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May 27, 2014 by KAREN FOSTER
The Superfood Breakfast That Will Have You Quit All Others


Chia, hemp, buckwheat, almonds, and dried cranberries make up this incredible superfood breakfast that will give you sustained energy with a wonderful medley of highly packed nutrients all fitting in the palm of your hands. I would not be recommending this cereal combination if I did not experience the benefits myself every single day.



Ingredients

1 Tbsp Chia seeds
1 Tbsp Hemp seeds
1 Tsp Buckwheat groats
1 Tbsp of Dried Cranberries, Golden Berries or Goji Berries
1 Tbsp slivered almonds
3-4 Tbsp of Coconut Milk

Combine all ingredients and wait 5 minutes for the Chia seeds to soak and enjoy. The cereal fits in a very small bowl and although it won't seem like much, it is extremely nutrient dense full of plant based protein, fibre and ALA Omega 3s.

Benefits

  • Certified gluten free
  • Vegan
  • No added sugar or salt
  • High in protein (6 grams per serving)
  • Heart healthy


CHIA
Consider these facts about Chia seeds:
- 2.5 times more protein than kidney beans
- 3 times the antioxidant strength of blueberries
- 3 times more iron than spinach
- 6 times more calcium than milk
- 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
- 8 times more omega-3 than salmon
- 10 times more fiber than rice
- 15 times more magnesium than broccoli

HEMP
Hemp protein is also of exceptionally high quality in terms of amino acid (AA) composition and protein structure, the latter affecting digestibility and utilization by the human body. Hemp protein contains all of the essential amino acids in more nutritionally significant amounts and at a ratio closer to "complete" sources of protein (like meat, milk and eggs) than all other oil seeds. Hemp protein consists of two globular proteins, albumin (33%) and edestine (67%), with a structure very similar to proteins manufactured in our blood and is thus readily digestible. Hemp protein appears to be free of antinutrients that are found in soy to interfere with protein uptake. So, eating hemp seed or nuts delivers protein with a favorable AA composition and in a structure readily utilized.

BUCKWHEAT GROATS
While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Buckwheat's beneficial effects are due in part to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. The nutrients in buckwheat may contribute to blood sugar control. In a test that compared the effect on blood sugar of whole buckwheat groats to bread made from refined wheat flour, buckwheat groats significantly lowered blood glucose and insulin responses. Whole buckwheats also scored highest on their ability to satisfy hunger.

The berries and almonds compliment this superfood medley nicely giving it an exquisite taste without need for any sweeteners. My favorite of these berries are the golden berries, but the others work as well.

This cereal can even be eaten as a snack at any time of the day. If I need a boost, I often mix in some maca extract as well and I'm good to go for several hours.

I can assure you that you will not be disappointed with how this cereal makes you feel...sharp, energetic and ready to take on the day's tasks.

There are some companies like Qi'a that package the above mix prepared in different ratios, however they do add some sugar and oil in the cranberries. You can find Qi'a in Costco, but price out the differences in buying each ingredient in bulk and you may find you'll save money preparing it yourself.

Karen Foster is a holistic nutritionist, avid blogger, with five kids and an active lifestyle that keeps her in pursuit of the healthiest path towards a life of balance.

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