Beloved Buckwheat Health Benefits and Recipes
Have you been wondering what “whole grains” mean? Or, which ones are the best for you? A whole grain is an unprocessed grain that contains more fiber, protein, and at least seventeen key nutrients. Once a grain has been processed, it loses a lot of the great stuff that we want. Grains that are not considered whole are white flour, white bread, and white rice. Buckwheat is actually a seed that is naturally gluten free. Most consider it a whole grain. I really like to recommend foods that have multiple health benefits and for many people that have food sensitivities that can also enjoy. Women who are living with celiac disease, or who experience migraines or acne from gluten, can eat buckwheat as well.
A. Buckwheat Waffles: Buckwheat is a perfect grain to add to breakfast. Waffles can be eaten at any time of the day; they can be as sweet as you want or savory. These buckwheat waffles are a super healthy alternative to regular white flour waffles that lack all nutritional value. Very easy to prepare: 1 ½ cups buckwheat flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt, pinch of cinnamon, 2 whole eggs, 2 egg whites, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 cup cashew milk. Blend these ingredients together and add to your waffle maker. Add some blueberries and raspberries on top for even more anti-aging antioxidants and fiber. Drizzle on top 2 tablespoons of raw honey or pure 100% organic maple syrup.
B. Cold Buckwheat Salad: This is a cool and satisfying buckwheat salad that packs a punch with nutrients and health benefits. Using buckwheat as the base, this salad is heartier than your normal leafy greens so you can stay full and focused for longer. This refreshing salad contains: 1 cup of buckwheat, ½ chopped cucumber, 1 chopped green bell pepper, 1 chopped tomato, 2 sprigs of fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, and black pepper. In this little meal you have a healthy serving of whole grains that will leave you feeling full for hours, heart healthy oils, and vegetables that provide extra antioxidants for beautiful eyes and skin.
C. Raw Vegan Buckwheat Bars: Lastly, this is an excellent power bar recipe you can meal prep at the beginning of the week and be ready to pack as an on the go snack or your child’s lunch box. Raw, unheated, uncooked goodness that requires 1 ½ cups sprouted buckwheat, ½ cup chopped dates, ¼ cup raw cacao powder, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, ¼ pink Himalayan sea salt, 1 tablespoon tahini, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, ¼ chopped walnuts or cashews, and finally ¼ teaspoon cinnamon. Use a food processor to blend the dates, vanilla, sea salt, tahini, coconut oil, cacao powder, and cinnamon until a paste forms. Shut the processor off and slowly mix in the nuts and buckwheat until well combined. Scoop out and flatten the mixture onto a baking sheet and freeze for an hour. Cut into slices with a sharp knife and store in the freezer for extra crunchiness!
Buckwheat is packed with antioxidants that may prevent high blood pressure, diabetes, and digestive disorders such as leaky gut, bloating, and constipation. A single serving of this amazing little seed provides B vitamins, phosphorus, and zinc. It also provides 34% of your daily value in manganese and 21% of your daily value in magnesium. Here are the ABC’s of how to incorporate buckwheat into your cooking!