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Wattleseeds: An alternative to coffee?

If quinoa, acai, and goji berries have become a staple in your pantry, you might be ready for yet another exotic sounding food: wattleseeds.

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Wattleseeds come from acacia trees, also called wattles, which are native to Australia. Aboriginal people used these seeds to make flour for bread, however nowadays wattleseeds have found their way into organic supermarkets and hipster cafes where you can buy wattleseed coffee.

But are wattleseeds a good alternative to coffee? Well, that depends on your love for coffee and addiction to caffeine. Wattleseeds do indeed have a nutty coffee aroma when roasted. Once ground, you can use them like just like ground coffee beans and enjoy your ‘fake’ caffeine-free coffee with or without milk.

The great thing about these seeds is that they contain potassium, calcium, iron and zinc and are therefore highly nutritious. The flavour of wattleseed coffee is slightly more earthy and nutty than normal coffee, but it comes pretty close to it and can definitely be a good alternative to your cappuccinos and lattes, just not your strong wake-me-up-espressos.

Besides coffee, wattleseeds can be used in baking and even as a spice to flavour sauces and to make marinades. They compliment any recipe that contains chocolate very well, so why not add a bit of ground and roasted wattleseeds to your next chocolate cake and enjoy a piece with some wattleseed coffee?

Would you try it?

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April 3, 2015

5 Of The Best Whole Grains

We all know that whole grains are good for you, but what are they and why are they so beneficial to your health? Here’s five of the best:

Brown rice

Brown rice is simply the unrefined version of white rice, meaning that it still has the hull and bran which is why it takes longer to cook and is much healthier than white rice.  Because none of the nutrients have been stripped out in the refining process, brown rice is extremely good for you.  It is high in fibre which can help to prevent colon cancer, high in manganese which is great for the nervous and reproductive systems, rich in selenium which can help prevent cancer, heart disease and arthritis and is also jam packed full of antioxidants which can reduce the risk of heart disease and slow the aging process.

Barley

Barley is a member of the grass family and is a cereal grain that has a pasta-like consistency when cooked, commonly used in soups.  It is thought that the fibre in barley can help with intestinal health, decreasing the risk of colon cancer and haemorrhoids.  Barley is also a great source of B-vitamin, niacin, which can help protect the cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol.  It can also help to lower blood pressure and help with weight control due to the body digesting barley slowly, keeping you full for longer.

Quinoa

Pronounced keen-wah, this well-known superfood is trending at the moment, because of the large number of health benefits that it can provide.  Technically, it’s not a grain but a seed, although it has been shoved under the whole-grain umbrella because of how it is prepared and consumed.  Quinoa is packed full of protein, in fact one cup of cooked quinoa provides 9 grams of protein which is great for maintaining the structural components of our body tissue as well as helping the immune system to fight off infections and disease.  Quinoa is also gluten free.

Oats

Although oats may not be very appealing when they’re a hot lumpy mush in porridge they can provide us with many health benefits.  Just one cup of cooked oats equates to 147 calories and your body will digest them slowly, keeping you full for longer which is perfect if you’re trying to lose weight.  Oats are also high in soluble fibre which can help lower cholesterol and the insoluble fibre is helpful too, aiding with digestion and preventing constipation.  Not only are they good for your insides but oats can also do wonders for your outside.  They are commonly used to exfoliate, gently scrubbing away dry skin or used as a mask, helping the skin to retain moisture.

Rye

Like barley, rye is a member of the grass family and is a cereal grain, commonly used to make bread, beer and whiskey.  Rye is a great source of insoluble fibre which can help prevent gallstones and is helpful during weight loss, making you feel full for longer.  It can also help with menopause, normalizing the estrogenic activity and reducing the uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flushes.  It is also thought that rye can help to prevent breast cancer. If you’re wondering how rye can be eaten then consider using it as a substitute for oats in a porridge, or substituting wheat flour for rye flour which still has plenty of nutrients, even after it has been refined.

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August 27, 2014

10 Foods High In Vitamin E

Not only will a vitamin E deficiency leave you feeling tired and lethargic, but it can also lead to poor health and a variety of illnesses. While it is difficult to eat your fruits, vegetables and everything else in between, remember to sneak a few of these foods into your diet in order to look and feel your best. Eating a variety of foods high in vitamin E helps to protect the body against heart disease, poor skin, eye damage and even cancer.

Spinach

This leafy green is packed with calcium, folate and vitamin E to keep your body looking and feeling it’s best. Add some fresh spinach to a salad or sandwich if you want to disguise its taste.

Almonds

Raw almonds are filled with 7.4 milligrams of vitamin E, which only means you need a small handful each day. Avoid almonds which are roasted since they are only packed with added sugar and preservatives.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin and sesame seeds boast high volumes of vitamin E, and even just 1/4 cup will give you about 80% of the recommended daily intake. Sprinkle over your morning breakfast for an extra bit of texture and flavour.

Kale

What isn’t kale good for? Other than being high in a number of other nutrients, kale is filled with vitamin E. If you find the taste rather bitter, try and boil about half a cup and add into your meals.

Avocado

Add some avocado to your salad, sandwich or even as guacamole to enjoy all the health benefits. Avocados are packed with good fatty-acids which have anti-inflammatory properties, fibre, potassium and even vitamin C.

Olives

Feel free to incorporate olive oil into your cooking, but don’t forget to enjoy some olives as well. One cup of olives will give 20% of the recommended daily intake.

Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious vegetables since it helps to detox the body in a natural way. Although it doesn’t contain large volumes of vitamin E, broccoli will still provide around 4% of the recommended daily serving.

Papaya

Not only does papaya contain large volumes of vitamin C, but it is also packed in vitamin E as well. Serve as a snack, smoothie and salad for an extra health-kick.

Hazelnuts

Whether you enjoy raw hazelnuts or hazelnut milk, they both provide almost 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E. Enjoy as a snack, or use as the milk in your cereal each morning.

Wheatgerm oil

Plant oils are fantastic sources of vitamin E, and can be used in cooking and the overall preparation of food. Sunflower and wheat germ oil are extremely rich in vitamin E, and can even offer 100% of the daily recommended intake in just one tablespoon.

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August 4, 2014

Why Do I Always Feel Hungry? (Cont’d)

What are foods that won’t fill me up?We all think pretzels are low-fat but they don’t do the trick. We just want more and more. Also they won’t fill you up. The best thing to eat is popcorn? it has the same amount of calories but will make you feel full. Ice cream you may think will fill you up but it won’t. Go for instead a high-energy fruit shake that is fibre-rich and filling.The Hungry Diet

Breakfast

Have one cup of oatmeal with ? cup of low-fat milk with a sliced banana. Also have a full glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Morning Grazing

Try an apple or mango with a handful of unsalted mixed nuts.

Lunch

Make yourself a mixed green salad and add a small tin of tuna or slices of ham Always include tomatoes, some low-fat cheese, cucumbers or avocado. The avocado is in season right now and is delicious.

Afternoon Grazing

If you are at work, then eat some more fruit but if you have access to a kitchen, make a whole-wheat sandwich with peanut butter.

Dinner

Either have grilled swordfish with stir-fry vegies or a chicken stir-fry with loads of vegetables such as spinach, Bok Choy, beans and broccoli with a half cup of brown rice.

Dessert

Have low fat yoghurt with fresh strawberries and berries. Frozen berries are just as good if you can’t find any fresh ones.

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