Hello! I’m Frances and I'm delighted you’ve found The Blushing Beetroot. This is my first ever attempt at blog writing and I’m so excited to be able to share some of my healthy food creations with you.
I’m a full time mum of two little ones. I find I’m cooking so much now and experimenting a lot with different foods and dishes that I’d like to record and share them with you. Also it gives me something to keep my brain from going totally rusty!!
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This is possibly the easiest recipe I’m going to post. Why? Because there’s only 2 minutes of cooking! You then simply mix together all your chosen ingredients and enjoy. Couldn’t be easier. With a homemade muesli you get to pick and choose the exact combination of grains, seeds, nuts and dried fruit that you like. Too often shop bought muesli has too much added sugar, dried fruits preserved in sulphur dioxide or added sunflower oil. This muesli is clean, healthy and gluten free . Enjoy with a splash of organic milk ( dairy or non dairy) or give making your own almond milk a go! Post to follow soon!
Portion – 1
Prep – 5 minutes
Cooking- 2 minutes
• 1 tbsp gluten free oats.
• 2 tbsp buckwheat flakes.
• 1 tbsp desiccated or flaked coconut.
• 1 tbsp mixed seeds. (I used pumpkin and sunflower).
• 1 tbsp mixed nuts. ( I used almonds, walnuts, cashew and Brazil).
• 10 g dark chocolate snipped into nibs.
• 2 dates finely chopped.
• 1/4 – 1/2 apple coarsely grated.
• pinch of cinnamon if desired.
• handful of blueberries.
• 1-2 tbsp flaked almonds.
Place the flaked almonds into a frying pan without oil and dry fry for 1-2 minutes until golden.
Mix all ingredients together. Transfer into your breakfast bowl and enjoy with milk of your choice.
Here’s the juicy bit . . . .
Buckwheat is a fantastic wholegrain. By wholegrain I mean it has not been stripped of its nutrients. It still has the bran layer where all the fibre is found. The germ is also intact and here’s where you’ll get the nutrients eg vitamins and minerals. Nowadays too many carbohydrates have been refined. White rice and white pasta are two common examples. These are stripped of the bran layer and the germ leaving only minimal nutrients from the starchy endosperm.
Buckwheat is gluten free. Gluten is a sticky protein which a lot of people find difficult to digest. It can irritate the lining of your digestive system and reduce the absorption of nutrients thereby leaving some people deficient in certain nutrients. If you are gluten sensitive or intolerant it’s important you avoid foods containing gluten. There are a number of foods which contain gluten but wheat, barley and rye are the biggest offenders.
Buckwheat is high in B group vitamins which are water soluble and cannot be stored in the body. This group of vitamins have a wide and varied list of functions ranging from aiding in the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and thereby enabling the body to gain energy from their metabolism. B vitamins also have a role to play in the production of hormones and producing blood cells to name but a few important roles.