Waitrose and Duchy Originals are backing the Soil Association’s Organic September and this year they invited me to take part!
They’ve asked me to swap one meal a day for a week to organic, so I decided to start the day off right at breakfast. I love breakfasts and never ever skip it. If I’m in a rush I’ll make a quick smoothie or toast, but I love porridge (hot in the winter and cold in the summer). For me it really is the most important meal of the day, so it was a lovely challenge.
Organic September was started by the Soil Association, and the point is to make small changes in order to make a big difference. By swapping some foods you can make a change to people, animals and the environment. Changing foods can be expensive, but the Soil Association has come up with 30 affordable ways to make the switch. Sign up now for free information, tips, recipes and downloads.
Waitrose makes it easy, since you can filter the site to just show products. They also have a load of recipes for you to try out! Duchy is a fantastic brand that I know well and the carrot and parsnip soup is a particular favourite of mine. Buying from this range also contributes to The Prince’s Trust charity supporting young people in their endeavors.
So, here’s my week of organic breakfasts:
Day 1: Vegan Porridge Oats with Carrot
I love adding veggies to my porridge. I sometimes add spinach and vanilla (trust me, it’s great!) or courgette and cacao nibs, but for this one I had organic carrots so I sprinkled them on along with ground cinnamon. I made the porridge with unsweetened almond milk so it’s vegan and deliciously creamy.
Day 2: Green Smoothie Bowl
I really love smoothie bowls. This week I made one filled with loads of organic goodies from an organic fairtrade banana to organic spinach. I blogged about his recipe for a Super Food Soothie Bowl with Lean Greens so you can try it yourself! Smoothie bowls are a great way to get loads of healthy veggies in your breakfast, but by thickening the smoothie with oats and cashews and pouring into a bowl, it becomes more of a meal. You can then top it with loads of healthy sprinkles – I went for organic carrot, chia and linseeds, but you could try coconut, berries, nuts or other seeds.
Day 3: Green Smoothie
This is one of my favourite green smoothies at the moment. It is simply organic lean greens powder (spirulina etc…) but you could substitute a handful of spinach or kale, a fairtrade organic banana and a cup of coconut water. I blitzed it up in my blender to make a very healthy breakfast in minutes. This really energises me and puts a spring in my step!
Day 4: Turmeric and Black Pepper Bread with Organic No Caf Drink
My mum made me this amazing Turmeric and Black Pepper Bread and she uses organic flour for it as well as organic ground turmeric. I’ll have to blog the recipe soon, because it is quite legendary. That colour is quite amazing! It tastes subtly earthy from the turmeric and the little hint of black pepper adds a warming spice. The coffee is actually Whole Earth Organic No Caf, a naturally caffeine-free coffee alternative made with roasted barley and ground chicory. I often have coffee, but sometimes I prefer this. I’ve had it with almond milk.
Day 5: Avocado and Blueberries on Toast
I love avocado on toast. I mean, I REALLY love avocado on toast. It’s versatile but on this day I had my organic avocado simply topped with some blueberries and a touch of sea salt on sliced bread. Simple, quick and healthy.
Day 6: Zesty Orange Chia Pancakes with Kiwiberries (vegan & gluten-free)
I made these vegan orange and chia pancakes. The kiwiberries are like tiny bald kiwis! I whizzed the oats in my blender to turn it into oat flour, then added almond milk and chia seeds to the batter, along with orange juice and zest. They’re a quick, filling and zesty breakfast!
Day 7: Peas on toast with lemon juice
I have crushed peas on toast quite often. With frozen peas in the freezer (organic this month!), it is a quick, healthy savoury breakfast. They just need to be boiled for a few minutes then mashed onto toast. I added a drizzle of lemon juice and some sea salt and black pepper. Fast and delicious.
Waitrosecellar.com also sent me a selection of organic wines to try out. I’m definitely saving the Fonseca Porto Terra Prima Organic Port for Christmas, but my husband and I did try the Les Veililles Vignes de Maris 2012 and it was really lovely smooth, full-bodied wine. It pairs well with strongly flavoured cheese dishes so we had it with figs plucked fresh from our fig tree with fresh crusty bread, stilton and drizzled with a Greek thyme honey. It was a magical and decadent feast and it all went wonderfully together. This organic wine is from the Languedoc region and is biodynamically produced. Waitrose Cellar have a great service. I got all of the wine for my wedding from them and I just discovered that they have a free wine advice service, plus they have more deals on that separate site than the main Waitrose site.
Are you joining in Organic September?
Disclosure: Waitrose sent me the wines to try and also a voucher to cover my cost of buying organic food for the week. All opinions are my own.