Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free
Anti-Inflammatory – Nutrient-Rich – Delicious
I decided recently to go back to a high raw diet since that is the lifestyle that works best for me. Most days I start out with a simple green smoothie (just greens plus fruits/vegetables) but when I am craving something creamier, ultra-nutritious and filling, this recipe works wonderfully as a Nut Milk Shake or Porridge (making it thicker with chia seeds.)
It’s always hard to believe that something so rich-tasting can be so good for you! Consider all the goodies in this breakfast (or snack):
Cashews – low fat content makes them heart healthy, contains flavanols to eliminate free radicals, magnesium for nerves and bones and chromium to boost your brain activity.
Turmeric – enhances brain function, powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, improves endothelial function which means better circulation.
Dates – excellent source of potassium and fiber.
Cinnamon – stabilizes blood sugar, which can help in weight loss
Ginger – digestive aid and anti-inflammatory agent
Chia Seeds – Superfood contains 22 amino acids, great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, plant-based protein
You can add or subtract any ingredients. I also added powdered wheatgrass to pump up the nutrition and anti-oxidants. If you like it more “shake-like” either omit the chia seeds or add less and drink up before it thickens the mixture. What’s great about this as a breakfast porridge is that you can leave the chia seeds absorbing the liquid while you get ready for work.
Morning Sunshine Breakfast Shake or Porridge
1 cup of raw cashews
2 cups filtered water or coconut water
1 TB. alcohol-free vanilla extract or scrape the inside of one pod
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon (or more) of powdered turmeric or small root piece
1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger or a few small shavings of gingeroot
3-4 medjool dates, pitted
3-4 TB. chia seeds
1 TB. powdered wheatgrass or other greens
Mint leaves for garnish
Directions: Soak cashews for 20 minutes to an hour. Drain and rinse and place in blender with water, vanilla, cinnamon, turmeric, dates and ginger. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall cups and stir in chia seeds. If you prefer a porridge, let sit for 10-20 minutes, stirring occasionally to avoid any lumping. Or drink it right away as a shake.