A Bowl of Goodness

January 1, 2020 approaches! If you have a New Year’s Resolution that involves your health, do I have something good for you! Especially if, like me, you’re gluten-free.

I used to buy very good but expensive gluten-free breakfast cereal mixes from the health food store. Then one day I thought, “I can put something like this together myself, for less expense.” And so I did. Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients.

Chia seeds are tiny but mighty. A source of plant protein, they also provide an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre, iron and calcium.

Hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts) are a great source of plant protein. They’re also exceptionally rich in omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.

Buckwheat groats are another good plant source of high-quality protein, and iron. They also provide a nice crunch.

Flax seeds are a potent source of omega-3, antioxidants and fibre.

The raw cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa powder, which has been chemically processed and roasted, thus diminishing the nutritional benefits) is high in antioxidants and calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. It’s also one of the best sources of magnesium, a crucial mineral that most people are deficient in.

I recommend using organic ingredients. And because all the ingredients are raw and unprocessed, they come complete with their own digestive enzymes — good news for your GI tract!

And now, here’s my delicious and nutritious recipe to give you a great start to your day!

ALEXANDRA’S AWESOME CEREAL

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 3/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl with a lid and store in the fridge.

I use 4 heaped dessert spoonfuls per breakfast bowl and add hemp milk; and sliced banana for some natural sweetness and more goodness. You have to let the milk soak for a wee while so it becomes a bit like a pudding. Et voilà!

Another delicious and nutritious way to prepare it is to add less milk and then mix in coconut yoghurt and blackstrap molasses. Mmm…!!!

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