Tag: grains

Brown Rice

Brown Rice

What is brown rice? It’s a whole grain rice, meaning it contains the bran, germ and endosperm layers. Why brown rice over white rice? Since it’s a whole grain, it’s a lot higher than white rice in: Fiber – to keep full for longer and […]

Brown Rice Pasta

Brown Rice Pasta

What is brown rice pasta? Noodles made from ground up brown rice rather than wheat. Why brown rice pasta over whole wheat pasta? Gluten-free – a great option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities. Lower calories – for those looking to lose weight. […]

Quinoa

Quinoa

What is quinoa?

KEEN-wah is an edible seed that comes in hundred of varieties with white, red and black being the most cultivated.

Why is quinoa good for me?

Quinoa is a serious super grain because it’s a complete protein. This means it contains all 9 building blocks of protein (essential amino acids).

Why are complete proteins important?

Our bodies cannot make these on their own so we must get them from food. Animal based products like meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, yogurt, milk and cheese are complete proteins. Quinoa is one of a small number of plant-based, complete proteins.

How much protein does quinoa contain?

There are about 8 grams of protein per 1 cup serving, compared to brown rice at 5g. So if you’re looking to add more protein to your diet, it’s a great addition to your meals.

Where does quinoa come from?

The seeds are harvested from the plant and their husks are removed. They are then dried for storage.

How do I make quinoa?

Usually, rinsing them is suggest because they’re coated in a natural substance (saponin) which can taste bitter. It then gets cooked like rice. I typically cook it in chicken or vegetable broth to add extra flavor.

What kind of quinoa should I buy?

A brand that has the only ingredient being ‘quinoa’.

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Whole Wheat Pasta

Whole Wheat Pasta

What is whole wheat pasta? Noodles made from whole wheat flour. It contains the entire grain kernel; the bran, germ and endosperm. Why whole wheat pasta over regular pasta? Since whole wheat pasta contains the entire grain, it’s high in dietary fiber, something that white […]

Wild Rice

Wild Rice

What is wild rice? A type of grass from which edible grains can be harvested. How is wild rice different than brown rice? Yes. The two main advantages it has over brown rice are: Protein – contains more to help build and repair muscle tissues […]