Most of the things we think of as “flour” or “cereal” are just seeds, seeds that need their hulls removed before we can consume them. They are ubiquitously high in non-fiber carbohydrate and require extra processing before they get to us. They’ve become the backbone of our national food chain and dominate not only agriculture, but also grocery space and transit energy.

woman of color being contemplative: rethinking our morning meal

And, by and large, they are killing us. The grocery aisles of cereals, breads, pastas, the thickeners used in almost every soup and sauce, they are the hidden binder in our diets and notoriously difficult to avoid.

Seeds that require less processing are often higher in beneficial fats - omega-3s, protein and the fiber that that we’re supposed to be getting from our oats, cereals and grains.

Seeds like chia and flax and hemp. Seeds that have so much fiber and such helpful fats that they fill us faster and we need less. I wonder if this is why they’re not the national go to?

Did you know you can make a “cereal” that will give you so much energy, fill you up and make your digestion absolutely hum…. all from these seeds?

And you’ll have all the heart healthy, blood sugar and cholesterol lowering benefits of the higher fiber than oats or other cereal grains with a level of carbs that actually lets your body use these benefits to fight inflammation… rather than just counteracting the carbs you ingested with the lower fiber of cereal grains.

3.5 ounces of oats contain 389 calories, 66 grams of carbohydrate, 11 of which are fiber (leaving about 55 that turns to sugar in the body), about 5 grams of mono and polyunsaturated fat and 17gm of protein.

Contrast that with 3.5 ounces of chia seeds: 486 calories with 42 grams of carb, 34 of which are fiber, leaving only 8 to turn to sugar, 30.7 grams of fat, 75% of which are omega-3s and 17 grams of protein.

Flax seeds for the same amount: 534 calories, 41 grams of fat, 28 grams of fiber and 20 gm of protein.

With a little “coffee” grinder that you can get at most kitchen stores, big box, amazon, department stores, dime stores if you still have one for about 10 bucks, you can grind these little gems right before you eat them, preserving the nutritional value remarkably. Add some walnuts or blueberries, a little stevia or monk fruit, drench it in unsweetened almond milk or your favorite similar and you’ll have a meal that keeps you going with no cliff drop in energy, keeps you super regular, solves many bowel regularity issues, stabilizes blood sugar, helps your cholesterol/triglyceride numbers, enhances your body’s ability to produce hormones without adding disruptors and generally makes you feel awesome.

Just be sure you use no more than 2-3 tablespoons total at first - it will expand! - and plenty of that almond milk or whatever and stay hydrated. Chia and flax absorb many (sometimes up to 12) times their weight in liquid, so if you’re not using enough liquid, or you start out dehydrated, you can have trouble in the bathroom.

But you start your day with 8-16 ounces of clear water anyway, right? If you don’t yet, start with that: right out of bed, drink your clear water, as quickly as you’re comfortable. It helps your digestion, will wake you up in a way that feels clear and bright and you will drink more water all day long.

If you’re not already doing that, do that for a week. Then add in your seed breakfast. Let me know how you feel! I’m headed off for mine right now….. nom, nom, nom…. I’m adding coconut flakes today.