Breakfast needs to be convenient most days; most people don’t have the luxury of preparing and eating their morning meal under an big umbrella of time. Contrary to the Standard American Diet food pyramid, eating a bunch of cereal and toast stripped of their nutrients and then fortified is not really an ideal way to start the day. Yet, there is something wonderful and nostalgic about a bowl of cereal.
This is a way to have your cereal and eat it, too. It includes live buckwheat sprouts that make for easy digestion, as well as some “super foods” to thrive on throughout your day.
1 C Buckwheat Groats (plus a sprouting jar and three days)
1TB Chia Seeds
A Little Almond or Coconut Milk
2 TB Raw Pumpkin Seeds
2 TB Raw Sunflower Seeds
2 TB Dried Goji Berries
2 TB Dried Cherries, Cranberries, Currants or Raisens
2 TB Raw Cashews or Walnuts
1 TB Hemp Hearts
1. In a sprouting jar (you can buy these at natural foods stores everywhere; it can be a mason jar with any mesh top or cheesecloth, secured with a rubber band) pour in the groats and water, and seal with a full top. Shake, shake, shake. Strain. Add water, shake, shake, shake, and strain. Place the mesh lid or cheesecloth on jar. Let the groats sit in a nice shady spot. Rinse once a day for three days. On the third day, you will see little sprouts shooting out of the little hearts!
2. The next morning, soak the chia seeds in the bowl with milk, and then add those little live sprouts in to your favorite cereal bowl, and add seeds, berries, fruits, nuts, and hemp.
What your body will be loving:
Fiber and amino acids from gluten-free buckwheat groats.
Fiber, protein, and calcium from chia seeds. Christopher McDougal explains how chia seeds are a staple in the Tarahumara diet in his book Born to Run. The Mexican natives run as much as 100 miles at a time through canyon lands, finding energy from chia fresca (chia seeds with water, lime juice, and a little sweetener).
Magnesium in the pumpkin seeds for your bones and bowels.
More magnesium, plus vitamin E and selenium, which helps to prevent cancer in the sunflower seeds.
Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds, protein, iron, calcium and zinc in the goji berries. (Awesome, eh?)
Phytochemicals in the berries to help prevent cell damage.
L-arganine for your heart,plant sterols to reduce cholesterol , protein, amino acids, vitamin, and more yet more fiber to keep you satisfied, all from nuts.
A perfect protein that includes fatty acids, full of oxygen in the cell membranes to help fight viruses, cardiovascular desiese, and cancers in hemp hearts.
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Photo: Jessica Riley-Norton