My usual breakfast is a green smoothie. It involves whatever fruits are in season, some fresh greens, spirulina, goji berries, and whatever other healthy superfoods I’ve got on hand.
Once in a while you want something a little more decadent for breakfast.
Raw flax pancakes with fresh fruit and maple syrup are one option. A breakfast scramble is another. Those are both delicious, but this time I wanted to try a sweet breakfast cereal. Buckwheaties are soaked, sprouted and dehydrated buckwheat. Despite its name, buckwheat is not wheat– it’s not even a grain. It’s actually a fruit seed, with loads of nutrients and no gluten.
According to the World’s Healthiest Foods website:
“Buckwheat’s beneficial effects are due in part to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that protect against disease by extending the action of vitamin C and acting as antioxidants. Buckwheat’s lipid-lowering activity is largely due to rutin and other flavonoid compounds. These compounds help maintain blood flow, keep platelets from clotting excessively (platelets are compounds in blood that, when triggered, clump together, thus preventing excessive blood loss, and protect LDL from free radical oxidation into potentially harmful cholesterol oxides. All these actions help to protect against heart disease.
Buckwheat also contains almost 86 milligrams of magnesium in a one-cup serving. Magnesium relaxes blood vessels, improving blood flow and nutrient delivery while lowering blood pressure-the perfect combination for a healthy cardiovascular system.”
While buckwheaties on their own are crunchy but not terribly flavourful, they are a great base for raw granolas. You can add any flavours you like. I found this recipe for chocolate buckwheaties and had to try them. I was especially impressed with the simplicity of the recipe.
The results… delicious! Crispy, chocolaty goodness. I made brazil nut milk, with a little maca added for extra nutrients, crumbled up the buckwheaties, added a handful of goji berries and voila! a decadent yet nutritious breakfast.