Tiger’s Milk: The Real Breakfast Food of Iron Men and Einstein’s.
Breakfast can make or break your day. A good breakfast will make it easier to choose healthier foods for the rest of the day - goodbye 3pm munchies. A good breakfast means high energy levels without relying on caffeine and sugar. A good breakfast can even make you less prone to anxiety, stress and depression through the day by preventing blood sugar level crashes. Breakfast is the one meal where most people get it horribly wrong. Through no fault of their own we’re a generation that has been educated about nutrition from TV commercials and they’ve done a great job convincing many people that a highly processed cereal with a some added niacin and riboflavin, and these days a spattering of ‘whole grains’ for good measure, is the healthiest way to start the day.We’re led to believe that a breakfast cereal devoid of all life and nutrients to the point it must be fortified with synthetic nutrients will turn our children into iron men and Einstein’s, keep our hormones balanced, supply us with anti oxidants, prevent heart disease and give us the energy to get through our busy day.Nothing could be further from the truth. Starting your day with a commercial breakfast cereal is a recipe for disaster. It guarantees that your energy will hit the floor around 2-3pm most likely accompanied by the munchies and for many people, a peak in anxiety and stress levels.A good breakfast should be a complete meal. A complete meal consists of Protein + Fat + Carbohydrate. Breakfast cereal with skim milk is nothing more than carbohydrate and very poor quality carbohydrate at that. Another common breakfast favourite, jam or honey on toast is Carbohydrate on top of Carbohydrate. A far cry from a complete meal.Tiger’s Milk, an old naturopathic convalescent tonic makes a perfect breakfast substitute as you make the transition from a processed to a more nourishing diet. A convalescent tonic was traditionally used to build people back up after an illness or stress, including childbirth. As most people are in recovery from one illness or another these days, Tiger’s Milk for breakfast is doubly perfect.Most people and families are pushed for time in the morning and a complicated breakfast routine, no matter how healthy, is simply unachievable. Tiger’s milk takes 5 minutes to make in the morning and there is little mess to clean up afterwards. It’s also easy to change the amounts to suit a whole family or just one person.
- 2 x raw egg yolks (from free range eggs)
- ½ - ¾ cup of milk, yoghurt or kefir*
- 2-3 tablespoons of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
First blend the yoghurt and berries until smooth, then add the egg yolks and coconut oil and blend until combined. It’s important to not overprocess the eggyolks so always add them last.If you or a family member are allergic to dairy, you can replace the milk with almond milk or rice milk. To make either of these even more nutritious, culture them using Kefir grains or culture first. A less ideal option is to replace the milk with fresh or frozen orange juice - this works best as an afternoon snack rather than breakfast. You can also add some frozen banana for children (or fussy adults).I have not had a single client who has not commented on a remarkable increase in their energy levels and wellbeing after a week or two of having Tiger’s Milk for breakfast. Many also find that their appetite is under control for the first time in a long while, as stable blood sugar levels reduce the cravings for sugar or other comfort foods during the day.Tiger’s milk is a highly nutritious complete meal. It can be used as a healthy breakfast alternative, an energy pick-me-up in the afternoon and is ideal for times of stress or recovery from illness where it can be given 2-3 x daily. Excellent for breastfeeding mums. Perfect for ravenous kids after school.Tiger’s milk can be safely used with babies and infants over 6 months of age. Omit the berries and use just the egg yolk, yoghurt/kefir and coconut oil. Like any new food, start with small amounts and increase gradually. Start with the tip of a teaspoon and increase to a few tablespoons over a few weeks. The egg yolks are an excellent source of fatty acids for brain and nervous system development. They are also a good source of iron and zinc for healthy immune systems.Use at breakfast time for toddlers who have fussy appetites and prefer formula or milk for breakfast. For toddlers who wake hungry during the night, give Tiger’s milk about 1 hour before bed in place of formula or milk.If you are concerned about using raw egg yolks with your child, they are actually a far more natural form of essential nutrients that growing children need than any other food including formula. Baby and toddler formula contains laboratory synthesised nutrients, egg yolks are a complete food and contain naturally occurring forms of nutrients which your child’s growing brain, nervous, digestive and immune systems require to develop properly. The egg white is usually the culprit when it comes to egg allergies and if you’re using organic free range eggs there is little risk of bacterial infection.If you’re pushed for time in the morning, or preparing Tiger’s Milk for a fussy child and you don’t want them to see you adding egg yolks to their smoothie, separate the eggs the night before and store the yolks in a cup, mug or bowl covered in cling wrap. Ensure that the cling wrap does not make contact with the yolks.If the idea of raw egg yolks simply sounds too disgusting to comtemplate, I promise that you will not be able to taste them. It’s the egg whites that add a frothy eggy taste to smoothies and egg nogs. If you’re still squeamish, ask someone else to make it for you at first. Once you start to experience the benefits to your health and energy levels, you’ll be quite OK to make it yourself.***Habitual Breakfast Skipper’s*** I challenge you to a 2 week Tiger’s Milk Challenge! Have Tiger’s Milk for breakfast every morning for 2 weeks and notice the difference in how you feel. Better energy, a clearer mind, better concentration, improved skin and lower stress levels are just some of the payoffs for getting up 10 minutes earlier to make your breakfast. If you have no appetite in the morning or feel nauseous if you eat breakfast, keep the milk or yoghurt to maximum of a half cup to keep the volume of liquid down until your stomach adjusts to food first thing in the morning.For more info on making your own Kefir please check out the following posts:Kefir the MightyHow to Culture KefirKefir SmoothieTiger’s Milk UpdateWinter Version:This warm version of Tiger’s Milk is perfect for a cold winter’s morning or afternoon. It also eliminates the problem of lumpy chunks of coconut oil. You can also omit the yoghurt, milk or kefir and simply use the hot water and coconut oil as the liquid base.
- Melt coconut oil in 1/2 to 3/4 cup of very hot water and add to frozen berries or fruit. Process well then add kefir or yoghurt and egg yolks. Process until combined.