Saturday, 27 November 2010

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The Beneficial Buckwheat/Boghvede/荞麦籽[qiáo mài zǐ]


For babies from 8 months.

Ingredients:
- ¼ cup of grinded buckwheat
- 2 cups of water or milk (more or less as you see fit)

Directions:
1. In a pot, place 1-2 cups of water or milk on the stove to a boil.

2. While water is heating, grind ¼ cup of buckwheat into powder for 2 minutes or less.

3. Whisk the buckwheat powder into the boiling water and let it sit over low heat for 10 minutes. (Whisk frequently to prevent burning and lumps).

4. Add 3 teaspoons of olive oil and 3 teaspoons of formula milk powder (optional).

For Adults:
1. Add 1 part buckwheat to 2 parts boiling water or broth.

2. After the liquid has returned to a boil, turn down the heat, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Tips:
1. Add some yogurt to make a creamy cereal.

2. Combine buckwheat flour with whole wheat flour to make delicious breads, muffins and pancakes.

3. Cook up a pot of buckwheat for a change from hot oatmeal as a delicious hearty breakfast cereal.

4. Add cooked buckwheat to soups or stews to give them a hardier flavour and deeper texture.

5. Add chopped chicken, garden peas, pumpkin seeds and scallions to cooked and cooled buckwheat for a delightful lunch or dinner salad.

Storage:
Buckwheat, in the form of the whole grain, and in the form of flour, may be stored for several months in a cool dry place. If the temperature becomes extremely warm in your home, you may wish to store the grain/flour in the refrigerator. If you grind Buckwheat into a flour for cereal, it should be stored in an air tight container and preferably in your refrigerator.

Nutritional Value:
Buckwheat is high in fiber and contains Iron, Niacin, Folate and even Vitamin K. Buckwheat is a very good source of manganese and a good source of magnesium and dietary fiber. Buckwheat contains two flavonoids with significant health-promoting actions: rutin and quercitin. The protein in buckwheat is a high quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, including lysine.

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Additional Information:
Buckwheat is not related to wheat nor is it a grain. It is actually a seed however it is tossed into the whole grain category. Buckwheat is gluten free and makes a wonderful choice as baby's first food. 

Buckwheat is native to Northern Europe as well as Asia. From the 10th through the 13th century, it was widely cultivated in China. From there, it spread to Europe and Russia in the 14th and 15th centuries, and was introduced in the United States by the Dutch during the 17th century.

Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The Yi people of China consume a diet high in buckwheat (100 grams per day, about 3.5 ounces). When researchers tested blood lipids of 805 Yi Chinese, they found that buckwheat intake was associated with lower total serum cholesterol, lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-the form linked to cardiovascular disease), and a high ratio of HDL (health-promoting cholesterol) to total cholesterol.

The nutrients in buckwheat may contribute to blood sugar control and a lower rish of diabetes. Buckwheat's health-Promoting potential is equal to or even higher than that of vegetables and fruits.

Buckwheat's beneficial effects are due in part to its rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that protect against disease by extending the action of vitamin C and acting as antioxidants. Buckwheat's lipid-lowering activity is largely due to rutin and other flavonoid compounds. These compounds help maintain blood flow, keep platelets from clotting excessively (platelets are compounds in blood that, when triggered, clump together, thus preventing excessive blood loss, and protect LDL from free radical oxidation into potentially harmful cholesterol oxides. All these actions help to protect against heart disease. The nutrients in buckwheat may contribute to blood sugar control.

Buckwheat also contains almost 86 milligrams of magnesium in a one-cup serving. Magnesium relaxes blood vessels, improving blood flow and nutrient delivery while lowering blood pressure-the perfect combination for a healthy cardiovascular system.

Buckwheat is widely produced in Russia and Poland, where it plays an important role in their traditional cuisines. Other countries where buckwheat is cultivated commercially include the United States, Canada, and France, the country famous for its buckwheat crepes.

Buckwheat can be safely eaten by people who have celiac disease as it does not contain gluten. Buckwheat can be a good substitute for wheat, oats, rye and barley in a gluten-free diet.


References:
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/buckwheatbabyfood.htm

Updates 25 October 2016

Whole organic buckwheat from Urterhuset approx. 38 DKK

Add 1 teaspoon of buckwheat, rinse and pat-dry

Grind it with a baby blender. 

Transfer to pot

Add 80ml of breast milk/ formula milk

Bring to boil

Cover and simmer until low heat for 20 minutes or until cooked

Now it's done :-)

Transfer to a saucer and serve :-)

24 October 2016 (5M1W2D) Baby C loved it.

She finished the whole saucer :-)

1 comment:

  1. Hi Elaine,
    Kelvin was super impressed by your effort and perservance in making healthy food for Joshua and Flo.. Home made food is still the best!

    Similiarily, Kel and myself are believers of homemade food. We cooked our own dinner at least 3-4 evening everyweek.. After Klara comes, I hope to maintain the same for the family. This would be a big challenge on time management between taking care of Klara, work, cooking, couple time, and own time... I hope I can find a harmony between all the aboves.. Your blog will be very useful for me to prepare Klara's meals in time to come.. Thanks so much!

    FYI, Kel has also created a blog page to document our feelings about my pregnancy journey. http://daddyisanurse.blogspot.com/ Check it out when you are free :)

    Karen

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