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Cooking with the Munky Breakfast for a Month – Egyptian Wheat Porridge (Beleela)

Posted by politicalmonkey2010 on October 16, 2011

Mama used to say breakfast was the most important meal of the day…and she was/is right! This afternoon I made breakfast for the month.

Studies have study has shown a link between nutrition and cognitive development in children.   Children who participated in the School Breakfast Program were shown to have significantly higher standardized achievement test scores than eligible non-participants.  (Of course keep electing those people from the Tea Party and GOP and we won’t have Breakfast Programs for children…but I digress).  For those of us who are not children Researchers from the National Weight Control Registry, a database of more than 3,000 people who have lost at least 60 pounds and kept it off for an average of 6 years, found that eating breakfast every day was a weight control strategy for 78% of the people in the registry. People who kept off weight long-term also reported eating a low-fat diet and exercising for an hour or more each day.

Overnight the body’s motor slows down so you can sleep. Breakfast gets it going again. By not eating breakfast, you run your motor on empty, because you haven’t switched on the motor correctly. The body trying to conserve the energy it has – and as far as the body knows, it is entering starvation mode, and needs to conserve all the spare energy it has in store. It doesn’t have the mechanism to understand that you chose to start your engines without topping up the fuel tank. By not eating breakfast regularly, the reduction in metabolism can cause an increase of 3kg / year.

I am also a believer in Dr. Oz’s idea if what you are eating doesn’t look like it did in nature then don’t eat it. (Of course there are exceptions…like cheesecake for example, cupcakes, snicker’s bars – do you see where I am going with this?)

Wheat looks like this:

Not like this:

Long before Kellogg’s Cereals  and others perverted wheat it used to be good for us.  The body needs carbohydrates.  The body also needs fiber.  Wheat is perfect.

Munky’s Wheaty Breakfast

Ingredients:  Wheat – that’s it, just wheat.  Here is the tricky part for those of you in the US, I don’t know if I have ever seen just wheat kernals sold in the store.  I imagine some place like Whole Foods would have it.  In Egypt you can buy just wheat, not processed at all, or you can buy Beleela which the outshell is removed.  Either wheat is perfectly acceptable for breakfast.   If the out hull is removed it has a creamier texture when cooked, it comes down to a personal preference.

Method:  Rinse the wheat removing any little stones etc and soak over night, the wheat will swell in size.  Rinse again until the water runs clear, cover the wheat with water  and boil until the kernels are tender.  Do NOT let it boil dry.  Depending on the type of wheat, with or without the out shell/hull it will take any where from 45 minutes to an hour or more.  Periodically pull out a kernel and taste it, it should be soft, not mushy, but soft, cooked.  When cooked pour the wheat thru a strainer to and rinse with water.  Give it 15 or 20 minutes to sit in the strainer so all the water is drained off, this way when you freeze them they are not one solid ice block.  Put in freezer bags and toss into the freezer.  I pull one out a week, let it thaw over night in the refrigerator ( or if you forget and are in a hurry you can just run water over them in a strainer and in about 2 minutes you have cereal)

Dressing Up Your Wheat

I’m all for natural wholesome food, but I need a little zip too!

In the mood for something warm on a brisk morning?  Heat up your beleela with milk.  (By the way if you have never had or don’t remember the last time you had milk from a real live cow and not from the plastic bottles in the grocery store, you don’t know what milk is…)

My favorite?  A big dollop of yogurt, preferably the thick Greek style yogurt, you can add honey or sugar to sweeten it.  Cut up an apple and banana, or drop in a handful of berries, cherries…it’s up to you.

Beleela with cherries and yogurt

Warning – if you are not used to alot of fiber in  your diet this is a 5 out of 5 rating 


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