Kripalu Part 2: Silent Breakfast

IMG_8423 IMG_8424 IMG_8425 IMG_8426 IMG_8427 IMG_8429 IMG_8431 IMG_8433In the morning, light filters into our kitchen and dining area in the most beautiful way. (These pictures really don’t do it justice, I’m working on that.) The past few days I have had the chance to eat my morning meal in silence, alone with myself, on my road to recovery from pneumonia. I am reminded of all of my good intentions to bring pieces of our Kripalu experience back home with us. This piece has always been one of my favorites, a silent morning meal. However, with a two year old, it’s not likely to be one that we have in our home often. But on the days when it does occur, I like to bask in it. It’s calm, it’s peace, it’s reminder to begin fresh, with intention.

Here are my reflections on the silent morning meal written while I was at Kripalu. There I was with my lovely husband, here I am with my lovely girl cat, Amelia. Both of them are wonderful breakfast companions….

Breakfast is a silent meal. This is not something either of us will struggle with. My husband is the strong silent type. And I suppose, so am I. I love this meal here because I can rely on it. It is one thing that does not seem to change, much. I can rely on the soft, well cooked steel cut oats, the coconut milk yogurt, raisin compote, and variety of nuts and seeds. I can rely on the hard boiled egg, and the assortment of tea. I can rely on the unsweetened almond milk, and the sweet raw honey. And I can rely on the silence, the chance to start the day slowly, with full attention.

We settle into our seats, across from each other at a long table filled with other visitors starting their day too. We can look at each other’s faces, but often we don’t. We stare past, watching, observing, contemplating those around us. She’s here with her mother. He looks like he is missing his morning cup of Joe. Her face is calm, serene. His face is searching.

I look at these faces, some naked, made-up, tired, refreshed, lonely, in-love, present, and far, far away. Sometimes they look back at me. Sometimes they catch my face as I calmly sip my hot chai tea, or awkwardly spoon oatmeal into my mouth. What do they know about me as they glance at my clean, bare, un-decorated face? What do they see behind my hazel eyes surrounded by “laugh lines”, the pink pigment of my skin which occasionally shows up in splotches, my pale lips? What do they infer about my life by the way I have pulled up my hair, or the clothing I am wearing? Who do they think I am? Who do I?

We sit in silence, this room full of people. We eat our morning meal, we contemplate, and we watch. None of us truly knows each other. Even the man sitting across from me, my husband, whom I have “known” for over 15 years, doesn’t truly know me, nor I him. Really, we don’t even know ourselves. We are only (and always) in the process of discovering.

I sit back in my chair, holding my warm tea mug close to my face. I inhale the sweet steam rising from it. I draw up the left corner of my mouth, then the right. I glance back at my husband. He does the same.

 

7 Healthy Breakfast Ideas You Won’t Get Bored Of

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. (I say one, because really I love any meal, and snacks). However sometimes we can get stuck in a breakfast rut, eating the same things day after day. Here are some ideas to perk up your morning, and your tastebuds, while still keeping it simple, and fairly quick. (Under 20 minutes from stove top to mouth) Enjoy! 🙂

1. Bacon and Egg Tortillas

Corn tortillas, eggs, turkey bacon, sliced cucumber, hot sauce

bacon egg tortillas

2. Cinnamon Raison Steel Cut Oats

Quick Cook Steel Cut Oats, Organic Raisons, Ghee, Cinnamon, Cardamom, and Cloves, Milk (I use Almond, but use what you like!)

Steel Cut Oats breakfast

3. Banana Almond Apple Tortillas

Sliced bananas, almond butter, apple butter, sprinkle of cinnamon, corn tortillas, toasted (or warmed)

Banana Almond Apple Tortillas

4. Scrumptious Salsa Egg Snack

Rice Cake, Over Easy Egg, Sliced Avocado, Newman’s Medium Salsa, Black Pepper (add cheese if you like it)

Scrumptious Salsa Egg Snack

5. Maple Sausage Apple Oats

Whole Oats, Sliced Green Apples, Applesauce (mixed into oats), Breakfast Turkey Sausage, Maple Syrup

Maple Sausage Apple Oats

6. Easy Rice Pudding

Cooked white rice (basmati), sliced almonds, currants, almond extract, cinnamon, cardamom, milk (of your choosing)

Easy Rice Pudding

7. Vanilla Berrylicious Oats

Whole Oats, dried strawberries (fresh when in season), frozen blueberries (fresh when in season), cardamom, vanilla almond milk

Vanilla Berry-licious Oats

 

There you have it! 7 ways to tickle your tastebuds at breakfast. All have been mama tested and kid approved! Let me know which ones you try and love, or which ones need a little tweaking, in the comments below. 🙂