People are often not sure about what are ancient grains, how to cook ancient grains and how to incorporate them into their everyday meals. So here are six of my favourites and what I like to do with them. Some are better in salads and sides, some become "mushy" when cooked so are useful for soups and thickening, while some make great breads and baked things.
There's a lot of interest in ancient grains – spelt, quinoa, barley, black rice, kamut and buckwheat - these days and with good reason. Ancient grains bring the romance of rustic old worlds into our kitchens. They add new interesting flavours to our meals and put us in touch with a slower more natural way of life. In this post I'll tell you what they are and why they're enjoying such a revival today.
I was lucky enough to score an invite to see how UNCLE TOBYS rolled oats are made. As one of a small group of media dietitians we got to see the whole oaty process from the harvested grain to the finished product being packed into the familiar 'red box'.
An ancient grain now revived. Quinoa is the latest grain to make the transition from alternative health food to trendy supermarket item. It’s an ancient grain from South America and has been a staple food for the Inca civilization for thousands of years. So how good is it really?
There are heaps of websites and food packs out there that try to compare this super food to that one. Depending on which testing method is used, you'll see sites and ads proclaiming that blueberries have more antioxidants than red wine; that goji has more than blueberries; that pomegranate juice has more than tea; and that dark chocolate is up there with all of them.
Add these 20 superstars to your daily diet to give your body a recharge and help protect your future health. Identifying nutrient-rich, health-promoting star performers isn't difficult! What’s tough is narrowing it down to only this handful. Read why I’ve selected these and how they can benefit your health and wellbeing without adding weight.
It's not hard incorporating my top 20 super foods into your everyday eating. Here's a day's menu I've created to give you an idea of how you can easily work them in from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yes, and snacks too!
I love carrots. I eat one just about every day. They're so versatile. What other vegetable can you eat raw and cooked, savoury and sweet, in salad or as juice as well as in a cake? Got the afternoon munchies? Grab a raw carrot to tide you over. Looking for a pre-dinner nibble? Carrot sticks make a great low-kilojoule/calorie substitute for crackers with a dip.