoothie is a wonderful organic breakfast recipe. It takes less than a minute to make a good smoothie, and it’s packed with nutrients that will get your day started right.
Again, making a smoothie doesn’t involve a strict recipe; find out what your family likes and include that. Start with about a cup of ice, half a cup of organic milk or a container of organic yogurt, and an organic banana. Add a couple of handfuls of other fruit, such as strawberries, pineapple, peaches, or anything else that suits you.
Add honey if you like, or other nutritious additions like wheat germ, protein powder, even a slice of silken tofu. Or, try fruit juice instead of the dairy. Add all the ingredients to your blender and mix until smooth. [/box] [box]
Banana, Almond & Cinnamon Muffin
- 2 Cups Wholemeal Self Raising Flour
- ¼ cup reduced fat margarine, melted
- 150ml reduced fat milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 70g slivered almonds
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 30g slivered almonds to top muffins
Preheat oven to 180, (160 fan forced).
Sift flour into bowl. Mix margarine, milk and egg together and add to wholemeal self raising flour.
Carefully fold through golden syrup, mashed banana, almonds and cinnamon. Top muffins with extra almonds.
Place in muffin trays and fill the pan ¾ and cook for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. [/box]