I have recently introduced soup for breakfast as part of my healthy eating plan and as a way to include as many nutrients in my day as possible. Type 1 can cause many complications and for me one of them includes my bodies inability to absorb nutrients as it should. Obviously I need to give it the best chance by considering the nutritional value of foods at every meal. I had been eating a a breakfast consisting of Almond milk (no sugar) over crushed almonds, pepitas, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts, coconut flakes, coconut oil and cinnamon. It was delicious. The problem was it was becoming a habit and so too were my stomach issues. I knew that this meal was a little hard on my digestive system (Type 1 can affect digestion) but it was quick, easy and full of goodness. I am a creature of habit during the Winter but the time had come to get my shit together and live a little dangerously! So began my search for a breakfast that would taste good, be quick and easy as well as contain optimal nutrients to give my body the goodness it deserves.
I have always struggled with eating meat though have persevered over the last few years due to iron levels etc. The smell, taste and look of meat turns me off and I feel sorry for the animals. I had been reading a lot about Broth and its amazing health benefits. According to an old South American proverb, "good broth will resurrect the dead." I love a good proverb and if broth can resurrect the dead then surely it can kick a little Type 1 arse. However, let me just say that I am not at the stage of making my own broth. The thought and smell of it makes me gag! Thanks to a little health food revolution I was able to purchase a good quality organic broth from my local store. Praise the Lord! (and the South Americans). So here is my Winter breakfast which has helped my stomach issues and provided me with a little extra bounce in my day!
Chop/dice 1 onion, a couple of garlic cloves and a little ginger.
Add olive oil to a large saucepan and fry onion, garlic and ginger for a couple of minutes.
Add 1litre of broth (I use beef broth) and bring to a gentle boil.
Chop up any greens you have in the fridge. I use kale, silver beet, chard, spinach, zucchini, celery and whatever else I can find. Add this to the saucepan once the broth starts to show a gentle boil. Stir through. (The amount is up to you. If I chop too much I just add a little extra water at the end).
Add a dash of cayenne pepper and turmeric and bring to a gentle boil. Put lid on and simmer for a couple minutes.
It doesn't require much cooking as the broth has already been cooked so its more to soften the greens which only requires at most a couple of minutes.
Turn off and let sit. Once cooled I use a hand blender to blend it up a little. I still like chunks so only dip the blender in and out of the soup. Add a little salt and pepper.
When you are ready to eat heat the soup. Fry an egg and chop it up in to small pieces. Add to your bowl of soup as you would croutons. Top with chunks of avocado. (The avo is beautiful as it warms slightly when in the soup and tastes delicious). Add a little more salt and pepper if needed.
This whole process takes about 10 minutes and last for 4 days.