Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Peanut Butter Flax Cereal

Let's face it, breakfast gets boring. Especially healthy breakfasts. This cereal will change your breakfast routine. And there are a ton of different things you can add so it's always different. Aside from it tasting yummy, it's extremely good for you. The "cereal" is actually ground flax. Flax meal is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and more. Depending on what you add to the base flax meal, this breakfast will be your powerhouse meal of the day. The fiber and protein will keep you fuller, longer and the omega-3s, as well as another component of the flax called lignans, act as natural anti-inflammatories. Between the flax, peanut butter and fruit, you're getting every micro and macro nutrient you need to feel good all morning. I add pumpkin seeds for even more of a nutritional boost. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. And the cinnamon also boosts the healthy-ness of this meal. Cinnamon has been shown to help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood triglycerides. Not bad for a little spice. This meal is completely grain-free, gluten-free and vegan. Here is the basic recipe of the meal, but experiment with different additions. The possibilities are endless.

Peanut Butter Flax Cereal

4 tbs ground flax meal
1/2 cup boiling water
2 tbs natural peanut butter
1 medium banana, sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds

Place the flax meal into your bowl. Add the boiling water and stir until all the flax is moistened by the water. Let the mixture sit for a minute or two to thicken. Add your peanut butter and mix thoroughly. Add your bananas and pumpkin seeds and sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Yum!

Notes: I use regular, natural peanut butter (ingredients: peanuts and possibly sea salt...nothing else!) but I've also enjoyed this with almond butter (again, made with just almonds and possibly sea salt) and Nuttzo's creamy dark chocolate nut and seed butter for just a hint of super yummy sweetness. Remember though, only use a serving size of whatever butter you use, which is typically 2 tbs. With regard to the fruit, really any fruit is great to add. I have bananas on hand most of the time so that's usually what I use. But berries of any kind are also a good choice. And other seeds you can add are hemp seeds or chia seeds. Only add a serving size of the seeds you add as they will increase the calorie/fat content (though healthy fat) of the dish. But the seeds will help increase the nutritional value of the meal and the added fiber and omega 3s will help keep you fuller. For those of you that are athletes running/biking/working out for longer than 90 minutes at a time, this is a great recovery meal.

Happy eating!

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