Congee, A Healthy and Convenient Breakfast Option

A traditional Chinese rice porridge that ensures an optimal balance for Yin and Yang which results in good health. If you want to detox your body, cure your intestinal flora, lose some weight or enhance energy circulation, eat this creamy rice porridge on a regular basis

“What do I eat for breakfast that’s healthy and fills me up?” Typical American breakfast choices are unhealthy. Consisting of either a). greasy, fatty, high cholesterol foods, such as eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, and butter; or b.) sweets and sugars, such as donuts, cakes, sweet rolls, jams, jellies, syrups, and sugar-coated cereals; or c.) chilled milk and milk products, such as cold milk on top of cereals and yogurt; or, some combination of the above washed down with orange juice and/ or coffee. Sounds like indigestion waiting to happen along with packing on the extra pounds. Skipping breakfast is just as detrimental to your health and well-being. But, that’s a whole other blog post!

Unfortunately, common breakfast-standards are not healthy choices. The fatty, high cholesterol foods are bad for your cardiovascular health, leading to heart disease and stroke. Excess sugar causes weight gain and increases your risk for type 2 diabetes. Sugar also stresses the adrenal glands thereby weakening the immune system and can cause progression of autoimmune diseases.

Also, many adults are lactose intolerant and have chronic digestive complaints because they lack the necessary enzyme to digest dairy products properly. Even with the proper digestive enzymes, dairy intake should be limited because it is high in fat and oil, and is mucus forming. Dairy products are considered cold and damp in Oriental medicine and and lead to a multitude of problems such as fatigue, sluggishness, obesity, headaches, skin problems, frequent illness, sinus congestion, headaches, digestive problems like diarrhea and nausea, etc.

So, here's a healthy and convenient breakfast option! Congee is a traditional Chinese rice porridge (I use brown rice) with a watery consistency served piping hot. Chinese congees may be made with a single grain or combination of grains, beans, animal protein, or Chinese medicinal herbs. For breakfast, crack two eggs in the bottom of a bowl and ladle your pre prepared warm congee from your crockpot or rice cooker (cooked on the porridge setting) over the top and the eggs will be poached by the hot liquid from the congee.

Congee is warming and moistening to the digestive system; it is light and easy to digest and doesn’t overburden the stomach and intestines with heavy, hard-to-digest foods. It is also low in carbohydrates, calories, and fat. In the scheme of Oriental medicine, raw and cold foods are considered less digestible. Pre-cooking foods is considered “pre-digestion” and helps the body digest foods more efficiently. Foods should be eaten at approximate body temperature for easiest digestion (98.6F-100F). It’s better to steam and at least lightly soften your vegetables first and eat salads in moderation to prevent taxing your digestive system and get the most nutritional benefit.


It’s a nutritious breakfast for anyone. I especially recommend congee for breakfast to patients with digestive issues acute or chronic. I prefer mine with eggs. However, there’s a variety of toppings that can be used. Such as coriander, ginger, and goji berries. All are medicinal. Read here about what toppings to choose for certain conditions

INSTRUCTIONS: For thick congee, use one cup of rice to eight cups of water. For medium congee, use one cup of rice to 10 cups of water. For thin congee, use one cup of rice to 13 cups of water. Use less water if you're cooking with a rice cooker or slow cooker, since you will lose less water to evaporation.


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