Tired of Oats? – What About Raw Buckwheat?


Guess what!
I’m tired Of Eating Oats. 

Yep, I’ve gotten tired of eating the plain oat breakfast I wrote about in one of my August’07 posts. (CLICK HERE to refer to it) 

Actually, I DO really still love it, it’s just that you want a CHANGE every now and then. You know what I mean?

We’ve been doing some exciting things with buckwheat lately. (NOT the buckwheat flour, but WHOLE RAW BUCKWHEAT), so this gave me a bit of an idea.

Why not use the same procedure used in that whole Oat Recipe but instead ….. make a ….

MIX of 50% whole oat groats + 50% whole raw buckwheat?  

YES!! That sounds great. I’ve never made that mix before. So I got excited, immediately raced to the kitchen, and got the ingredients together to start the process. …….. And you know what?

It’s wonderful !! I absolutely loved it!!
(Why don’t you give it a go?)

Just follow the recipe for the oats in that post, but use the 50-50 (whole oats to raw buckwheat) mix instead (or just try the same method using all raw buckwheat if oats don’t work for you). Remember, Buckwheat is gluten free.

Once it’s cooked, just add a nice “dobble” of good butter or coconut oil, a little honey  topped with a sprinkling of your personal “magic ingredient”.

You’ll be in HEAVEN!

But before you enjoy that delicious breakfast, check out the following and see some of the goodness you’ll be ingesting:

(Important Facts)

– Even though Buckwheat has the word “wheat” in it, it has NO relationship to wheat what-so-ever. It is not even a grain. It is actually a broad-leaf plant related to the rhubarb and sorrel family.

– Great alternative to rice and can be made into porridge. It is much higher in protein quality and availability than regular grains.

– It is ideal for those struggling with wheat allergies, celiac or gluten intolerance,

– Diets containing buckwheat have been linked to a lower risk of developing high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The high presence of magnesium in buckwheat is thought to contribute positively to a healthy cardio-vascular system, relaxing blood vessels and improving blood flow and delivery of nutrients.

– Magnesium is also a co-factor in over 300 enzymes, many of these linked to glucose and insulin secretion.

– Buckwheat contains rutin, a medicinal chemical that strengthens capillary walls.

– Buckwheat consumption is associated with lower total serum cholesterol, lower LDL (linked to cardio-vascular disease) and higher (health promoting) HDL .

– Has a low glycemic index, therefore less likely to create spikes in blood sugar levels.

– Buckwheat contains d-chiro-inositol, the cofactor missing in Type II diabetes.

– Buckwheat is a good source of insoluble fiber which studies have shown can help women avoid gallstones.

– Cleans and strengthens the intestines and improves appetite.

– Buckwheat is noted as a possible pre-biotic, which is a carbohydrate promoting the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract.

– Buckwheat also has been found to contain a high content of cancer-preventing nitrilosides.

If you haven’t seen or used raw buckwheat before, my next post will give you a few tips on sourcing it and what to look out for.

Till then,

To Your Health and Gluten freedom,

Additional Interest and Information Resource Links:
1. Annual Buckwheat Festival in West Virginia.
2. Wikipedia Buckwheat Information
3. Detailed Nutritional information for Buckwheat.

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