Lovebird Seed – What’s a Buckwheat Groat?

In honor of National Heart Health Month and Valentine’s Day month, this month’s smoothie features ingredients for lovebirds — seeds, honey, and chocolate.

I know there are folks out there with nut allergies, and that most of the smoothies we feature here at Passport to a Healthy Me! very often contain some sort of nut. This little gem is completely nut-free.

The most common question we had at this month’s smoothie clubs was “What’s a buckwheat groat?” A buckwheat groat is technically a pseudograin, but is often considered a whole grain when food experts talk about diversifying carbohydrates in your diet and adding in more healthy whole grains. Buckwheat is gluten free (despite the word “wheat” in its name), and can be ground down into a flour for gluten-free baking. Buckwheat flour is also traditionally used in savory french crepes, although those crepes aren’t always gluten-free. We have a delicious homemade breakfast cereal recipe featuring buckwheat groats right here on this site!

Enjoy, and let me know if you try it at home!

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Lovebird-Seed Smoothie

  • ½  banana
  • Big fistful spring mix greens
  • 1-2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbs+ sunflower seeds
  • 1 Tbs+ buckwheat groats
  • Sunflower milk
  • Coconut milk (whole, not low-fat – my favorite is Aroy-D brand)
  • 2 tsp raw honey


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