chia soaked buckwheat bowl

When fall hits, it's amazing how the body starts craving warming foods. Ayurvedic medicine holds that one of the properties of food is its ability to warm or cool the body, regardless of the temperature of the food (interesting, I know). Instead, it has to do with the foods nonnutritious properties. Want a little snapshot of what warming & cooling foods look like? I thought so! 

warming foods:  

  • cooked & dried fruit
  • cooked vegetables
  • cabbage
  • winter squashes
  • coconut
  • tomato sauce
  • avocado
  • root vegetables
  • tempeh
  • lentils
  • kidney benas
  • potatoes
  • yams
  • oats

 cooling foods

  • raw fruits
  • raw vegetables
  • cucumbers
  •  summer squashes
  • citrus fruit
  • raw tomatoes
  •  papaya
  • leafy vegetables
  • soybeans
  • tofu
  • mung beans
  • sea vegetables
  • bulgue
  • corn

Now, by no means is this a comprehensive list, nor is it true for every one of you! Depending on how your body reacts to these foods, could influence the validity of this list! 

Ok, getting back to the bowl! Did you know, buckwheat doesn't actually contain wheat! Yes it's deceiving, but this pseudograin is totally gluten free (gluten intolerant peeps rejoice). Yes buckwheat is still considered a 'whole grain,' but it is actually the seed of a flowering fruit that is related to rhubarb. It does though have grain like properties, so if you are sick of quinoa or rice, buckwheat can be a fruitful alternative (catch that pun?). 

what you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup buckwheat groats 
  • 1 cup steeped chai tea
  • 1/4 ripe pear 
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seed butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed) 
  • 1 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of sea talk

the steps: 

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine buckwheat groats with your steeped chai tea. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir into the pot cinnamon & sea salt
  3. Remove chai infused buckwheat from the heat and pour into a bowl or mason jar.

topped with:

  • thinly sliced pear 
  • blueberries
  • pumpkin seed butter
  • honey