I really enjoyed my breakfast this morning. It was super easy but super yummy and it made me feel alive. For cereal, I had All Bran, natural unsweetened yoghurt, blueberries and kiwis and to drink I made beetroot and watermelon juice by blending the fruits in the blender. It’s all really quick to make so I didn’t bother with assembly and preparation pictures, just the final thing before I wolfed it down. I have put the health benefits of a few of the components of this breakfast below.
I got these from Shoprite yesterday and they are relatively inexpensive. They sell them by weight and I got about 4 for N300. Beetroots are packed full of phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Fruits from the beet family do wonders for the nervous system, blood pressure, digestion, cancer prevention and detoxification. Rich in folate, manganese, fibre, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, iron and phosphorous . They are best eaten raw to preserve their natural goodness, although light cooking is alright, if you prefer.
This is a very important fruit, but because it is so familiar in our environment, it is easy to take for granted. Watermelon is part of a group called high-lycopene foods, and these foods are very important for cardiovascular health. Of course, it is packed full of vitamins A, B and C, but it also has more interesting benefits. Did you know that there is something in the way our kidneys process the amino acid Arginine from this fruit that has a similar blood flow promoting effect to the way Viagra helps men with erectile dysfunction? How fascinating… Finally, this fruit is over 90% water so is great for natural hydration and refreshment.
These, I got from Spar just off the Lekki Expressway. Kiwis are so full of Vitamin C, that they make oranges look like a joke, and we all tend to think of oranges as the kings of Vitamin C. These fruits are also full of flavenoids and carotenoids and phytonutrients that scientists believe to have DNA protecting qualities, and protect against things like respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and eye problems.
I love, love, love berries. Any berries. I got these from Shoprite and they were about N1,000 for a small punnet. Blueberries are great for the nervous system, cognitive health, and are low GI. They are incredibly rich in Vitamin K, which we often forget about but which helps your blood to clot normally, protects you from bone fractures, post menopausal bone loss, artery calcification and perhaps even liver and prostate cancer. If you get nose bleeds, gum bleeds, or heavy periods, it may be a sign that you need some more vitamin K in your body, and blueberries are a great way to get it, along with broccoli, asparagus, green beans, brussel sprouts, kale, and a few other veggies.
Yoghurt is one of my favourite things but I often see it bastardized by all sorts of disgusting flavours and colours on the shop shelves. I think it is a very Nigerian thing where unless it is made sickly sweet, people won’t touch it. It’s the same thing they do to tea, but that’s a rant for a different day. For me, yogurt is best eaten fresh, in its natural state, which is nice and tart. Yoghurt contains lactic acid, and good bacteria that helps your guy with digestion. Yoghurt is high in protein and helps with the absorption of other nutrients.
*Please note that I am not a doctor, and I am not giving anyone health advice. All this is, is just me researching the food I eat and sharing with you my findings*