Winter Vitality Board – gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and clean.
I love a slow breakfast on the weekend. Especially in Winter when I crave comfort foods. As much as I love my comfort food, I still crave something fresh and full of live enzymes so I created my very own Winter Breakfast Board that incorporates fresh AND comfort food all in one go. The freshness comes from the green smoothie shot which you start your breakfast with. It’s important to eat food that is “alive” (ie not cooked). It’s good for digestion as the enzymes help break down the cooked food thus creating better nutrient absorption. Better nutrient absorption and better digestion = a healthier body.
I’ve used test tubes that I’ve found in variety bargain stores, usually in the craft section. Amuse the kids (and get them more inclined to drink a green smoothie) by putting your smoothies into mini test tubes. Make the smoothie sweeter by adding honey or maple syrup.
No Winter breakfast is complete without a cup of something hot. I’ve added matcha tea which is so much better than coffee. It wakes you up and keeps you alert yet calm without the jittery feeling that coffee gives you. It’s detoxifying as well. I drink matcha tea almost every day during Winter and in the Summer months I mix it into my smoothies. I’ve been known to get into some focused cleaning frenzies after a decent hit of matcha and I have to say, after I ate and drank my way through my Winter Vitality Board, I was in top form and ready to take on the world.
This Winter Vitality Board great if you have time on the weekend to share with friends or family for breakfast or even brunch.
To make the ingredients more kid friendly, simply alter or omit according to what your family likes. It’s quite versatile and everyone can help themselves.
I’ve included my Healthy Gluten Free Sandwich Bread and Healthy Gluten Free Crackers on this board, but you can use any type of bread or crackers you want. After you’ve made your way through your breakfast, you can finish off with a chilled fresh slice of orange. I love eating oranges in Winter. The’re so juicy, fresh and thirst quenching and it’s nice for your taste buds to end on a fresh note.
This is not hard to put together. I’ve included a quick tomato + red onion relish with warming spices of cumin and turmeric plus a little cayenne pepper. There’s no sugar in this relish though, so it’s probably more of a chunky sauce than anything. You can add fresh chilli or you can omit the heat factor altogether. To save time, I’ve used tomato paste and this adds a little something to the board. Otherwise, feel free to use whatever relish or dip you desire.
I’ve also added hommus as it’s a dip that everyone likes including kids. You can purchase hommus or if you have the time, you can make it fresh from my own Hommus recipe or for a chickpea free dip, try my Roast Pumpkin Hommus dip. Otherwise use any other type of dip that you prefer.
I hope you enjoy.
With love & gratitude,
Why this is so good for you
Free range eggs are high in protein (which helps you keep full) and most of the nutrients are found in the yolk. Eggs help prevent macular degeneration and prevent cataracts, blood clots, stroke, heart disease and breast cancer; promote the growth of healthy hair and nails; and aid in the brain development of a growing foetus.
Spinach improves skin health, eases constipation, flushes toxins from the colon, builds strong bones, improves eyesight, protects against breast cancer, reduces risk of ovarian cancer and protects your brain function from premature ageing.
Bananas help combat depression, build strong bones, strengthen the nervous system, protect against type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, strengthen your blood, help regulate bowel movement, provide relief from acid reflux and heartburn and help prevent kidney cancer.
Apples reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, protect against lung cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic and colorectal cancer, reduce the risk of diabetes, help prevent gallstones, help relieve constipation and diarrhea, detoxify the liver, strengthen the immune system, reduce the risk of developing cataracts, increase cardiovascular health, reduce the risk of asthma.
Tomatoes aid in the prevention of prostate cancer, reduce the risk of stroke, protect against loss of muscle mass, preserve bone mineral density, reduce the formation of kidney stones and keep bowel movements regular.
Onions strengthen the immune system, help regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, help prevent cancer and reduce the risk of gastric ulcers.
Chickpeas boost energy, stabilise blood sugar, lower the risk of heart attack, reduce risk of colon cancer, reduce risk of type 2 diabetes and support strong bones.
Matcha green tea powder increases mental alertness and clarity, increases immune strength, detoxifies the body, releases a sustained boost of energy (over 6 – 8 hours compared to coffee’s 30 minute quick boost), helps prevent and treat bacterial, fungal and viral infections, controls stress levels, reduces the risk of cancer, reduces the risk of diabetes, maintains cardiovascular health and helps maintain weight.
Oranges help fight against skin, lung, breast & colon cancers, help prevent kidney disease, help prevent heart disease, fight against viral infections, relieve constipation, help prevent macular degeneration and help prevent ageing.
- 4 eggs, free range or organic
- Handful of baby spinach leaves
- Slices of gluten free bread
- Steamed baby beetroot
- 1 large navel orange, quartered
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 cup no salt added tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Himalayan salt + Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- 1 very ripe banana, sliced
- 1/2 an apple, sliced
- Small handful of baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup water
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder (leave out if giving to children)
- Boil the eggs for 6 minutes. Remove and cool immediately in pan with cold water. Peel very carefully. (For fully set yolk, cook for 10 minutes).
- Finely chop onion, heat pan on low and cook onion till soft and translucent.
- Add the garlic, cumin and turmeric and optional cayenne pepper and cook for 1 - 2 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste and water. Cover and simmer for 5 - 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend till smooth. Divide between test tubes (or small glasses if you don't have any test tubes).
- Assemble your board how you please and add any extra ingredients you like.