I came across this article on wheat recently and it changed my views completely on whole grains… here I thought I was being healthy eating my whole wheat bread..http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/09/20/on-the-evils-of-wheat-why-it-is-so-addictive-and-how-shunning-it-will-make-you-skinny/
After more research on gmo foods and some worrying about the very small variety of foods available at the grocery store, I decided I would do a little research on a new grain option. I wanted a nutritious, tasty, organic grain, one untainted by years of popularity. I found Spelt. Spelt is considered an heirloom grain, a wonderfully nutritious grain with a deep nutlike flavor. Spelt is an ancient grain that traces its heritage back long before many wheat hybrids. Many of its benefits come from a broader spectrum of nutrients compared to its more inbred cousins in the Triticum (wheat) family. It is an excellent source of vitamin B2, a very good source of manganse, and a good source of niacin, thiamin, and copper. This particular combination of nutrients provided by spelt may make it a particularly helpful food for persons with migraine headache, atherosclerosis, or diabetes… And Spelt does not seem to cause sensitivities in many people who are intolerant of wheat. Read more on the benefits of Spelt http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=143
My friend Sarah got me started on this unreal toast, great for a quick snack or breakfast. She toasts bread, puts on a layer of butter or margarine, then sprinkles on raw Hemp and Chia seeds. Its crunchy and delicious! Sometimes ill sprinkle a little grated cheese on it too mmmmm
Chia seeds can be eaten raw, they are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and fibre which help in your digestion. Chia seeds have more Omega-3 than Atlantic salmon, more anti-oxidants than fresh blueberries, more fibre than bran flakes and more calcium and protein than two percent milk!
Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious and easily digested foods on the earth. One of the most important features of hemp seed is that is a superior source of protein. It also contains a wide variety of minerals and vitamins, but its most distinctive property is that it provides both omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, or EFAs. These acids are known as linoleic and alpha-linolenic, respectively. What makes these essential oils crucial is that they are not manufactured in the human body, and must be consumed as food. Hemp has an optimal ratio of these two fats.
I got them in bulk at Wholefoods, cheap and delish! Give them a try and increase the healthy variety of nutrients on your plate!