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SUPER HEALTHY GRAINS

grains | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

grains | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Whole grains are great for health and weight loss. They fill you up whilst providing a good source of antioxidants, fibre, minerals, and vitamins.  Grains help by adding texture, taste, and health giving properties to your diet.

buckwheat | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

buckwheat | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Despite the name, buckwheat is 100% gluten-free and actually a fruit seed. A good source of protein, suitable for a plant based diet, celiac diet, vegetarians or vegans, or anyone who is looking to add more protein to their diet.  Buckwheat is one of the highest sources for rutin, an antioxidant; a good source of magnesium, manganese, copper and phosphorus.

Main health benefits:  great for digestion, water retention; lowers risk of diabetes, gallstones and heart disease, and protects blood cells. Rutin helps with high blood pressure.

Buckwheat, a great addition to porridge (or instead of porridge), salads, rice (or instead of rice), soups and stews.  Rinse before cooking. Mix one cup of buckwheat with two cups of water, bring mix to boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Consider using buckwheat flour, a healthier substitute for white flour in cooking.

quinoa | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

quinoa | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Quinoa is pronounced keen-wah.  Keen-wah is king, well actually the Incas in South America call Quinoa mother of all grains. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids, calcium, iron, potassium and high in protein; lysine (essential for tissue growth and repair), and manganese (antioxidant).  Very popular with vegetarians and vegans as it is a good source of protein which is essential for the body.

Main health benefits: Necessary for cells, muscles and body tissue, high calcium content for healthy bones, skin and teeth, helps to prevent gallstones, cancer and heart disease.

Quinoa has a lovely nutty flavour, great for adding to porridge, salads, rice and other dishes, or using quinoa in place of porridge or rice. Rinse before cooking. Mix one cup quinoa with two cups of water.  Bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

barley | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

barley | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

Barley is nutritious: high in chromium, copper, fibre, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and vitamins B1 and B3.  Barley fills you up, which is an added bonus for weight loss.  Choose hulled barley over pearl barley as it is less refined, a healthier option.

The main health benefits of barley:  helps to lower blood cholesterol levels.  The American Heart Association recommends adding barley to your diet to lower cholesterol.  Helps prevent high blood sugar levels in diabetics. Barley is a good source for fibre, which helps to maintain a healthy digestive system.

Rinse Barley. Soak overnight in five cups of water to one cup of barley.  Bring to boil.  Simmer for one hour. Drain and add to bean burgers, casseroles, curries, risottos, soups, porridge, or sauces.

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The information provided does not replace medical treatment or advice.  It is advisable to consult with your physician before taking any natural remedy, particularly if you have an existing medical condition or are pregnant or lactating. Some plants react to prescription drugs. Please note natural remedies and should only be taken with approval from your physician.

grains | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

grains | plantbased diet | plantpowerz

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