I’m sure you’ve seen or heard of it – the popular “Skinny” and “Holy” cereals that cost upwards of $10 – $12 for 225g of fibre and protein. I admit, I bought – ONCE. I knew the health benefits (stabilize blood sugar and support weight loss), but was curious to see and taste this Dragon’s Den success story.
Chia is a great source of protein and fibre, and yields the highest source of omega 3s in the plant world. A source of tryptophan (precursor to serotonin – the happy hormone), chia stabilizes your blood sugar and improves insulin sensitivity, working to reduce stomach fat. Hello chia. Good bye muffin top.
Happy for Hemp
Hemp (cannabis sativa) also contains a healthy, happy balanced ratio of omega 3s to 6s. Rich in vitamins A, E, D and B, hemp seeds are a source of plant protein and iron, and act as natural appetite suppressant, helping you feel full for longer.
Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed, not a grain, making it a great substitute in a gluten free meal. High in antioxidants and flavonoids, buckwheat is also associated with improved cardiovascular function, and a great source of manganese, copper and magnesium.
One package and only 6 servings later, I saw the opportunity to make this cereal myself – better and more economically. My modifications quickly transformed a bland skinny melange into something a little more desirable to my taste buds, with an extra dose of nutrition!
Crazy For Coconut and Cinnamon
First, I added coconut flakes. I love coconut. Coconut is a medium chain fatty acid that helps with the absorption of nutrients, provides a nutritional source of quick energy and is linked to numerous other health benefits, including improved immunity, digestion and athletic performance. Crazy addition? Not.
Next, I threw in a dash of cinnamon. Cinnamon not only adds flavour, but it is well known in its ability to balance blood sugar. I add a few drops of Orange Naturals herbal tinctures to my mixture (ground cinnamon works just as well). Finally, I often throw in a small handful of fresh berries for good measure to play up texture, taste and colour. Yum.
So go ahead, try this at home and save a few bucks in the process. Make a big batch and take a few tablespoons in the morning to add to your yogurt, or simply eat as a porridge, as I do.
- 1 cup organic chia seeds
- 1 cup organic hulled hemp seeds
- 1 cup organic buckwheat
- 1 cup organic coconut flakes
- Mix all ingredients in an opaque (dark) container so the light can not reach the ingredients. Store in the refrigerator to prevent the blend from going rancid. Mix 4 tablespoons of your DIY Skinny Cereal with 4 tablespoons of hot water or your favorite milk substitute, like rice or almond milk.
- Add ½ tsp ground Cinnamon or a few drops of Orange Naturals Cinnamon tincture to boost flavour and health benefits. And if in the mood, throw in ¼ cup fresh berries of your choice for texture, taste and colour.