Monday, September 29, 2008

The Superfood Series: Quinoa

Its not enough to know that all white flours, sugars, rice, pastas, breads, etc. provide the body w/ absolutely no nutrients.  I mean, don't get me wrong, it's definitely a start to heightening your awareness to a certain degree.  I am always interested to hear how people feel once they have made the transition to eating whole foods.  It definitely has an influence on how you think, look, and feel.  In this instance, the term "whole" refers to a food that can be connected to its place of origin, it's mother, the root.  Whether that be a tree, a seed, the ground, or a vine nothing added, nothing taken away.  In a quest to heal our "whole" selves we have to nourish our bodies with foods that are complementary to the "whole" being that is coming forth.  So, each week please look forward to a mini introduction to some of earth's edible treasures.  This week its all about: QUINOA.  I really have a special place in my heart for this grain.  It has about 16 grams of protein per serving (the highest content of any grain),  is extremely digestible, and cooks up in about 20 minutes.  You can add it to any dish as you would rice. For one cup of quinoa, i'ts 2 cups of liquid, when cooking.  So if you are lacking protein in your diet and are tired of brown rice and couscous, we truly suggest giving this" mother grain" a try.
It was one of the ancient staple foods of the Incas and has grown in the South American Andes for thousands of years.  Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has a warming and strengthening effect on the whole body. It has more calcium than milk and is higher in fat content than any grain. (don't panic, it about 3 grams per serving, and its the good kind )  A very good source of iron, phosphorous, B vitamins, and vitamin E.  Check the bulk section in your local health food store or the Ancient Harvest Brand.  Be well.

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