Food and Drink 

Off to a better start

One night I was listening to a great CBC Radio show about the wonder and glory of bees - and their scarily declining populations. Suddenly, the bee expert being interviewed broke away from the scientific stuff and mentioned that every night before he went to bed he ate a teaspoonful of honey.

"It's rocket fuel!" he said, excitedly describing all the nutritional benefits of honey. "Just a teaspoonful, that's all you need. Makes me sleep like a baby!"

That's weird, I thought. Why would anybody want rocket fuel before going to bed? Then I realized that Mr. Beekeeper's honey was doing something really important as he slept - keeping his body's blood sugar levels steady.

Since then, I've added a teaspoonful of "rocket fuel" to my morning regime of good old porridge and plain yogurt. When I'm really hungry I might add some cheese or ham, yes!, on crunchy toast and smear honey on that, too.

The older I get, the more rocket fuel I need, and coffee has never cut it for me.

So honey, with the above menu as noted, makes a lot of sense. Along with pollen, it's all bee larvae are fed at a certain stage so they can develop into perfect little hard-working bees. It's easy to use and yummy, and makes food I already like even more appealing. It's also got a host of nutritional - even medicinal - benefits, making it something Dr. Lori Broker of Squamish Chiropractic might call a great addition to breakfast.

Lori's thought a lot about these sorts of things running the Elementary School Breakfast Club in Squamish. Funded by the local Rotary Club and run entirely by volunteers, it gets kids off to a good start at five of the six Squamish elementary schools by providing an appealing, healthy breakfast to anyone who wants it.

This time of year everybody is trying to get back into the swing of things - back to work, back to school. You sleep in. You're in a hurry. You might forget or can't be bothered to grab breakfast. More to the point, a lot of people have never had the breakfast habit at all.

Some kids, and just as many adults, think breakfast is a doughnut or a Freezie pop - yep, some kids arrive at the school bus stop with a Freezie pop in hand.

But that just doesn't cut it in today's world where, more than ever, everybody needs to keep up their energy and concentrate - mentally, physically or both - all day long.

"If you put that breakfast in [to your body] with some nutritional value, your ability to concentrate, to think, to function, increases exponentially," says Lori.

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