Nuts and Grains

Quinoa

This was an amazing discovery when I had Quinoa for the first time! This grain tastes nutty and very pleasant and makes a fantastic and nourishing salad. Now I use it for so many dishes and also as a side.

Quinoa

What it contains and why it is so good for you:

  • Complete amino acids
  • A LOT of protein. Because quinoa is so rich in amino acids, it is a very good source of protein, particularly for vegetarians. One serving can have as much as 20% protein, about 50% more than wheat and more than 2.45 times that of rice.
  • Large dose of fibre. Quinoa has double the fibre found in most grains, so it is also really good for your digestion
  • There is tons of information on this fantastic Quinoa-dedicated website!

 

Millet

An ancient staple from Asia, millet actually refers to a variety of tiny seeds used as cereal crops.  It is not a true grain, but treated like a grain in culinary practices.

millet-2

What is contains and why it is good for you

  • Millet is highly nutritious, and is not acid forming so it is a soothing and easy to digest grain
  • In fact, it is considered to be one of the most digestible and least allergenic ‘grains’ available, and is warming to the body in cold or rainy seasons
  • One cup of millet provides 19.1% of the daily recommended value of magnesium and 17.4% of phosphorus
  • More information about Millet

 

 

Buckwheat

Buckwheat is actually not a grain at all, but a seed of a plant related to rhubarb.  As is often the case with seeds, buckwheat’s nutritional value surpasses grains.

buckwheatWhat it contains and why it is good for you

  • It has a low lycemic index, which prevents rapid spikes in blood sugar which causes inflammation, mood swings, and weight gain
  • Buckwheat actually has more protein than corn, millet, rice, or wheat
  • Here are the complete 12 reasons to love the unsung Superfood buckwheat

 

 

 

Chia Seeds

The first time I heard about Chia seeds was a few months ago, when I saw a new product coming out from a company that I used to work on in a case study for a course I did at NYU. They created a snack product that contained chia seeds. So this made me curious about it, and I bought my first bag of Chia seeds a few weeks ago at Wholefoods.

chia-seeds

What they contain and why they are good for you

  • Chia is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, even more so than flax
  • The ALA (alpha linolenic fatty acid) that is in chia seeds is the only known essential omega-3 fatty acid that the body can’t produce on its ow
  • So if you’re looking to boost your nutritional intake, look no further than the humble chia seed. Per gram chia seeds contain: 8x more omega-3 than salmon, 6x more calcium than milk, 3x more iron than spinach, 15x more magnesium than broccoli, 2x more fiber than bran flakes, 6x more protein than kidney beans, 4x more phosphorous than whole milk – sounds really incredible, isn’t it?
  • Learn more about the natural wonder called Chia seeds 

 

Walnuts

Nuts are simply delicious and we eat them a lot as snacks – however they should be as natural as possible, not roasted with a lot of fat and salt.

walnuts

What they contain and why they are good for you:

  • So if you have always thought, nuts contain a lot of fat, yes, this is true, but they can be really powerful when consumed in the right amount
  • Eating a handful of nuts about five times a week will reduce your chances of getting a heart attack by at least 15 percent and possibly as much as 51 percent. That’s how powerful nuts are
  • Learn more about the power of walnuts

 

 

Oats

When I think about oats, I remember the good old porridge my mother used to make for me when I was little, usually with sugar, salt and some butter. It tasted delicious and she used to tell me that people that eat a lot of oatmeal have nice hair….

uncooked-oatsWhat they contain and why they are good for you:

  • Oats are low in calories, high in fiber and protein
  • They’re a rich source of magnesium, potassium. zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, thiamine, pantothenic acid and phytonutrients
  • The synergy of the nutrients in oats makes them an outstanding and formidable SuperFood, read more why
  • There are also so many varieties of oats, rolled, steel cut, etc. – depending on the recipe, a different type will be used

Brown Rice

It’s actually so easy to use Brown rice instead of the usual white rice, and you won’t barely notice the difference – but for sure the difference it will have on your health in the long-term.

brown-riceWhat it contains and why it is good for you

  • Brown rice is actually the “unrefined” version of white rice
  • Due to this, it still has the side hull (husk) and bran, which makes it easier to digest
  • In addition, the hull and bran makes brown rice rich in proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium
  • Health benefits of brown rice over white rice are really widespread

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