Deliciously Ella’s Buckwheat and Ginger Granola

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It might sound a bit sad, but I was super excited to receive this recipe from Deliciously Ella in my inbox the other day.  I had been on the lookout for a recipe to use a surplus of buckwheat groats and cacao powder I had been saving like I was auditioning for an episode of Hoarders.  A recipe that was also a granola??  So making that!

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The recipe can be found at: http://deliciouslyella.com/buckwheat-and-ginger-granola/

A few things that I did make note of as I was preparing the granola was that because I used dried dates they seemed to take a big longer to soften, and then I had a hard time blending them (I think because my blender is just shit) so I just ended up mashing them with the back of a fork and stirring everything really well.

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Do be sure to check the granola often once it is in the oven.  I checked mine after 15 minutes of cooking as the recipe suggests and then every seven minutes for the duration of the 45 minute cook time.  I felt that the granola was on the cusp of burning after the third time I checked it so I turned the temperature down to 110°C.

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I had some tonight for dessert with plain yogurt and chopped strawberries and it was so good!  The flavor of the granola was rich and nutty and deep.  I’m not sure I would exactly have it for breakfast, but it made an excellent late night snack!

Drinking my Greens

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I try to have a green smoothie almost every day, and my latest favorite recipe is a mash up between two different green smoothies recipes from the Honestly Healthy recipe book and Deliciously Ella.

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One banana
One small portion of cucumber
One celery stick
Half an avocado
Large handful of kale
Small piece of fresh ginger
Four dates
tbsp of ground flaxseed
tbsp of chia seeds
tbsp of spirulina powder
tbsp of almond butter (Meridian is my favorite)
half tbsp of coconut oil

I tend to switch between coconut water and unsweetened almond milk and will fill the blender until it covers 3/4 of the ingredients which usually gives me more than enough for two large pint glasses.

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I know it is probably not the most attractive of colors, but trust me it tastes a lot better than it looks! If you feel it is lacking in sweetness you can always add an extra date.

So what are the benefits you may be wondering??

According to Deliciously Ella: “Green veggies are bursting with chlorophyll which has incredible alkalising, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits, and so leaves you feeling perfectly energised and refreshed. Cucumbers and celery are also full of antioxidants, which are amazing for your skin, while the avocado is bursting with all the good fats you need to feel amazing. Ginger is an amazing addition to the drink too as it’s deliciously soothing for the stomach and works to aid digestion, while the banana doses you up on potassium which is vital for a healthy heart and blood pressure.”

Just what is spirulina??

Described as one of the oldest life forms on Earth, spirulina, the original “superfood”, is a nutrient dense blue-green microalgae that helped produced oxygen in our atmosphere billions of years ago. “Hundreds of studies have confirmed spirulina’s powerhouse status. It has 60-70% complete protein, meaning it has all 8 essential amino acids and 10 non-essential ones that support good health…it contains concentrations of nutrients “unlike any other single grain, herb, or plant.” Some of its other valuable components include: gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, vitamin B12, iron, nucleic acids RNA & DNA, chlorophyll and phycocyanin. Spirulina is highly digestible, protects the immune system, aids in mineral absorption and reduces cholesterol. The high content of vitamin B12 makes it excellent for the development of healthy nerve tissue and the metabolism of every cell in the body. Spirulina is also known for its high content of beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A, an essential nutrient needed for healthy immunity, teeth, bones, mucous membranes, skin and eyes.”

Learn more:
http://www.naturalnews.com/036101_spirulina_superfood_nutrients.html

Chia seeds are packed with Omega 3 fatty acids and are excellent sources of calcium, manganese, phosphorus, protein and tryptophan which helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood. Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat.

Flaxseeds are rich in lignans, one of the major classes of phytoestrogens. They are estrogen-like chemical compounds with antioxidant qualities, able to scavenge free radicals in the body. Flaxseed is also a great source of soluble and insoluble fibers as well as Omega-3 fatty acids.