Glorious Green Porridge

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One of the main staples of my nutritional platform is a warm thick hearty porridge that’s packed with nutrients, easily digestible, and a quick-fix in the kitchen.  For my money, a warm first meal of the day compliments the qi (pronounced chi) of the body and keeps energy moving in the right direction. It is similar to a hearty lumberjack meal in the Northwest, but with more bang for the buck. I give you:

Glorious Green Porridge: * self named

Ingredient list:

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  • Broccoli  1 cup
  • Kale -4 large leaves (lacinato kale preferable)
  • Zucchini    1 half diced
  • 1 or ½ avocado
  • 1 table spoon ghee butter
  • ½  to 1 teaspoon of sea salt
  • 3 table spoons of *soaked sunflower seeds
  • 1 table spoon of  NeoCell Collagen powder or Upgraded Collagen

Hardware:

  • Pan with lid
  • High End blender : Vitamix, Blentech, Nutribullet, each will work nicely.

 

Step 1:

Throw ½ inch of filtered water in a large pan with a lid, heat to high so the water is bubbling and steaming, and toss your greens in for 4 minutes (kale, broccoli, zucchini). Drain water after cooked. * tell you why in a moment

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Step:2

Add to the blender 2 table spoons of soaked seeds, 1 table spoon of grass fed ghee, sea salt, 1 scoop of collagen powder and 1 half an avocado.

Step:3

Now place just 1/8 to 1/4 to inch of water to the bottom of the blender, add the steamed greens and blend till the puree is thick and hearty.  Approx 30 to 60 seconds.  As I said before, err on the side of too little water. You want this meal to be very thick and satiating.

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My friend, You are done! 

Step: 4 Thou shalt blend as briefly as possible and consume within 2-3 hours of complettion.

*When we blend foods, oxygen mixes with the food particles. This process creates oxidation (big time) meaning that each particle of food becomes exposed to oxygen, which contributes to destroying the nutritional value.

There are many reasons why I love this meal. Now that you are set up with the fool-proof instructions, you are setting up the intention for an amazing day. Here is why: 

Fatty Fatty:  A dish packed with healthy fats and the best quality of fats.  These fats, especially from the butter are packed with healthy omega 3’s and act as anti-inflammatories in the body. They lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and boost the good (HDL).  The fats in this meal from the butter and monosaturated fats in the avocado also act as a transport for vitamins and minerals across the cell wall.

Anti Cancer: In addition, the grass fed butter is loaded with Butyrate, a powerful short chain fatty acid. Butyrates are an important food for cells lining the mammalian colon (colonocytes). Without butyrates for energy, colon cells undergo autophagy (self digestion) and die.  Butyrate possesses both preventive and therapeutic potential to counteract inflammation-mediated ulcerative colitis (UC) and colorectal cancer. A butt filled with butter is a healthy butt……as I have always said. (1) (2)

Arthritis Fighter: The collagen protein I have included is a big missing piece of the puzzle in the American diet.  It’s the vital fuel and building blocks for tendons, ligaments, and joints.  If we ate the whole of the animals in our food supply or took the ritualistic time to make bone-broth stews….. we would be getting this on a daily basis.  However, as you and I know, very few of us have the time to boil down a chicken, cow or fish to get these vital nutrients that our ancestors grew strong on. The brand I love that’s on Amazon is called Neocell or Great Lakes Collagen Protein. It’s affordable, free shipping with Amazon Prime (get into it)  and a great company.  It’s also tasteless and stable in hot liquids.

Wrinkle Fighter and Fingernails fortifier

Side note* most clients that have incorporated this into their diet experience very fast hair/finger nail growth, glowing skin, fewer aches and pains, and better flexibility. Personally, I notice much less muscle soreness and greater range of motion in all aspects of my movement patterns. And yes…I have less wrinkles than ever. Here’s a study from PubMed which supports my personal outcomes and efficacy. (3)

 

Taking out the trash: The reason I steam the greens and soak the nuts is to remove all the bad things nature has placed inside some of our food sources including oxalic acid, phytic acid and lectins.  These can bind with minerals and excrete them from the body, causing an anti-nutrient effect. Oxalic acid on the other hand can increase symptoms of arthritis and decrease thyroid function, so I have found it’s best to steam and dump the water.(4) Steaming your greens for 4 minutes and dumping the water puts a great control on these levels of anti-nutrients into your diet.

Taking care of your nuts:On the same note, soaking any seeds or nuts you are eating will increase their nutritional value and remove the phytic acid inside these gems of protein. Phytic acid is the storage of phosphorous inside veggies and seeds as well as in the hull of many grains.  Although herbivores like cows and sheep can digest phytic acid, humans can’t. This is bad news because phytic acid binds to minerals (especially iron and zinc) in food and prevents us from absorbing them. Studies suggest that we absorb approximately 20 percent more zinc and 60 percent more magnesium from our food when phytic acid is absent. Bam.(5) In addition soaking the seeds makes this dish all that more digestible for folks dealing with ibs.

Soaking your nuts (ha ha ha) is very easy to do and it will really increase the amount of energy your human machine can pull from these little guys. Again, personally I notice less bloating and a better pick-me-up effect after eating nuts prepared this way.  I’ve included a little demonstrational video from Youtube (she seems to be right on the mark),  yet even a little soaking is better than no soaking at all. SOAKING SEED AND NUT DEMO

Now I know one thing that is frustrating about food in the news is that every other day we hear how something is bad for you, it’s the cause or cure from cancer, or it’s proceeds are fueling the sex trade in Russia.
The fact is that everything is bad for you if the prescribed amount is incorrect.
 People have died in contests of who could drink the most water on radio shows, and yes people have died eating hot dogs (shocking).  My point is this: Take all the screaming warnings with a grain of salt. Know by taking an interest in your food and making the choice to do some research you are empowering your life. Incorporate what you can.  You are taking health into your own hands and becoming a participant in your own own improvement.
You are going to love Glorious Green Porridge and I promise your body will thank you for the effort put into this meal.  Prep time is less than 15mins. I have it down to about 8 mins, but it’s great in a hurry and even better to-go in a travel cup.  This dish is perfect for anyone who wishes to step up their game and even those dealing with digestive issues and falls under specific carb diet guidelines.

Freddie, Set, go!

 

References:

1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215354/

2.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17973645

3.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12837047

4.http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/oxalates/

5.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2998440

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