Raw Pumpkin Pie Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding – Four Hours of Fullness
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This month just got even busier.
On Friday, the Lab Rat & I leave for the Farms2Forks Hudson, New York weekend at the Esselstyn Family Farm.
Can’t wait! I plan to take careful notes, and plenty of pictures. If you’re going to be there, please find me, & say hello!
The next weekend we’re headed to Chautauqua, New York for a relaxing weekend at our friends’ 1950’s lakeside cottage. We’re all long-time college friends (except for 2 johnny-come-lately’s–just kidding M & R–from Go Blue U of M) who coincidently are all celebrating their 40th wedding anniversaries this year.
It’s so interesting that my always-present struggle for balance never seems to change. Check out my Chautauqua visit post two years ago. I guess I’m just a work in progress.
View from the Chautauqua Cottage
And then, on to a “much looked forward to” Labor Day Wedding Weekend in a charming college town. We’re staying at the historic haunted inn. Hope I get to see a ghost.
Lots of celebrating, schmoozing, dancing, and both the rehearsal dinner & wedding reception will have vegan options. Amazing, huh? My friends are the best!
Before the Recipes – Three Links I Don’t Want You to Miss
The Unmentionable Link Between Belt Size, Belly Fat, and Sexual & Urinary Problems in Men Over 40
Hey, guys, this one’s for you.
Take a careful look at the table–the one above, I mean–and what happens as belt size increases.
As a Man’s Belt Size Increases, So Does His Risk of Sexual and Urinary Dysfunction.
After age 40, if your waist size is over 39.37 inches, bad things can start to happen.
Read the Press Release Here
The article was just published in BJU International 110(4):540-545, August 2012, Lee, RJ et al “Central Obesiity as measured by waist circumference is predictive of severity of lower urinary tract symptoms” Article abstract here
“As a man’s waistline grows, so can his experience with sexual dysfunction and frequent urination, say researchers at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
‘We have to think of the body in a much more holistic way. What we eat can have devastating consequences on more than just our hearts,’ Dr. Kaplan says. ‘Quality of life issues, such as sexual and voiding health, can be affected as well in drastic ways.’
The study, published in the August issue of the British Journal of Urology International (BJUI), is the first to comprehensively show that obesity in men affects not just their hearts and metabolism, but also their sexual and urinary health.”
The GOOD NEWS: Additional findings conducted since this study was completed show that eliminating just 2.5 inches from the belly’s circumference may lead to measurable improvement in sexual dysfunction and frequent urination, says Dr. Stephen Kaplan.
This really isn’t hot-off-the-press news. Click here & here for the old news.
One Skeptical Thirty-Something’s Plant-Based Experiment
I posted this link on Facebook last week & it received an enthusiastic response.
Just in case you missed it….
My kids know JJ & his wife, so this success story has even more significance for me.
Here’s a fit young man (around the age of my kids) who had been on statins (for very good reasons) since his twenties.
Now he’s not.
JJ’s wife wrote last week:
“My husband has been plant-based (dietary vegan) for a year.
It started as an experiment to see whether eating this way would have a positive impact on his cholesterol. He thought he could improve his lipids by increasing his running. That strategy didn’t work.
He blogged about his experience today and I thought you might be interested in reading his story.
As a side-note, it has been eye opening for us to see how becoming plant-based has changed our view of the world in a positive way. We think more about our animals, our environment and our future. All great side effects that pharmaceuticals could never offer.”
Don’t miss JJ’s brief, but motivating post here.
Dr. Gabe Mirkin Talks Type-2 DIabetes
So, What About about Type-2 Diabetics Who are Thin?
Obesity Does Not Protect Diabetics
THE MOST COMMON CAUSE OF DIABETES:
STORING FAT PRIMARILY IN YOUR BELLY IS A SIGN OF DIABETES
LACK OF MUSCLES CAN CAUSE DIABETES
WHY ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE FAT WHEN THEY ARE DIAGNOSED EASY TO CURE?
WHY ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FAT WHEN THEY ARE DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES MORE DIFFICULT TO CURE?
Let the Recipes Begin
I promised to share these three recent recipes that I love, today, while I have a little free time!
So, dear readers, here you go.
I may not have much time to post anything until after Labor Day, so it’s now or never.
Power-Packed Raw Pumpkin Buckwheat Breakfast Pudding
Buckwheat Breakfast Bliss Made in a Blender – Enough for Five Days
What Raw Buckwheat Groats Look Like After an Overnight Soaking
Looking for a change to your breakfast routine?
Want to expand beyond everyday oatmeal?
Not that there’s anything wrong with oatmeal.
Give raw buckwheat groats a try.
This is so easy to make, loaded with nutrition & taste, and this recipe makes enough to last for five days.
Buckwheat is the highest source of protein in the plant kingdom, with 50% more B-vitamins than wheat. And it’s gluten-free.
Did I mention that it’s high in lysine–an important “not-so-easy-to-get” amino acid—and it’s high in that “hard-to-find” soluble fiber that slows down digestion, which is helpful for keeping blood sugar levels stable. A plus for diabetics.
It’s so satisfying, & I’ll vouch for the claim that buckwheat is a slow-release carb. This breakfast keeps me full for four hours. Really.
Gas-free (unlike steel-cut oats), too! A definite plus. Maybe it’s because of the soaking.
What’s the big deal about buckwheat? For starters, it’s not really a cereal grain, but a seed, related to rhubarb & sorrel. It’s rich in flavanoids, like the antioxidant, rutin, loads of B Vitamins, sky-high in magnesium, potassium, & phosphorus, & it helps to lower glucose levels.
Read everything you’d ever want to know about buckwheat hereand here, in case I missed anything.
As if that’s not enough–the pumpkin in this pudding gives you a mega-high dose of beta-carotene, along with chia for an antioxidant & omega-3 booster shot.
Definitely, one delicious, power-packed breakfast.
Just one serving of my pumpkin buckwheat pudding will give you over 180% of your daily requirement for vitamin A, in the form of alpha and beta carotene. Pumpkin, and other deep orange winter squashes are about as good as it gets in the carotene department.
Need a powerful incentive to load up daily on alpha-carotene? Check out this article in the November 22, 2010 issue of theArchives of Internal Medicine,”Serum Alpha-Carotene Concentrations and Risk of Death Among US Adults”
“[O]ur findings, based on data from a large representative sample of US adults, showed that serum alpha-carotene concentrations were inversely associated with the risk of death from all causes, and death from cardiovascular diseases and cancer. These findings support increasing fruit and vegetable consumption as a means of preventing premature death.”
For a copy of the recipe on one page, click here.
Servings:5 one cup servings.
1. Add the raw groats to large bowl, & soak in 4-5 cups of water. I let them soak overnight, but they need to soak for 1 hour, minimum. Overnight soaking is easy.
2. After soaking, rinse well a couple of times to remove the gelatinous coating.
Happy Healthy Long Life: Vegan Diet