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Eat Cleaner Living Tip #12/2010: Tasty waves of grains

January 21, 2010

#12:  Tasty waves of grains – Our Eat Cleaner mantra includes eating less processed foods, including complex carbohydrates like whole grains.  They’re a great source of fiber and nutrients like  B vitamins, vitamin E, selenium, potassium, magnesium, iron and even antioxidants. Lucky for us, the selection of wholesome choices are aplenty.

One of our favorites is the ancient grain quinoa, which can be cooked and served as a side or a substitute for rice and pasta when paired with veggies and a grate of goat’s milk cheese.  It also dishes up essential amino acids which also makes it a “complete protein” and an amazing food all by itself.   How about quinoa for breakfast?   Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa is a great way to start off your day with a riff on the oatmeal goodness.  (Takes me back to when I was growing up… my mom used to prepare a warm cereal made of pearl barley studded with golden raisins and topped with chopped almonds and shredded coconut.  On a cold day, there’s nothing better.)

There are a myriad of other Ancient grains to consider such as farro, amaranth, millet and teff.  NPR had a great piece recently about Going with Whole Grains and how you can incorporate all these different grains into your diet and add variety by doing so.  Where to find these power packed pearls?  Try your local natural food store and shop the bulk bins whenever you can to cut down on excess packaging. Green never tasted so good.

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