It's time the smoothies got the flick and you start putting in some real sustenance in to fuel your body through these cooler mornings. This means warm, cooked foods such as roots, seeds and warming spices.
From a naturopathic perspective, warm food as well as warming spices have the ability to increase our digestive capacity making our bodies more efficient at breaking down and absorbing our foods. Cinnamon, for example, is herbally known as an aromatic digestive as well as a circulatory stimulant. It increases our digestive fire and assists in promoting blood flow so our nutrients are delivered to the areas that need them the most. Increasing the temperature within you also supports your basal metabolic rate and can be beneficial for those with a slow thyroid or anyone trying to boost their metabolism in general. Mechanically, a warm, cooked meal is also much easier for our bodies to break down so if your digestion is going a bit slow or you feel as if you hit a wall straight after breakfast because your digestion takes up all your energy, something like this porridge will be just the thing for you.
Buckwheat is a little powerhouse seed. It has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years as gluten-free foods have become a lot more prominent.
Buckwheat is particularly high in magnesium - a nutrient useful in muscle relaxation, the cardiovascular system and for regulating your blood sugar levels. Recent research has shown that magnesium is able to increase our insulin sensitivity making it a possible treatment option for people with insulin resistance (such as those with PCOS) or at risk of developing diabetes. However, a little blood sugar loving never hurt anyone so don't think it is exclusive to those with a diagnosed condition.
On top of this, it has a good amount of protein and also takes care of a portion of your fibre requirements for the day.
These three things combined make it a nutritional dream for a breakfast meal. Protein-rich, nourishing and it won't love you and leave an hour later but rather stick around for the long-haul to make sure your tummy stays fuller for longer (well until lunch time anyway!)
Spiced Buckwheat Porridge
preparation time 2 minutes
cooking time 20 minutes
1/2 a cup of raw buckwheat, rinsed
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of cardamom
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon of honey/brown rice syrup/maple syrup (or equivalent amount of stevia if you are sugar free)
- place all the ingredients into a pan and bring to a gentle boil
- allow the mixture to gently simmer for around 20 minutes. By that time, the liquid should be almost gone
- put it in a bowl, pour your favourite nut milk over it, add your favourite fruit and nuts and enjoy
Pictured with dried apple, coconut, currants, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. Topped with a few crushed nuts and enjoyed with socks on, tucked back into bed with the sun coming through the windows (well, at least it felt like that when my eyes were shut)
Roberta is trained in clinical nutritional medicine and has a strong belief that food is the most powerful form of medicine and should be used first and foremost where possible. If you would like more information on nutrition and how you can get the most out of your diet, contact Roberta at firstname.lastname@example.org or send through an enquiry.
Mooren, F., Krüger, K., & Völker, K. (2011). Oral magnesium supplementation reduces insulin resistance in non-diabetic subjects – a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial. Diabetes, Obesity …, 13, 281–284. Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1463-1326.2010.01332.x/full