Mar 05, 2014

Raw Sprouted Buckwheat Granola + What is True Hunger?

You bet. I have another breakfast recipe for you. I think this makes three in a row. You may be wondering why so many breakfasts from my kitchen. Well, I’ll tell you… my honey and I have decided to change the way we’re eating a bit. We’re having breakfast and an early dinner. No lunch! So I’ve been on a quest to create more interesting and highly nutritious breakfasts that will last us through the day. Now that may sound a bit weird or extreme but stay with me here while I explain…

Do you eat when you’re hungry? Or do you eat because it’s “lunch time” or “dinner time?” What had been happening to me lately was the latter. I was eating simply because it was “time to eat.” And I almost NEVER felt true hunger. What is true hunger? I learned about the difference between true hunger and something called “toxic hunger” from Dr. Fuhrman. Most Americans never experience true hunger. Toxic hunger is another story.

When you’re hungry, or think you are hungry, do you experience:

  • lightheadedness?
  • a growling stomach?
  • headaches?
  • weakness?
  • irritability?

Guess what? That isn’t true hunger but rather the symptoms of toxic hunger. Foods that are highly concentrated in macronutrients (fat, carbohydrate and protein) are addictive. When the body stops digesting that food, it will start to detoxify from the effects it has had on the body. So one will feel weak, shaky, headachy, etc. That’s right. It’s like a person who drinks coffee and then quits gets headaches and is pretty cranky, right? The same thing happens when you’ve been eating a diet that is high in things like oil, salt, sugar and animal protein. The body will naturally detoxify from these substances when it’s not busy digesting. But since most people mistake these symptoms for hunger, they eat more and more, thus the current obesity epidemic in our country.

True hunger is felt in the throat and in the mouth, not in the stomach. It took me almost a year to abolish all of my toxic hunger from the addictive foods I had eaten my whole life. Now I actually feel true hunger and I had never experienced it before. Maybe I did once, when I was pregnant. Here’s the thing about true hunger… food tastes a thousand times better when you’re actually hungry!

So I have decided to eat only when I am hungry and I am absolutely LOVING it. I am also more in touch with how much I need to eat and I’m enjoying my food so much more! I’m not necessarily saying that you should not eat lunch, especially if you work full time and are otherwise active and busy. I just happen to have a slower metabolism than some people and this is really working for me. I do recommend eating only when you are truly hungry, though. Okay, on to today’s recipe…

This cereal has tons of nutrients and it’s really crunchy! If you’ve ever had sprouted buckwheat cereal you know what I’m talking about. The goji berries add not only a beautiful color but contribute their many health promoting benefits as well. Sprouting and drying buckwheat is a timely process but if you do decide to make it, you can double of even triple the recipe as it stays fresh in a sealed container for a long time.



  1. Sprout and dehydrate the buckwheat per the instructions in the recipe link above.
  2. Core the apples and cut into quarters, then pulse in a food processor until chopped rather finely, but not mushy. Toss with the lemon juice.
  3. Spread the apples out in single layers and dehydrate in a food dehydrator until completely dry (mine took about 12 hours). You can do this in the oven on “WARM” in less time but it will no longer be a raw recipe.
  4. When the apples are dry, mix them with the buckwheat and the other ingredients. 
  5. Serve with your favorite fresh fruits, some chopped nuts of your choice and plant-strong milk.

Makes about 1 quart of dry cereal. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

2 responses to “Raw Sprouted Buckwheat Granola + What is True Hunger?”

  1. Treesa says:

    This recipe inspires me to try buckwheat again. Last time I think I sprouted a bit too long as it tasted off. Haven't tried again since, despite having bags of it in cold storage. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Helyn says:

    You're welcome Treesa! Enjoy!

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