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Monday, September 24, 2012

Hot Seed Breakfast Cereal

I used to be a huge fan of breakfast cereal. My favorite cereals were Peanut Butter Captain Crunch, Honey Nut Cherrios, Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal packets, Quaker Oat Squares...huge fan of cold cereal. As I went gluten and dairy free my breakfast cereal choices were extremely limited. I found other options and I started drinking rice milk and that was okay. I would eat hot rice cereal with maple syrup and ghee or gluten-free oatmeal. Then the real shocker came when I found out that I had to limit my intake of sugar and eat higher amounts of protein because I had low blood sugar and hypoglycemia. Boo, what was I to do? Breakfast cereals weren't on my list.

I started eating eggs for breakfast with sauteed greens, which I love. I would blend up protein shakes and sometimes I'd just have lunch or dinner stuff for breakfast. Now I don't really believe that breakfast has to be cereal centric.

But, recently I was trying to come up something quick and easy and totally approved for blood sugar issues. This cereal can be hot or cold, but since it turned cool I decided to add warm water instead and I like it even better. This certainly fits my allergen-free lifestyle and its easy to prep. This is really versatile so once you have your flax and chia base you can really add whatever you like. Make your own concoction and share with us.

  • 2 tbsps Flax Seeds (mix dark brown and golden for a visually appealing cereal)
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
Tasty Mixins - Add a few and mix it up day to day
  • 1 tbsp Hempseeds
  • 1 tsp. Sesame Seeds
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1 Scoop of your favorite protein powder (right now I have been adding chocolate flavor so my cereal tastes a little like brownie batter)
  • 1 tsp. Golden Berries
  • 1 tsp. Goji Berries
  • 1 tsp. Raw Cacao Nibs
  • 5-10 drops of Liquid Stevia (or to taste)

Hot Seed Breakfast Cereal - MaryLangfield.com
  1. Grab a glass bowl (larger than you think you need the first few times). Put the flax and chia in the bowl and add any dried fruits like the goji and golden berries.
  2. Add warm/hot water. I usually add about a cup of water, but it depends on what you want the consistency to be. These two really thicken up when wet so if you want the cereal more runny and not oatmeal then add more water. (I boil my water in advance and let the water temp cool a bit to warm because I don't want to overheat the nutrients in the flax and chia, but boiling water will work too).
  3. Stir, stir, stir
  4. Add your yummy mixins
  5. Stir, stir, stir
  6. Add water if its too thick.
Add other tasty options like:
  • Superfoods like Maca, Bee Pollen, Aloe Vera, Coconut (1 tsp. of oil, 1 ounce milk or shredded flakes)
  • Nuts (Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews, Brazil, Pine....)
  • Fresh Berries (Blueberries, Cherries, Raspberries, Strawberries...)
  • Sunflower seeds