Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Buckwheat for Breakfast Gluten Free Dairy Free Healthy Start

Buckwheat is my favorite recommendation for a "grain" that is easy on the digestive system. When looking to cut back on grains, or eliminate high inflammatory foods, Buckwheat is a great option. For starters, Buckwheat is not, technically, a grain, but it is a great source of minerals such as magnesium as well as fiber and some protein.
Check out the nutrition facts on buckwheat here.
I like to start my buckwheat in the morning by bringing 1 - 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil and adding 1/4 cup Pocono Buckwheat cereal. I let it boil while I stir it in, then I lower the heat to a simmer and let it cook, covered, while I get ready in the morning.  I like mine to cook for 20 minutes on a low simmer. To add nutrition boosters and the develop a more rounded breakfast, I recommend adding 1 Tablespoon milled flaxseed, 1-2 Tablespoons nuts, and 1-2 servings of fruit. I add these extras after the cereal has finished cooking. Dried apricots and cherries are delightful, but so is a fresh banana with raw pecans, or a quick cooked apple with walnuts and honey. If you feel the need for additional sweetener, I advise a small amount of honey or stevia to taste. I find that fruit sweetens my cereal nicely, and sometimes a splash of vanilla almond milk is a good addition, too. The options are endless and the benefits to your health are huge. While I do post fun sweet treat recipes such as scones and coffee cake, I consider those occasion treats and I look to healthy options like this creamy buckwheat cereal for my day to day choice.

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