One morning, I open my Twitter feed to be greeted by a conversation between two individuals about why I’m “… not credible as a food blogger because she’s thin.” (!) I’m largely amused and feel like I’ve just eavesdropped, am slightly vexed too because there was no need to tag me (@DessertComes1st) – which they did. I chuckle and file the incident mentally under #mildirritantoftheday.
Not long after, I give a talk to employees at a very prestigious banking institution. It’s a talk about the intricacies of passionate and effective food blogging bolstered with effective visuals, and I’m pleased the audience is attentive. Afterwards, there’s an interesting Q & A of which the very first question is:
“All four of us here in the back are wondering: if you’re a food writer, how do you keep so fit?”
… how I stay in shape might not be so secret after all…
Evidently, there’s a common thread here somewhere. But how I stay in shape might not be so secret after all: it starts with a good breakfast. On DCF, you only have to type in breakfast to get numerous posts on my favorite meal of the day. Take away my lunch and dinner but leave me my brekkie. Mom was right: it’s the most important meal of the day, and for me, it’s what sets me up and starts me out right for the remainder of my day. I never skip it.
What I have for breakfast depends on what day it is and how I’m feeling but there are two constants, as I mention in the first post in this week’s series devoted to Mornings. First, I have juice blended together from various fruits – mango-pineapple is one of my favorites – and to that I toss in a good 2-inch piece of fresh ginger followed by the juice of half a lemon or lime, depending on what I’ve got laying around. I glug the juice down while I putter about my kitchen brewing coffee, sometimes black, other times a latte.
These days, I’m addicted to muesli. Rolled oats in which roll dried berries, nuts, and other seeds, I either have it with milk or I eat it the way the Swiss do – soaked in yogurt and milk and/or juice. I like Bob’s Red Mill Muesli and Dorset Cereals Muesli, especially the Super Cranberry, Cherry & Almond variant – it practically explodes with all those good ingredients. I have to thank Audrey Que-Silva for introducing me to it.
Based in the United Kingdom for the past decade, Audrey imports a number of healthy organic products to the Philippines. She tells me, “As a mom to three young children, I try to select healthy, affordable food for the whole family. In the UK, there is a large selection of these natural and healthy foods [and] I wanted to bring these foods to the Philippines so that Filipino families would have healthier choices.” I’m fascinated when Audrey informs me that the muesli made by Dorset Cereals contains a fruit, nut and seed content that ranges from 30-50%, one of the highest among other muesli brands sold in the market. No wonder it’s so full of goodness, and it keeps me full for hours afterwards too. Other muesli in the Dorset Cereals line and available locally are Simply Delicious, Simply Fruity (P269); and Really Nutty, Super High Fibre (P299).
Though I prefer my juice fresh and not out of a box, Audrey has me try some juices that she also imports. the berry company (lowercase all) is another UK brand that specializes in berry juice blends (P145/1-liter box) , most notably juices with berries that have been accorded “super food” status, such as Acai Berry and Goji Berry. Other variants include Pomegranate, Super Berries, and Blue Berry. As Audrey lets me know, “The juices are high in nutrients and anti-oxidants, as well as being dairy and gluten free, and 100% natural.”
Vibrantly colored and touting no additives and nothing artificial, I find the juices too sweet so I dilute them a bit with ice and/or water. They’re also delicious when a bit is stirred into muesli. Of the juices, I like the Goji Berry the best because it tastes like passion fruit, which I love. Plus, its vermilion color can’t be beat. I’m already excited for the other products that Audrey will be importing in the second half of the year: more muesli variants from Dorset Cereals including their Honey Granola, the berry company Cranberry juice, and more.
So for those who asked, there you have it. Powering up with a good breakfast is one way that I try to stay in shape – the operative word here being try, because you’ve got to know it isn’t easy!
Yummy Organics Food Products
Dorset Cereals, the berry company, Eat Natural (not mentioned in this article)
Available at all leading supermarkets.