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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 […]

Coconut Sugar

Coconut Sugar

What is coconut sugar?

The crystallized sap from the flower of the coconut palm. It’s most similar in color and flavor to brown sugar.

Why is coconut sugar better than white table sugar?

The manufacturing process. White table sugar is heavily refined with chemicals added to it during manufacturing. Coconut sugar goes through a natural manufacturing process.

What is the natural process of coconut sugar?

Three-steps:

  1. A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers (think maple syrup).
  2. The sap is placed under heat until most of the water evaporates.
  3. The final product is crystallized coconut sugar.

How do I use coconut sugar?

You can use small amounts in baking, substituting for brown sugar works great.

What kind of coconut sugar should I buy?

A brand with the only ingredient being ‘coconut sugar’, like Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar, Unrefined, 4 Pound

*Disclaimer

If you’re going to use coconut sugar, use it sparingly. It’s still sugar! It’s “less bad” than regular sugar, but not something you should be eating everyday.

Dates

Dates

What are dates? The edible fruit of the date palm tree. The two most recognizable name types are: Medjool and Deglet noor. How do I use dates? They are amazing substitutions for refined sugar in recipes. I use them in all sorts of baking: cakes, […]

Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

What is maple syrup? Pure maple syrup is simply the sap that leaks out of maple trees. Maple syrup vs. generic pancake syrup This is a joke, right? First of all, generic pancake syrup is not real food. The first ingredient in it is usually […]

Raw Honey

Raw Honey

What is raw honey?

Unheated honey. You can even go more natural and get unfiltered raw honey, which means that it can have particles of honeycomb, pollen or bee body parts in it. It’s typically a bit opaque in color.

Why is raw honey better for me than regular honey?

It’s a superfood. As the team at Gold Bee (who sell raw honey themselves) will tell you, raw honey has “countless health benefits and can clean the body of toxins”. The enzymes, which the honeybees add while it’s in their “honey stomach”, along with the natural antioxidants, vitamins and minerals haven not been killed off in the heating process . These natural enzymes and nutrients help ward off harmful bacteria and viruses in your gut (i.e.: your intestines). Raw honey as a part of skincare can work miracles on the skin due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Apart from these benefits, raw honey is also known to be essential in treating wounds due to the aforementioned properties. If you are looking for places you could buy manuka honey for sale, e-stores like Steens Honey and similar others could be a potential solution!

The “energy crashes” you sometimes get after eating regular honey (or any other processed sugar) will be reduced because it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels as much.

Okay…What kind of raw honey should I buy?

Any kind that has the ingredient being “raw honey”. That’s it. Just do your body a favor and stop buying that fake, totally see through, syrupy honey. It’s crap. The kind I typically buy is Nature Nate’s 100% Pure, Raw and Unfiltered Honey, 32 Ounce

*Disclaimer

Remember, it’s still sugar, so if you’re planning on using a bottle a week then don’t plan on shedding pounds. It’s not a miracle worker!