This week, Matt Swaim of Sonrise Morning Show/Sacred Heart Radio, chatted with me about what makes a good breakfast and how what we eat today compares with the Bible breakfast during Jesus’ time. Here’s some fun information:
Exodus 16: When the dew evaporates in the morning, there’s the manna, ready for breakfast!
John 21, when Jesus cooks fish breakfast for Peter on the beach and says “Simon do you love me”
And then there’s Ecclesiastes 10:16-7, which condemns the King and his princes for starting their parties at breakfast time, and using them as occasions for drunkenness and not as a way to strengthen themselves for work or battle:
“Bible diet” is all the rage now.
People back in Jesus’ time ate a mostly plant-based, clean diet. In that region of the world, lentils, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dates, nuts and fish were all quite popular.
It’s also called the Mediterranean diet and consists of lots of whole foods or foods simply cooked, lots of fresh produce, legumes, nuts and herbs. Basically, it’s eating what Jesus and people of his day ate.
We are supposed to “break the fast”/eat breakfast about 12 hours after the last meal. Did people of Bible times adhere to that?
We think they did, and they ate breakfast very early to have energy all day. For breakfast, a common person might have eaten bread, which was eaten at every meal, cheese, yogurt, dates and olives.
Many ate most of their food raw, which also bestows additional health benefits. The additional chewing that raw food requires burns additional calories.
BIBLE BREAKFAST IN A GLASS TO GO
This can be assembled in minutes and is a great way to start the day. Put in disposable cups with lids as a to-go breakfast in the car or at work.
Easy peasy:No stove required!
Layer in a glass:
1/4 cup each granola and yogurt
1/2 cup chopped fruit
1/4 cup yogurt
More fruit, nuts and drizzle of honey
EGG IN A BASKET (OR NEST)So easy and kids love this.
- 1 slice of bread, whole wheat, white or your favorite
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Use a 2” cookie cutter to cut a hole in the bread. A small glass will do, also.
- Heat skillet on medium and add butter. When it starts to foam, place bread in pan. Pour whole egg into the hole.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes or so, until bread is golden brown on the bottom and egg is starting to set.
- Carefully flip over and cook until egg is cooked over-easy, with some yolk remaining. Transfer to plate and serve.
- If you like, toast the circle you removed from the bread with the egg in the pan.
SMOOTHIE FREEZER PACKS
Thanks to the “loyal listener” who shared this recipe. I love it!
We like the frozen mixed berry fruit. But you use what you like.Chunk up a banana and add to the fruit for an extra boost of potassium. Make sure the banana is real ripe (skin is cheetah spotted) for sweetness.
Frozen fruit (or freeze your own fresh) – about 8 cups or so or however much you have
2 Bananas, sliced
1/2 cup rolled oats – minute or instant are best
Good add ins: sliced almonds, flax seed
Divide ingredients among quart size freezer bags. Put about 1 cup in each bag.Smoosh air out and stack in freezer.
To use: 1 bag plus 1 cup favorite liquid in a blender.
Blend and if necessary, sweeten with a bit of honey or agave nectar.
(If you use a real ripe banana smoothie is usually sweet enough)Enjoy!
FRIED EGG WRAPPED IN TORTILLA
Nice for the little ones in the car.Really, no recipe needed. Just fry an egg so that the yolk is set and not runny.Place on top of whole grain flour tortilla. Top with a few thin slices of cheese (optional)Roll up, turning edges in, and eat on the go!