source) seems to make the morning feels healthy. I feel accomplished when I've already eaten something so healthy and good for me, and it gives me the energy to go into my day without being bothered by hunger until lunch time.
As I mentioned in this post, vegetables for breakfast was not something I even considered until a year ago. People give me funny looks when I tell them I had some rockin' greens before noon. But I can't deny that I feel better eating greens in the morning than eating a bowl of oatmeal or cereal. Even though the oatmeal should be more filling, it makes me unbearably hungry by 10:00. Strange, but that's just how my body works.
It may also surprise you to see an egg here in my recipe. I've been trying out eating eggs as a source of local protein in addition to locally made yogurt, cheese, and goat's milk. I slowly added them into my diet, and ate them in baked goods on occasion throughout the year, so when I had my first whole egg my belly accepted the protein fairly well. One thing that I'm having sort of a hard time figuring out is that ayurveda denotes the egg as being rajastic, or a food that over-stimulates and excites and can agitate the mind. I feel like I need a bit of stimulation and energy in my vigor right now, so I'm just going to play it by ear and listen to my body and see how things go.
Simple Kale Breakfast
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- 1 vidalia onion, diced
- 5 leaves of kale, pulled off their stem and chopped into small bite-sized pieces
- 1 handful of almonds, chopped
- 1 egg, cooked sunny-side up
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander
Spicy Kale Chips
- 1 bunch of kale, pulled off the stem and cut into strips no wider than palm-sized
- 1 tablespoon melted ghee
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ginger
- a couple grinds of freshly ground pepper
- 3 tablespoons grated cheese of your choice (I used goat's cheddar)
Kale Surprise Cookies (the surprise is that they taste good!)
- 1 cup brown rice flour
- 1 1/2 cups kale, cooked in 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1/4 cup combined raisins, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed combined with 3 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened plain yogurt (goat, cow, soy, almond, etc.)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
What's your favorite way to eat kale? Would you eat a kale cookie? I look forward to hearing your kale-tastic experiences!