Seeds. Pumpkin, chia, flax and hemp, to name a few. Seeds are often small but pack an oversized nutritional punch. Rich in healthy essential Omega 3 fatty acids (meaning we have to get them from the foods we eat) and high in much needed vitamins and minerals, seeds are a healthy food to incorporate into your diet.
The following recipe is comprised almost entirely of seeds. I often eat it for breakfast as it is a nourishing way to start the day. I make it in large batches which I store in the refrigerator to have on hand. Please adapt this recipe to your personal tastes. Add in other things you like, for example sunflower seeds or nuts.
A word about quality of seeds. Because they are so high in oil, it is important to make sure the seeds have not gone rancid. If so, they will have a musty, old odor and should not be used. If possible, smell the seeds before purchasing. Otherwise buy them from a store where they have a fresh stock due to consistent turnover. In the best case scenario, buy your seeds whole ( as opposed to pre ground), grind them as needed and refrigerate.
Warming Breakfast Cereal
1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds
1 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
2 Tbsp. shredded coconut
¼ tsp. cinnamon
coconut, almond, hazelnut, hemp or milk of your choice
fruit if desired
Grind all flax, pumpkin, chia and hemp seeds in food processor or blender. Stir in cinnamon.
Put in bowl, add enough hot water to cover and let set for at least 5 minutes to hydrate the seeds.
Add preferred milk and fruit if desired.
Recipe adapted from Andrea Nakayama