Morning Rituals

We all have our morning rituals, mine is making a cup of tea to greet the day.  I wish I could say it was green tea which has wonderful health benefits as it is super good for your skin, doesn’t raise your cortisol levels like coffee, and is full of antioxidants. I do have green tea that I have recently purchased, it’s the first stage in the process of changing a habit; and I do in the future want to make more virtuous choices to start the day off with.

However, this morning it was normal tea and I enjoyed it,  I like to have a good fifteen minutes of what I call coming to; I’m not one of those jumping out of bed kind of people, rushing first thing in the morning is not my way of starting the day. I start slowly, I will use the word ‘mindfully’ as this morning I stood in the kitchen looking out into the mud patch that is slowly turning into a garden and saw the herb garden that was planted at the weekend. I can’t wait to cook a meal and wander out and collect the vegetables and herbs that are required. It has been back breaking work getting this far with the garden, and I know that it will be worth it as I love the idea that is slowly turning into a reality of growing my own herbs and vegetables, of tasting food that I have grown.

Breakfast for me is always a ritual, I love my breakfast, I soak organic, rolled porridge oats in coconut milk overnight in the fridge, in the morning I may add in blueberries, raspberries and a small banana. I enjoy taking the time to eat knowing the fact this is a good choice.

Oats provide magnesium, fibre, plant-based protein, potassium, and they contain absolutely no sugar. Soaking them overnight allows the starches to break down which improves digestibility and their natural phytic acid (which all plants contain) is greatly reduced making it easier for the body to absorb.

Coconut milk contains lauric acid which is a beneficial fat, that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy and is antibacterial, it also has antimocrobial lips and capric acid which have antifungal and antiviral properties.

A banana is rich in tryptophan which converts into serotonin (happy – mood brain neurotransmitters), antioxidants, potassium, plenty of fibre that helps keep everything regular alongside this it acts as a prebiotic improving friendly bacteria in the bowel.

Blueberries are rich in phytonutrients, full of antioxidants, excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese and a good source of dietary fiber, plus they boost your immune system and I just love the colour.

Raspberries are also great antioxidants, high in fibre, and a wonderful source of vitamin C, manganese, B vitamins 1–3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron.

Coconut milk, oats and bananas together have been linked to an improved mood, and I am all for that. My morning rituals have set me up for the day I just have to work now on changing my tea habit!