Primal Porridge & Why Wheat is Addictive
I lucked into this yummy recipe this week. I was feeling a bit bored with my usual breakfasts, started experimenting and voila! Primal Porridge! Delicious and satisfying, unlike carb-based cereals, this porridge will actually satiate appetite for 4 hours!
Oh and by the way, did you know that wheat is FREAKING ADDICTIVE?! I’m reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and am learning some crazy stuff, such as: Wheat crosses the blood-brain barrier (a central nervous system mechanism which protects us from bad guys) and stimulates morphine receptors in the brain (gluteomorphins). Crazy! When we eat wheat, our body breaks down the gluten into smaller polypeptides. “Because the polypeptides look to the brain’s receptors like endorphins (the naturally-produced proteins that produce “runner’s high” and act like opioids), the wheat polypeptides bond readily to the brain.” Even crazier is that these gluteomorphins respond to the opiate-blocking drug naloxone! People who took naloxone for a wheat experiment experienced reduced appetite & consumed over 30% fewer calories at lunch and over 20% fewer calories at dinner. They weren’t trying to get high off of wheat-based carbs.
Aren’t you excited to try this wheat-free breakfast alternative now?
Ingredients & How To:
- 2 tsps. chia seeds
- 2 T ground flaxseed (also called flax meal)
- 1/2 cup raw or organic full-fat milk
- Optional, also add 1/4 cup raw or organic cream if your body feels better when you eat more fat.
- 1/4 cup finely shredded coconut, unsweetened
- Handful each of pecans, pumpkin seeds, and goji berries (or any nuts, seeds and berries you love).
- 3-5 drops hazelnut (or plain) stevia
In a cereal bowl add chia seeds and flaxseed.
Right away, add milk and cream so that the seeds start to gel, making a thick, porridge-like consistency. I like a lot of fat, so I use more raw cream than milk, but do what works for you. Full-fat coconut milk is also great if dairy doesn’t agree with you.
Next, shredded coconut (finely shredded works better than flakes in this recipe) and your favorite nuts, seeds, and berries. I used soaked/dehydrated nuts and seeds because they are more digestible, higher in enzymes and protein, and lower in anti-nutrients such as phytic acid. Check out this video to learn how to do this.
Stir in stevia and enjoy! The slower you eat it, the more liquid the chia and flax will absorb, so you may want to add a little more milk and/or cream if it becomes too thick.
SUPER tasty, loaded with healthy fat, calcium, fiber, Omega-3’s, and antioxidants.