Fall is in the air and my Warm Pumpkin Porridge is a nourishing way to wake up to cooler mornings. Full of easily digestible fiber, healthy fats from coconut, and belly loving collagen hydrosylate this dish not only will give you pep in the mornings, but it’s easy on the gut!
Grains can be extremely difficult to digest and for many people with gut imbalance and inflammation should be avoided unless properly prepared through soaking or sprouting. All grains are essentially seeds and want to be planted and grow the next generation. Because this is their goal they have built in protections against the predators (us!) that would make a meal of them. Grains contain phytic acid which binds to minerals in the body making them unavailable for our use. This not only includes the grains themselves, but also minerals in other foods we are eating! If grains are a staple part of the diet and not properly prepared they may contribute to mineral deficiencies! Yes, your low calcium numbers could be the result of grain intake and not a lack of dairy! Grains also contain enzyme inhibitors. These do exactly what they say, inhibit enzyme function, specifically our digestive enzymes. Without proper enzyme function our bodies do not break down carbs, protein, and fat into their smaller more digestible molecules contributing to malabsorption and therefore malnourishment. Even with the abundance of foods available to us we can be malnourished simply by consuming foods in a state that our bodies cannot utilize. For example, we have been told for years to only consume brown rice, but if it is not properly soaked or sprouted, we can’t get to all the good stuff! It’s simply passed through the system and out the door, leaving us empty of nourishment. For many, an abundance of grains in the diet leads to damaging blood sugar spikes. Constant exposure to glucose eventually leads to reduced insulin sensitivity meaning our cells now ignore the important glucose molecule which is vital for energy. This leads to cascading problems including Type II Diabetes, hormone dysfunction, and weight gain as more insulin is pumped into the body.
So what to do?? Well, if soaking grains is not your bag and you’re tired of out of control blood sugar levels, then try out my pumpkin porridge! No enzyme inhibitors or phytic acid, but loaded with medium chain fatty acids from coconut oil, non-inflammatory amino acids in the collagen that support liver detoxification with glycine and therapeutic for digestion when dealing with food intolerance, IBS, and IBD. It also provides the free radical scavenger manganese and energy producing B1 and B5 from pumpkin. The wonderful digestible fiber, healthy fats, and protein slow down the release of glucose from the pumpkin helping to stabilize the blood sugar. Oh and cinnamon has been shown to not only stimulate insulin sensitivity, but also increase our cells ability to use glucose. Whew, what a powerhouse!
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- 2 cans Pumpkin or 3 cups fresh cooked
- 1 apple, diced
- 1/2 cup shredded unsweet coconut
- 2 tblsp collagen hydrosylate
- 2/3 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ea nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, ginger
- 1 tblsp maple syrup
- 1 tblsp coconut oil
- soaked almonds to garnish
- Saute apples in coconut oil 3-5 minutes. Add all other ingredients and stir to combine. Simmer 5-7 minutes to allow the flavors to come together and heat through. Garnish with almonds if using.
- Not a pumpkin lover? Sub with sweet potato, acorn squash, or butternut squash. Want an extra shot of protein? Add 1/4 cup of almond butter. Need more fat? Puree in half an avocado! This freezes nicely so double your batch for an easy breakfast later in the month!
Nourshing Traditions by Sally Fallon Morrel
The Paleo Approach by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne