What should I eat for breakfast?
In Chinese medicine, breakfast is a meal that should be easy to digest, warm and packed with gut-friendly nutrients.
Cold foods tend to shut down our digestive system, and heavy, greasy foods tend to slow us down and make us tired.
“𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 & 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮 𝘢 𝘺𝘪𝘯-𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘱, 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘺𝘪𝘯 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘶𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘺𝘢𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘭. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴; 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘥𝘳𝘺𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘯 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘣𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯.” [Chinese Natural Cures, Henry C. IU]
One of the easiest meals to prep and eat for breakfast is called ‘congee.’ It is basically a rice porridge 🥣
White rice is neutral; sweet; used for an energy tonic, and directly affects the Spleen/Stomach. Fantastic to help the body recover from illness if digestion is imbalanced and if you tend towards having no appetite in the morning.
〰️ 1 cup rice
〰️ 6-7 cups water or chicken broth
Additions to add (choose a few):
〰️ poached egg
〰️ tamari (soy sauce or coconut aminos)
〰️ sliced green onion or fresh cilantro
〰️ salt and pepper
〰️ other ideas: kimchi, bacon or chunks
of meat, bee pollen, bean sprouts, sautéed organic mushrooms
1. Rinse your rice in a mesh strainer until water runs almost clear. Next, place in a large pot with 6 cups of broth or water.
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for at least 60 minutes, stirring regularly until the rice has broken down and the texture is similar to porridge. If it seems thick, add more broth/water.
3. Scoop into bowls and add your toppings.
4. Store leftovers in the refrigerator, and use them within a few days.