My Favorite Breakfast

For years, my typical breakfast was a bowl of cereal with milk. I branched out some when I realized I needed more fruits and vegetables in my diet. Then, a month of dairy-free eating caused me to try something I was sure I wouldn’t like: chia pudding.

Chia pudding is made with coconut milk, and I don’t like coconut.

But I was pleasantly surprised! I did like it! Chia pudding is so good! It’s better than yogurt. (Scroll down for my recipe.)

My favorite breakfast now consists of about half a cup of chia pudding with about two cups of fruit.  This morning’s treat features 1/2 cup of kiwi, 1/2 cup of pineapple, and 1 cup of blueberries.

What’s YOUR favorite breakfast?


Chia pudding

Add 1/2 cup of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of maple syrup to 14 ounces of coconut milk. Whisk all together and refrigerate for several hours before serving. Add fresh fruit and enjoy!

Honey-Lime Fruit Toss

This delicious fruit salad provides lots of vitamins and digestive enzymes, and it’s also beautiful, don’t you agree??

Honey-Lime Fruit TossHoney-Lime Fruit Toss

  • 1 1/2 cups (or 20 oz. can) pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup (or 11 oz. can) mandarin oranges
  • 2 small ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 2 kiwi fruits, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 tsp. grated lime peel
  • juice of 1 lime (about 2 Tbsp.)
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey

Drain pineapple chunks, reserving 1/4 cup pineapple juice for dressing.   Drain mandarin oranges.   Combine fruits (first five ingredients) in mixing bowl; set aside.   Combine last four ingredients and pour over fruit.   Chill and serve. 

Suggestion:  Double the recipe.  Make the yumminess last as long as possible!

Vitamin B Complex

Just what is the Vitamin B complex?  The vitamin B-complex refers to all of the known essential water-soluble vitamins except for vitamin C:  thiamine (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacin (Vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), biotin, folic acid, and cobalamin (Vitamin B12).

I’ve been gleaning as much nutrition information as I can from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions.  Here are some excerpts about B vitamins and their importance to our overall health:

Nourishing Traditions, Sally FallonDark green, leafy vegetables, such as spinach, chard and beet greens contain abundant vitamins and minerals, particularly B vitamins, calcium and trace minerals, and should be included in the diet on a regular basis-at least once or twice a week.

Pineapple is high in fiber and contains carotenoids, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C.

Deficiency of the B vitamin complex can result in the enlargement and malfunction of almost every organ and gland in the body.

If you aren’t sure your diet includes a sufficient quantity of these very important B vitamins, consider supplementing with Beeyoutiful’s B-BetterB-Better contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, folic acid, and pantothenic acid.  Click on the links or the picture below for complete nutrition facts.  B-Better

Digestive Enzymes

Did you know that every time you eat, enzymes go to work to break down the food you eat so that your body can use the nutrients in your food?  Did you know that when your diet includes foods that are high in enzymes, you are sparing your pancreas from having to continually manufacture enzymes?  If you answered, “yes,” you know more than I did before I started reading Nourishing Traditions!

Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon

I’ve recently learned that eating enzyme-rich foods ought to be a part of my diet.  The enzymes in raw food help to start the digestion process and reduce the body’s need to produce digestive enzymes.  When my diet is composed primarily of cooked food, I’m putting a severe strain on my pancreas.

Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions writes,

If the pancreas is constantly overstimulated to produce enzymes that ought to be in foods, the result over time will be inhibited function.  Humans eating an enzyme-poor diet, composed primarily of cooked food, use up a tremendous amount of their enzyme potential in the outpouring of secretions from the pancreas and other digestive organs.

So, what are enzyme-rich foods?  The ones I’m attempting to add to my diet are extra virgin olive oil, raw honey, grapes, bananas, and pineapple.  I’m also supplementing with Beeyoutiful’s Digestive Enzyme.

Digestive Enzyme contains betaine HCl (from beets and molasses), pancreatin, amylase, protease, lipase, papain, cellulose, ox bile extract, bromelain (from pineapple), and papaya powder.

I’d love to hear from you if you have something to share about moving from an enzyme-poor diet to an enzyme-rich one!  What raw foods do you eat?  I can’t wait to read your comments!

Natural Anti-Inflammatory: Bromelain

Bromelain (blog)Did you spot this product in my Beeyoutiful pantry yesterday?  (I’m visualizing Where’s Waldo fans revisiting yesterday’s post to find it!)  Well, I’ll just tell you it was tucked in between the Tummy Tuneup and the CoQ10.  And it really doesn’t matter where it is in my pantry.  If you’re dealing with inflammation from a sports injury or trauma or even arthritis, you might just want to add some Bromelain to your pantry.

Bromelain is naturally found in pineapple, and it works by blocking metabolites that accelerate and worsen the inflammatory process.

Bromelain is a group of powerful protein-digesting enzymes which block the body’s production of compounds that cause swelling and pain.  Once inflammation is reduced, blood can move more easily to a traumatized or irritated area to ease pain and speed healing.

Click here to order Bromelain

Important:  Because bromelain breaks down fibrin, a blood-clotting protein that can impede blood circulation, individuals on blood-thinning medication or with bleeding disorders, high blood pressure, liver disease, or kidney disease should contact their healthcare provider before taking bromelain.  Bromelain should not be taken with tetracycline or by individuals who are allergic to pineapple.