Tofu, Rice, and Spinach. Breakfast?

tofu rice

Tofu, rice, spinach, mushrooms, and onions for breakfast? Absolutely! This is a huge difference from my former typical diet of fast food sausage, cheese, eggs, biscuits, and hash browns. Usually topped off with a cinnamon roll of some sort! After all, I needed to get in all of my food groups – fat, salt, and sugar. Ugh.

In 1995, I taught English in South Korea. One week was spent at a children’s summer camp in the woods so meals were served community style. I was shocked at the time to see the breakfast menu. Rice, vegetables, and mushrooms. I didn’t eat. My mind was so ingrained in the Standard American Diet (SAD) that I couldn’t even conceive of these foods as breakfast food!

I wasn’t eating so I ended up getting sick and having to leave camp early. The first thing I did when I got back into town was to head to the US military base bowling alley and order a pizza, cheeseburger, and some fries. I instantly felt better which meant I was eating the right thing, right? Ha!

Something Dr. Joel Fuhrman recently said that I wish I had heard back then. He said

When you eat broccoli, you don’t feel differently, you feel the same. If you are eating something that instantly makes you feel better, you are using food as a drug.

Even back then I was using food as a drug. I am so thankful that my taste buds have matured and I am willing to try so many new things, at different times of the day.

Why this bowl is great for breakfast:

1) It is nutritionally complete. Protein in the tofu; Vit K, A, manganese, folate, and iron in the spinach;  potassium, phosphorous, antioxidants in mushrooms;  and manganese, magnesium, and selenium in the brown rice. Good stuff.

2) It is filling. This bowl has an entire bag of spinach in it! That is a lot of fiber which is very satisfying.

3) It actually tastes great for breakfast. You want to start the day with something hearty. While it definitely takes some time to want to eat this for breakfast (it took me about 2 months) your taste buds change and you start to want to eat for nutrition instead of for “well that is what I am SUPPOSED to have for breakfast.”

So maybe you are not there yet. Maybe you feel like you need a bowl of cereal, or some toast with fruit spread when you first wake up. That’s fine, but if you make the switch to eating a lot of fresh fruits and and vegetables and limiting sugar, salt, and avoiding fats, you might be surprised how quickly things change. ~Amanda Rae