My intention for starting this blog was motivation and education. I wanted to share articles, links, and post information on topics that brings awareness and knowledge about holistic health to all. I figured I would share a recipe here or there, but more than anything I wanted to educate about the what's and why's (why not eat this, what are excitotoxins and why to avoid them, what can exposure to the sun do for our health, why are essential oils so good to use, etc)
And while those topics are constantly brewing in my mind, and are most likely coming in the future, it seems to keep turning back to food every time I decide to do a blog post!
Recently I took the Rejuvenation Diet course at the Nordblom International Institute of Rejuvenation in Montana. It is very hard for me to quantify all that I learned in a short paragraph because it was so educational and inspirational the whole time! Something that really became impressed in my mind is HOW MUCH we actually eat, but HOW LITTLE food our bodies actually need. I know, I know, you're thinking that I'm off my rocker. But any look around any public facility (or even your home) will show that we consume way too many calories and don't need to. Eating feeds more emotional and mental needs than it does physical. As humans, we have the basic needs of security, love and nutrition. It's apparent that we're mixing up these needs and are turning to food for security and love instead of for sustenance (shoveling a bowl of ice cream after a break up? throwing back chocolate during a stressful time? stuffing warm restaurant bread down your throat because it reminds you of home? - yes, we are emotional eaters!). Don't worry, I fall in to this category just like you do.
It's not our fault though, it's something that has been inherited from past generations, going way, way back. When food began to become plentiful to societies, it was a sign of wealth, luxury and abundance to eat like a king. Now we eat like kings and queens every day and don't even think anything of it! We can literally get by in a day with a handful or two of berries, a stalk or two of kale, a carrot and a few almonds. By ways of nutrition, this is really all our body needs. We're not out there burning 3,000 calories trying to build shelter in a tree or shivering in the cold snow unprotected. We have plush lifestyles, and with that we think we are doing so much all the time that we need to keep eating to fuel ourselves. And those who are doing crossfit or extreme working out, thinking they need to bulk up on protein because their muscles need it, I have a blog post in the works for you soon :) For now, it's sufficient to let you know that animal protein molecules are TOO BIG for our body to absorb in the intestines, and the blood vessels of our body actually get clogged from these molecules. This causes the body to not only NOT absorb the protein from animals products, it blocks the blood vessels and stagnates circulation as well. Hmm, think twice before downing that next protein shake! (it's full of chemicals you don't want to put in your body anyway, I promise you won't miss it!)
Well, stepping off my soapbox now, I want to let you know that I love food as much as the next person. We all eat too much, but I'm giving in because it's going to take years to "un-learn" how to eat so much! I will always have emotional ties to food in some way or another. But I can at least be aware of it and feed my body what it needs nutritionally, and not always what it wants emotionally or mentally! And I'm enjoying being creative in the kitchen, finding ways to make dishes that taste good, are minimal in ingredients (kind of! we only have enzymes to digest one thing at a time, that salad with 20 ingredients is doing you no good) are decently easy to prepare, and are vegan, gluten free, soy free, sometimes raw and are from 100% whole organic food. I am not a master chef, sometimes I make things that turn out really gross, and other times they are just ok. I make a crazy mess in my kitchen when I am creating and when the ideas are churning. I am NOT a photographer and have no idea how to take pretty pictures of my food. I use my cell phone in a not so well lit kitchen and that's it!
So with that disclaimer, here is my latest recipe!!
Raw Apple Cinnamon Buckwheat Porridge
- 1/2 c organic raw buckwheat groats
- 1/2 c organic raw sunflower seeds
- 2 organic apples
- 3 dates
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla powder (Sunfood brand)
- 1 tsp organic raw maca powder
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- organic raisins
- organic banana (optional)
The night before:
- Combine the buckwheat and sunflower seeds in a glass bowl, cover with water and let soak over night
- Put the dates in a glass bowl and just barely cover with enough water, let soak overnight
- Drain the water from the buckwheat, sunflower seed mixture, rinse well and add to food processor
- Pulse in food processor until it's blended but chunky
- Scrape mixture in to a bowl and set aside
- Add soaked dates/water, apples, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla powder and maca to the food processor
- Pulse this mixture in to a smooth puree
- Combine seeds and puree and mix by hand until they are well blended together, do not do this in the food processor because it will become too mushy!
- Scoop in to cereal bowl, top with raisins and chopped banana. The raisins really help make it!
I will be the first one to say that I am not a fan of any apple cinnamon flavor combination. This does not taste like apple cinnamon to me! It has more of an aromatic chai flavor because of the cardamom and vanilla. The maca gives it a slightly malted flavor which makes it hearty. It's really quite tasty, and my husband liked it too. If he likes it, then I figure it's good for the general public, he's my guinea pig :) I love hearty breakfasts and could eat this all the time! And because of the maca and the fact that this breakfast is raw, it's very energizing and a great way to start the day. I hope you like it :)