Today I want to tell you about a really delicious breakfast cereal that I make for myself several times a week. It's amazing and it's all raw. The reason I want to share this with you is because a lot of cereals out there; packaged and processed cereals, even though they say they are healthy, they're really not! When you look at the list of ingredients, usually the ingredients include gluctose-fructose or high fructose corn syrup, wheat, gluten, colourings, or any number of things that you don't want to put into your body. All of these things cause irritation in the body and they are not something you want to consume, especially on a daily basis.
If you see commercials for healthy cereals, I urge you to really think about what they are trying to sell to you. What I want to share with you today is how you can prepare an unbelievable cereal that is raw and takes literally under 5 minutes to prepare. It is full of whole foods that are going to nourish you throughout the day and get your day started off as best as possible. A lot of people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I'm not too sure that I necessarily agree. Every meal is important. Your health is important.
This cereal is anti-oxidant rich because the main ingredient is fresh berries. You definitely want to start off you day with the best food possible so that you don't feel sluggish and fall asleep at work or at school or wherever you are. My favourite combination is blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. To prepare the cereal, I start off by throwing a few cups of washed berries into a bowl. Next, I add a small handful of chopped walnuts. I keep my walnuts in the fridge or freezer so that their omega 3 quality does not diminish over time. Next I'll add some hemp seeds which are an amazing source of protein. In one tablespoon you will get about 8g of protein. That is huge! So if anyone throws that good ol' question at you: "Where do you get your protein from?" if you are vegan or vegetarian, just tell them that you eat hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are also a great source of omega 3 fatty acids. Sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of hemp seeds on top, or however much you want.
Next I add some sunflower seeds. I usually soak them to bring out the living quality of them and reduce the enzyme inhibitors, but if you forgot to soak them ahead of time then that's alright. Throw on a couple of tablespoons of sunflower seeds.
Ground flax seeds are a must. They are a great source of fiber, lignans, and again, omega 3 fatty acids. You can buy them pre-ground but to get the best quality seeds, just grind them yourself in any coffee grinder. You can also add a little flax seed oil to your breakfast cereal. Again, it's a great source of omega 3. Good fats are essential to our cardiovascular system and to our brain health.
And now for the secret ingredient: shredded coconut. Coconut is another amazing source of healthy fats. The medium chain triglycerides are amazing for fat burning and endurance for sports. Coconuts have anti-bacterial properties as well. They will also help to sustain your hunger a little longer.
I recommend using rice milk or nut milk on your cereal. You can make your own nut milk in the vita-mix no problem using some soaked nuts, water, and a sweetener. Don't worry about draining little chunks; just pour it right on the cereal! Lately we've been using banana milk. We just throw a banana in the blender along with some water and a drop of almond extract. It makes tasty "milk". Just think outside of the box and you'll come up with many, many different milks that you can use. Don't even get me started on cow's milk. Just please don't even bring it into the house!
Now, you may get full pretty fast because this cereal is very filling. But the really great thing about this cereal is that you can put it in the fridge and eat it later because it's not going to get soggy.
You don't have to be a raw foodist to enjoy this amazing cereal. It is full of high quality nutrition and there is no nonsense that you don't want to put into your body like every single cereal out there on store shelves. We've got berries, walnuts, coconut, hemp seeds, flax seeds and oil, sunflower seeds, and some nutritious banana milk on our cereal. Mix and match whatever you want!
One thing is for sure. If you want to lose weight or just simply feel great and maximize the energy that you are experiencing on a daily basis, raw and living foods are going to revolutionize your life, so give this cereal a try. You'll be dumping that old cereal in the garbage straight after!
Yuri Elkaim is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and author of the raw food diet book Eating for Energy. Find out how his work has helped more than 22,000 people lose weight and live their healthiest life ever - visit http://www.eatingforenergy.ca