Wheat Belly Foods – Trying Out Buckwheat Hot Cereal for Breakfast

Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013

bodredmillsbuckwheathotcerealContrary to popular belief, buckwheat is not a grain, but instead, a fruit – of all things. It is also a wheat-free food that you can incorporate into a Wheat Belly (or wheat-free) diet.

I’m looking forward to having a hot cereal for breakfast because I’ve definitely had my fill of eggs. I selected Bob’s Red Mill Organic Whole Grain Creamy Buckwheat Hot Cereal to try out.

To make, add ¼ cup of Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Buckwheat to a large bowl with ¾ cup of water. Cover the bowl (I used a plate) and microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes. (I cooked it for 3 minutes, and for me, any longer would have produced a hard product). Let stand for 2 minutes, remove and jazz up. To make a larger portion, Bob’s Red Mill offers stovetop directions.

I like creamy oatmeal so I added 1 tablespoon of light cream. A quick taste-test reveals that this is definitely something I can work with. The creaminess is really good. I added 7 drops of Nu Naturals alcohol-free vanilla liquid stevia. The sweetness level is light yet noticeable. You can play around with the kind of sweetener you use, but I personally think something liquid will blend better. That’s just my opinion.  Lastly, I added ½ cup of blueberries. Yum! You can choose other fruits or nuts to enhance the taste…next time, I may use finely chopped walnuts or almonds.

My appetite and taste buds definitely felt satisfied after eating the Creamy Buckwheat concoction and from what I have been eating lately on the Wheat Belly Diet – this was a real treat.

The Health Factor

As a highly recommended plant source of protein, buckwheat is rich in lysine, one of the amino acids you won’t find in many grains. You also benefit from its magnesium, which helps relax arteries and encourage healthy blood circulation. According to Bob’s Red Mill, eating Organic Creamy Buckwheat may help postpone hunger pangs. The USDA and other research also suggest that buckwheat will keep glucose levels more stable than many other carbohydrates.

By the Numbers

¼ cup dry creamy buckwheat
(makes ¾ cup prepared)

  • 140 calories
  • 10 fat calories
  • 1 gram fat
  • 30 grams carbs
  • 2 grams fiber
  • 5 grams protein

% RDV (Recommended Daily Value)

  • Fiber – 8%
  • Iron – 8%

Food Tip – It’s best to keep this type of product refrigerated or frozen.

 

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