I love this gluten free chocolate porridge with some almond milk, cocoa nibs and berries! It’s a great source of important vitamins, minerals and healthy fats to start the day with – without feeling hungry again in a few hours.
Some health benefits of the ingredients:
Buckwheat has an impressive nutritional profile and it’s gluten-free despite the name (wheat). Buckwheat is essential for cleaning and strengthening intestines due to its insoluble fibrous properties. It has higher levels of minerals than other grains, esp. zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium. It’s also a great source of quality proteins and fatty acids. Sprouting increases buckwheat’s nutritional value many times.
Raw cacao is claimed to have a lot of heath benefits! For example, it can improve your memory, increase your bliss, reduce heart disease, shed fat, boost immunity with its rich antioxidant content, and create loads of energy.
Dates are rich in vitamin B6, niacin, pantothenic acid accompanied by minerals such as copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium and iron. Dates can boost your energy levels, improve digestive health and treat or prevent anaemia. They are also helpful for the body’s immune system, electrolyte balance and muscle function.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are some of the world’s oldest source of nutrition and real powerhouses what comes to their nutritional content! They have essential fatty acids and they are high in protein, chock-full of antioxidants and high in fibre which helps boost your metabolism. Sunflower seeds are a good source of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium and molybdenum (which detoxifies the body from free radicals for example). Sesame seeds are a great source of folic acid, which is essential for brain and nerve function. Sesame seeds also contain iron, magnesium, omega-6 fatty acids and Co-enzyme Q10, which plays a central role in energy metabolism. Cashew nuts are filled with good fats and antioxidants. They are great for metabolism, good blood clotting, iron absorption and bone formation.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil doesn’t oxidise as easily as soft vegetable fats like canola oil which means coconut oil is great for cooking. It contains a lot of medium-chain fatty acids (including Caprylic acid, Lauric acid and Capric acid), which means that it’s easy for the liver to produce energy of them. Some athletes have found coconut oil very useful to maintain quick energy and boost their immunity. Virgin coconut oil also boosts metabolism and increases the body temperature. So if you feel frozen, try 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil before a meal, 3 times a day. That works for weight loss too!
Almond milk contains healthy fats, calcium and vitamin D for bones, vitamin E for skin health and a set of vitamin B’s for example for muscle growth and healing.
Wild blueberries are the king of antioxidant food that can reduce DNA damage. They are great for brainpower and memory improvement, healthy bones and healthy heart and so much more.