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Quinoa, a staple of the ancient Incas who revered it as sacred, is not a true grain, rather an herb. Unlike most grains quinoa is a complete protein and is high in iron, magnesium, B-vitamins, and fiber. In studies, quinoa is a complete protein and is high in iron, magnesium, B-vitamins, and fiber. In studies, quinoa is a proven aid for migraine sufferers and, like most whole grains, lessens the risk for heart disease.It also contains the building blocks for superoxide dismutase-an important antioxidant that helps protect the energy centers of your cells from free radical damage.
Wild rice is actually a type of aquatic grass seed native to the United States and Canada. Its high content of protein and delicious nutty flavor make wild rice worth every penny. It’s an excellent choice for people with celiac disease or those who have gluten or wheat sensitivities. Wild rice also has a lower caloric content than many grains at 83 calories per half cup of cooked rice. And it is high in fiber. Add wild rice to soups, stews, salads, and pilaf. It’s important to note that wild rice is black. There are many blends of white and wild rice, which primarily consist of refined white rice.
COOKING GUIDE FOR WHOLE GRAINS
The following water amounts and cooking time are based on 1 cup of grain. As for all whole grains, add water and grain in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low heat to simmer for the amount of cooking time specified.
Barley (pearled) 3 cups water, 15 minutes cooking time
Brown rice 2 cups water, 35 to 40 minutes cooking time
Oats (quick cooking) 2 to 3 cups water, 12 to 20 minutes cooking time
Oats (rolled) 2 to 3 cups water, 40 to 50 minutes cooking time
Quinoa 2 cups water, 15 minutes cooking time
Wild rice 3 cups water, 50 to 60 minutes cooking time
Kamut and spelt can be cooked as whole grains but are most commonly used as whole grain flour in breads and other baked goods.
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