It is 4:05 am and my brain is alive! Whoop, whoop. I learned the hard way in college that instead of staying up late to study for exams and not retain a single thing, that I really need to go to bed and get up at the butt crack of dawn for optimal performance. I mean seriously, I can crack out work projects like no ones business while everyone else is snoozing away! I know people think I am crazy when I say I wake up at 3 am and wake up without an alarm clock (yes no alarm everyday…I haven’t used one in about 3 years).
Aside from goofy sleep schedule, we are going to the Packers vs. Vikings game on Sunday! Boy am I excited. I LOVE FOOTBALL. OH MY GOODNESS DO I LOVE FOOTBALL. All I can say is GO PACK GO. We are heading to the game at 8:30 to engage in some pregame festivities. Considering my husband emailed me to figure out if Jag Bombs are gluten free (they are by the way) I am guessing I will be the sober cab Totally okay! I am not much of a drinker!
All right enough of my ramblings, let’s get to the salad. Contrary to its name, buckwheat groats are not wheat, do not contain gluten and are technically a seed. When eating Paleo I include them in my diet, but I know some Paleo goers are more strict and have buckwheats and quinoa in the grain category. All I can say is they are really seeds and let you be the judge!
I love buckwheat groats with in a breakfast cereal and on top of salads because they add some crunch! However, make sure you chew them completely or you will pay for it later (aka….gas, enough said). From a health standpoint, the health benefits of buckwheat are:
1) High in fiber – It helps slow down the rate of glucose absorption after a meal, making it a healthy choice for people with diabetes.
2) High in manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc – These elements are beneficial for strengthening the immune system.
3) Contains all eight essential amino acids – The most important is lysine because it plays a key role in collagen production and is not produced by the human body.
- 1 C Sliced Strawberries
- 3-4 tbsp Buckwheat Groats or Sunflower Seeds
- 1/8 C Golden Raisins
- 1/4 C Red Onion, thinly sliced
- 3 C Spinach
- 3 C Endive
- 6-8 Basil Leaves, chopped
- 1/4 C Fennel Bulb, chopped
- 1 Grapefruit, juice
- 3 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/4 C Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Celery Seeds
- Chop ingredients and toss together in a large bowl.
- Place salad dressing ingredients into a quart sized mason jar. Put on the lid and shake it until combined.
- Toss the dressing with the salad immediately before serving. If you are making ahead of time wait to put the dressing on our you will have a wilted mess by the time you want to eat.
- If you cannot find buckwheat groats feel free to substitute for pepitas or sunflower seeds.