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Energising Maca & Cacao Buckwheat Porridge (GF, Refined-Sugar Free)

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If you’re looking for a delicious yet nourishing breakfast recipe, look no further. This Energising Maca & Cacao Buckwheat Porridge has been my go-to recently because it tastes just like milo (yum) and gives me that little extra boost I need in the mornings. Conveniently, you can get the maca and cacao powder I use in this recipe together as a combo from Organicule Superfoods (10% off with my promo code SSAYANG10 before 30 April 2019!)

Hormonal balance and feeling more energised—who wouldn’t want that? While the amazing benefits of maca powder have always appealed to me, I get the worst stomach cramps and digestive issues everytime I try to eat it raw. I explain why in my latest post but to summarise, I personally find maca works best for me when it’s cooked, similarly to how it is traditionally cooked or fermented to be eaten in Peru, where the maca root originates from.

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This recipe is one of my favourite ways to use maca in a cooked dish. I love having oats in the morning, but buckwheat porridge is a fun way to change things up—I find buckwheat groats more hearty and love that they’re high in minerals and antioxidants. Also despite what it's name may suggest, buckwheat isn’t actually a wheat and is naturally gluten-free. It goes perfectly with the malty chocolatey flavour from the cacao and maca, especially with that extra dash of almond milk!

 

CACAO VS. COCOA—WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

You might also be wondering what the difference between cacao and cocoa is? While both come from the same cacao tree, cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. The process changes the molecular structure of the bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value. In a nutshell, cacao is less processed than cocoa and as such has higher levels of antioxidants and along with a host of other benefits.

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Having cacao, maca and buckwheat together is a powerhouse combination and a great way to start day. I can’t wait for you to try this recipe—let me know what you think in the comments below and don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram!

RECIPE

ENERGISING MACA & CACAO BUCKWHEAT PORRIDGE (VGN, GF, RSF)

SERVES 2


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Ingredients

• ½ cup buckwheat groats, soaked overnight

• ½ cup water

• ½ cup almond milk + extra to serve

• 1 tsp Organicule Maca powder

• 2 tsp Organicule Cacao powder

• ½ tsp ginger powder

• Pinch of salt

 

For serving (optional):

Ground cinnamon, nut/seed butter, fresh fruit, cacao nibs, hemp hearts, coconut nectar

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Method

1. Cook porridge. Drain and rinse the buckwheat groats. Add the buckwheat groats to a medium size heavy-bottomed saucepan along with the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil over a medium heat, and once boiling, turn the heat down. Keep cooking the porridge uncovered for about 20 mins, stirring frequently until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

2. Garnish and serve. Divide the porridge between 2 bowls and top with ground cinnamon, fresh fruit and your other favourite toppings. I like to add a dash more almond milk to mine. Serve and enjoy warm.

 

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5 reasons to fall in love with Hemp Hearts!!!

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Tiny but packed with nutrients and health benefits, hemp hearts are without a doubt an excellent addition to your diet.

Most people have heard of hemp seeds before but not necessarily hemp hearts.

What’s the difference between hemp seeds vs hemp hearts?

Hemp hearts have had the hard-outer shell removed.

Removing the shell increases the overall percentage of protein and essential fatty acids, making hemp hearts an even more concentrated source of nutrients and makes them easier to digest.

They are quickly becoming the next “it” item in the realm of plant-based superfoods. Hemp hearts and many other hemp-containing foods are popping up on menus, store shelves and even at your local coffee shop. 

So here are 5 health benefits of hemp hearts that will surely give you enough reasons to fall in love with them.

1.    Hemp Hearts are incredibly nutritious

Hemp hearts contain over 30% fat. They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked to several health benefits. Hemp hearts are a great protein source, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality protein.

That is considerably more than similar foods like chia seeds and flaxseeds, whose calories are 16–18% protein.

Hemp hearts are also a great source of vitamin E and minerals, such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc.

 

2.    It Improves Heart Health

Hemp hearts live up to their name! They contain the amino acid arginine, which can lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease.

The gamma-linolenic acid found in hemp seeds has also been linked to reduced inflammation, which may decrease your risk of diseases like heart disease

They are rich in phytonutrients and anti-aging antioxidants such as vitamin E that protect the cardiovascular system from damage.

Also, animal studies have shown that hemp seeds or hemp seed oil may reduce blood pressure, decrease the risk of blood clot formation and help the heart recover after a heart attack.

3.    Helps reduce muscle cramps

Hemp hearts are a rich source of magnesium, which has been shown to reduce headaches and muscle cramps as the mineral is involved in proper muscle relaxation.

Adding hemp seeds to shakes can prevent post workout cramps. Hemp also provides substantial amounts of zinc, manganese and iron. These minerals are important for repair of tissues and maintenance of the immune system.

 

4.    It may help reduce symptoms of PMS and Menopause

Some studies suggest that hemp hearts may help with hormonal imbalances that cause menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and depression. They are also helpful for PMS symptoms due to its GLA and magnesium content.

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), found in hemp seeds, produces prostaglandin E1, which reduces the effects of prolactin.

5.    Benefits in skin disorders

Studies have shown that giving hemp seed oil to people with eczema may improve blood levels of essential fatty acids.

The oil may also relieve dry skin, improve itchiness and reduce the need for skin medication.

Hemp seeds contain an especially beneficial type of omega-6 fat called GLA that works in the body as an anti-inflammatory massager.

GLA also supports healthy hair, nail and skin health.

Though hemp seeds have only recently become popular, they are a staple food in many societies and provide excellent nutritional value. 

Overall, hemp seeds are incredibly healthy.  And are one of the few superfoods worthy of their reputation. 

 

If you like to purchase Organicule Hemp Hearts, do check the link to our Hemp Hearts page - https://www.organicule.com/collections/all-products/products/organic-hemp-hearts

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