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Babalicious on Buckwheat

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Wouldn’t it be nice to take a “get gorgeous” pill? The only silver bullet is working from the inside out. You have to eat your way to shimmering beauty. And eating buckwheat is a dazzling means to firm, hydrated skin, sustained energy, and improved digestion. While normally used in place of grains, like rice or cous cous, buckwheat is actually a seed. This makes it a fantastic carb alternative for people with gluten allergies. Some buckwheat can become cross-contaminated with wheat or other gluten products. Always buy the highest quality buckweat and double check with your waiter at a restaurant to ensure that your buckwheat is truly gluten free.

That being said, buckwheat’s robust and dark flavor make it a delicous way to eat to our most attractive selves. Here’s why buckwheat tops the charts:

- Buckwheat’s high in antioxidants that will clear and fortify the skin.
- Buckwheat’s high in minerals that keep the mind and the body relaxed.
- Buckwheat’s a low glycemic food and can help you kick sugar.
- Buckwheat’s a high protein and high fiber food that will satisfy your tummy and detox your body.

Enticed? To prepare a beatuy boosting buckwheat dinner, try the recipe below for something simple and tasty! Remember to only by organic buckweat, and if possible, sprouted. Sprouted grains, nuts, and seeds are easier to digest than non sprouted!

Roasted Vegetables

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1 bell pepper big, (yellow or green)
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1 zucchini medium
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1 tbsp olive oil
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salt to season
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fresh herbs (e.g coriander, oregano, whatever you like…)

Peel and cut all vegetables in bite-sized chunks. Place them on a baking tray. Chop the fresh herbs and add. Salt generously. Then drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil over the vegetables and stir thoroughly so that everything is covered thinly in the oil. Place in the oven and bake at 450 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or vegetables are cooked.

Buckwheat

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1 cup buckwheat (sprouted if you can find it)
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2 cups water

Bring the buckwheat groats to boil in salted water, then simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Most of the water should be absorbed by the buckwheat. Check regularly for doneness, as the buckwheat should always have a bite. Overcooked buckwheat looses its shape and texture.

Salad Dressing

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1 tbsp olive oil
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1 tsp. lemon juice
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1 clove garlic crushed

Mix the dressing and toss all portions together.

CHEF:

Elissa Goodman

Holistic Nutritionist & Lifestyle Cleanse Expert, Los Angeles

Elissa Goodman

After being diagnosed with cancer when she was 32, Elissa Goodman explored holistic alternatives and combined them with traditional treatments and was able to beat the disease. Her husband wasn’t as fortunate; he succumbed to Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when he was only 45 after a regimen of doctor-prescribed chemotherapy and two bone marrow transplants. Her personal experience led her to realize the many ways in which nutrition and lifestyle affect our ability to deal with health challenges.

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