Beat-the-Blues Banana Buckwheat

If you are following the news, you’ll know that things are tense here in Ukraine.

It is exactly times like these that make me crave carb and sugar-laden foods like mac & cheese and brownies.   For so long, I thought that was a bad thing.

But a good friend taught me to listen to these cravings; that my body probably does want certain foods, just not these processed foods.  They’re sooo tempting, but eventually leave me feeling more depressed than satisfied.

Whole foods are designed to nourish our bodies with more than just fiber and protein.  They also naturally contain nutrients that can help nourish us emotionally.

The ingredients in this recipe contain nutrients–amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fats, etc.–that have been found to reduce stress and promote a sense of calm.  Don’t we all need that?!

Beat-the-Blues Banana Buckwheat

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup of buckwheat groats
1 cup of milk or almond milk
1 banana
1/4 cup halved walnuts
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS:
Heat the buckwheat and 1 cup of water in a shallow pot on low heat until tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, toast the walnuts in a frying pan on low heat (about 10 minutes or so).
Once the groats are extra tender, slice a banana into the pot.
Here comes the part where you work up an appetite and release some pent-up emotions: take a mortar and crush those little groats until they are squished.  This can take up to ten minutes, depending on your mood.  Trust me on this – it creates a really nice texture.
Take the 1/4 tsp. of cinnamon and smell it.
Savor the warm aroma.
Again.
My friend also taught me the importance of savoring a meal, even before you eat it.  She is very wise 🙂
Sprinkle the cinnamon into the buckwheat and mix.
Spoon the mixture into two bowls, pour the milk on top, and sprinkle with walnuts.
Enjoy with a friend – because we are not made to endure tough things alone.

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