We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I believe that is true. I have created my own cereal because I could not find one on the market that was gluten free, low in sugar, high in protein and fiber and tasted good. You will find my recipe below. Here’s why my homemade mixture is a good choice:
Chia Seeds: Grown in Mexico, it dates back to the Aztec and Mayan culture who believe it was an energy booster. Chia is the word for strength. One ounce contains 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of good fat, 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals. I know you are probably thinking of the silly chia pets, but instead of planting, eat them! The unprocessed, whole-grain seed is full of omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies need.
Hemp Seeds: No, you can’t get high eating them. This seed contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is nature’s highest botanical source of essential fatty acid, more so than flax or any other nut or seed oil. It can aid, and maybe heal, people suffering from immune deficiency diseases. It is a superior vegan source of protein and easily digestible.
Buckwheat Groats (Hulled kernels): Unlike rice, wheat, and corn, buckwheat ranks low on the glycemic scale so it won’t spike blood sugar levels. Roasted groats are called Kasha and is a staple food of Eastern Europe. Rich in protein, buckwheat is also high in the essential amino acids lysine and arginine. It is said that because of buckwheat’s proteins, coupled with its amino acids, it is supercharged to lower cholesterol. Because of its ability to reduce the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE), it is believed to also reduce hypertension.
Susan’s Supercharged Seedy Cereal
This makes a batch that will last weeks
3/4 cup Chia Seeds, 3/4 cup Buckwheat Groats, 1 cup Raw Shelled Hemp Seed
Mix together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, spoon 3 tablespoons of mixture in bowl, cover with liquid (about 3 Tbsp.) You can use milk or a non-dairy product like soy milk, hemp milk, rice milk. Add a little maple syrup or honey to sweeten. Top with fruit like blueberries, strawberries, mango, apple, banana. Wait five minutes to allow the chia seeds time to expand. That is why only 3 tablespoons is enough to make you feel full for hours.
Note: A similar packaged product is available in the health food stores, but it cost around $9.00 for about a third of the amount I make! All items listed are available at health food stores or in bulk at Costco.