Beautiful Buckwheat

Care of Ashley Sauve Despite it’s name, buckwheat is totally gluten-free and completely unrelated to wheat! In fact you may be surprised to learn that it’s not a grain at all but actually is related to plants like rhubarb and chard. Buckwheat is often referred to as a ‘pseudograin’ because it can be used the same way as many grains, including ground into a flour product. Thanks to a high concentration of phytonutrients called flavonoids, buckwheat has a variety of notable health benefits. Most notably, it has a great protective effect on cardiovascular health by protecting against the development of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. In fact, a study of the Chinese population who have a diet high in buckwheat found that the diet was associated with lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher HDL (healthy) cholesterol! Buckwheat is also very low glycemic when consumed whole as groats. Whole buckwheat groats are very satisfying thanks to their high fiber content and slow digestion. As a whole grain, it is associated with lowered rick of cancer, diabetes,   heart disease, obesity and many other diseases. Buckwheat is truly a superfood in it’s own right and is easily incorporated into your daily diet… Read More

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Blackberry Pear Overnight Buckwheat

Care of Ashley Sauve Move over overnight oats, there’s a new kid in town! This recipe is easy to throw together the night before, and makes for a quicker, healthier morning.  Serves 1 Ingredients  1/3 cup raw buckwheat groats ½ cup almond milk ¼ cup frozen blackberries (or mixed berries) 1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional) ½ pear, sliced ½ cup fresh blackberries Directions 1. In a small bowl, cover the buckwheat with 3 inches of water, let soak 6-12 hours. Drain and rinse well to remove gelatinous coating. 2. In a blender, combine almond milk, frozen berries and maple syrup and blend until smooth. 3. In your container of choice (mason jars work well) combine rinsed buckwheat with blended berry milk and mix well. Top with pears and fresh blackberries. Store in fridge overnight and enjoy in the morning!… Read More

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