on christmas eve i made a decision that i would eat no sugars or grains for eight weeks starting boxing day. i regularly listen to a health podcast and one of the presenters had done a similar challenge. I had read sweet poison and had bought sarah wilson’s i quit sugar. the signs were out there and i felt like i had to listen and give it a go. food and drinks were already organised for christmas day so boxing day was slated as day one. fun fact: my birthday is exactly eight weeks after boxing day!
so what does that look like? no sugar? yep, no sugar of any kind – no processed sugar, no unprocessed sugar, no fruit sugar, no sugar.
just process that for a moment.
no sugar = no fruit.
no fruit for eight weeks.
bring on my birthday!
i joined an online 8 week challenge and started boxing day with no sugar or grains. i’ve said on here before that breakfast is my favourite meal and i love muesli with fruit mixed in and berries on top. that breakfast was out. bircher muesli? nope, out. a fruit smoothie? nope, out, a banana before a workout? out.
really, what is left to eat? my diet is consisting of vegetables, nuts, seeds, some lentils and beans. i started day one with a veggie smoothie. celery, spinach, cucumber, zucchini and water. to be honest it did not go down smoothly!
i needed to find something that could replace my beloved muesli breakfast. i started experimenting with pancakes and these buckwheat pancakes are on their way to doing the trick. i’m still missing my fruity breakfast. i enjoy eating the pancakes topped with mushrooms, spinach and broccolini but sweet breakfasts are so entrenched in my brain that i’m taking some time to convert to a cooked veggie breakfast.
don’t get me wrong, they are not horrible, but when you’re use to having a sweet, fruit filled breakfast these don’t match the standard. i’ve been having these as a snack as well, with peanut butter, either mid morning or early morning before a run or ride.
despite it’s name, buckwheat is not actually a wheat, it is a seed related to rhubarb. buckwheat has amazing health benefits. It has a high concentration of all amino acids which makes it high in protein. it is rich in iron, zinc and selenium (which helps regulate the thyroid and supports a healthy immune system). so you vegans out there if someone asks ‘where do you get your iron/protein?’ tell them ‘buckwheat’.
pancakes might be the wrong term if you’re thinking of sickly sweet blobs of flour with fruit. because i gave up grains, for me, they are like having a veggies on toast breakfast without the toast. give them a go. they are super easy to make and keep in the fridge in an air-tight container for a week.
what you need
1 cup buckwheat flour
2 tbsp flaxseed
1 scoop protein powder (sometimes i use inca inchi, sometimes hemp protein)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 cups water
½ cup quinoa flakes
½ cup water, extra, if needed
what to do
combine flour, flaxseed, protein and spices
slowly add water while whisking
stir in quinoa, add more water if necessary
place on hot sandwich press, turn when base is cooked
you can cook them in a pan on the hotplate but i love how easy it is on a sandwich press.