So, how do we face this year?
For me, with love, honesty, intention and spirit. And for all this we need energy- straight up, brilliant, clean energy.
I want to share with you what i do, i.e, how i fuel myself throughout the day. With the thought that our bodies are truly temples guiding the recipes and tips i offer. Yes our bodies- the true work horses of our existence. We want them happy, healthy and full of as much good stuff as we possibly can.
I start my day, first thing, no matter what, by drinking a litre of water. It both flushes the body and floods it with oxygen- this pretty quickly wakes up all your beautiful cells. Shortly after that i make a tonic, sunshine tonic if you will. Warm (or hot) water mixed with a pinch of turmeric and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. If i’m feeling a bit sluggish i will add 1/2 tbsp of Cider Vinegar, really sluggish and i add a pinch of both ginger and cayenne pepper. This tonic is not only the brightest, happiest colour but it instantly gets your metabolism going, and alkalises your system. The turmeric has awesome anti inflammatory properties and ginger and cayenne are anti- bacterial and great for digestion.
Then, when i’m hungry, i have a big bowl of green smoothie. I’m going to start a series called the Green Smoothie Sessions so i’ll leave out the recipes just now but its always vegetable dense, all, if not more of your five a day and delicious. I top my bowl with whatever fruits and seeds i have to hand- i like to have a mixture of textures in there to keep things exciting. Which is where the Buckwheat Granola comes in.
I love, love, love having something amidst all the green grooviness to sink my teeth into and granola is obviously a good option. However, i don’t really want all that much going on when i’ve already got a bowl full of awesomeness. My Instagram feed is constantly littered with beautiful breakfast bowls and this is where i first encountered Buckinis. In short, activated, flavoured and dehydrated buckwheat, intrigued, i set to making my very own. Once i’d soaked my Buckwheat i thought, what the heck, may as well put the dehydrator to good use and throw into the mix what i would top my smoothies with anyway. And so, 8 hours later, the granola emerged.
Its a lighter granola than most- i omitted nuts and used but the slightest amount of oats so theres really just heaps of seeds, some coconut flakes and some deeeelicious spices. Gently fragrant and perfectly crunchy- happy days. As it is, its rammed full of protein, omegas, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, fibre, the list goes on. Perfect fuel for your perfect body. Its keeps you full but not heavy and does wonders for your bones and muscles.
So, please, start your day with foods that will nourish, replenish and excite you and this granola will certainly help.
(This makes 1 small-ish jar so you can fully increase the quantity to last you as long as you need and if you don’t have a dehydrator- no worries at all, simply cook in your oven at the lowest setting for a few hours with the door ajar or bake at 180c for 10 minutes if you’re not fussed about the rawness)
- 1/2 cup Buckwheat (soaked for 12 hours or sprouted, for even more nutrition)
- 1/4 cup Oats
- 1/2 cup of Seeds- i used a mix of Sunflower, Pumpkin, Flax, Sesame, Chia
- 1/4 cup Coconut Flakes
- 1 tbsp Agave Nectar (or liquid sweetener of choice)
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup (not raw so again its your choice)
- 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
- pinch of each: nutmeg, ginger and cardamon
- Once activated (or sprouted) drain your buckwheat and rinse really well (it releases a funky goo so make sure that all rinsed off)
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients until everything is fully incorporated
- Tip onto a baking sheet and dehydrate at 42c for 8 hours (or bake) until dry and crispy. Keep in a clean, sealed glass jar for about 2 weeks