What do you start your morning with? Coffee, tea, fresh juice, soft drinks? I had opportunity to ponder this question when Lucina, the gardener at our Heritage Garden, urgently pulled me away from my cup of coffee to go and photograph her fresh herbs and rocket, which she has grown on a vertical platform and pellets. Lucina was about to harvest some of the herbs for sale to a yoga class. As I walked through the wet garden, I grumbled about my cooling cup of coffee.
“You shouldn’t be drinking that,” she said. “You should start the day with something healthy like lemongrass tea with ginger.” In fact everything around me in the garden could be had for breakfast, Lucina said.
For the fruits – the papaya, sugar apple, guava, star fruit even the coconut would be great for breakfast. Mint, rosemary, chamomile, citronella, fennel, and thyme all make lovely teas. Indeed people have been making herbal teas for centuries first, for medicinal purposes, and later for enjoyment. They have become very popular now. I agreed with her, and even accepted some lemon grass. Because even I know the value of a good and healthy breakfast.Breakfast, we’ve been told is the most important meal of the day. Studies have shown for example that people who ate breakfast every day were a third less likely to be obese compared to those who skipped the meal. Skipping breakfast or eating poorly was also found to make people listless and irritable. In school, kids who ate breakfast were more likely to participate in physical activities.
But even more important is what you eat. With a little creativity, a delicious and nutritious breakfast meal is within reach. Fruits don’t need much. You just eat them. But for those who love smoothies, blending with your favourite yoghurt will add that extra deliciousness.
Maybe you could try Simon Cowell’s recipes for smoothies. The Idols, X Factor and America’s Got Talent fame executive producer, last year admitted to having healthy breakfasting eating habits. Talking to GQ magazine Mr. Cowell describes his breakfast routine, which included three different smoothies. His smoothie recipes include such things as bananas, spinach, lemon, freshly crushed garlic, carrots, green apple, celery, grapes, oranges, all manner of berries are included in the GQ interview here.
Most of the herbs for teas only need to be infused in hot water to give a good tea. For example putting a few sprigs of rosemary into a mug and adding hot water, then leaving to infuse for 15 minutes provides a hot revitalising tea that’s good for the brain. The very versatile lemon grass, which can be used for tea as well as aromatherapy is also made by simply infusing leaves in hot water. These can be iced if you do not like hot beverages in the morning.
Where do you find ingredients for your breakfast? A lot of the fruits are available from farmers and the market. You can also grow your own. If you are looking for herbs or seedlings to start off your own garden, and ultimately your health start to the day, try our Heritage Garden.