What do you do when your working from home, your starving and you haven’t shopped for a few days? You can drive to a cafe and buy something or you can get creative. At lunch time today I opened the fridge door and was confronted by wilted vegetables. I LOVE spinach pie with Fetta cheese but no dairy is allowed on the 30 day wheat free, dairy free diet (sigh!).
A fruit-like seed as a wholesome alternative to wheat
For me, buckwheat is too bland in its own so I stir fry Tumerick, onion, garlic, ginger with celery, capsicum and any other veges you have on hand. Add fish or chicken (optional) or chick peas for vegetarians.
So, you’ve decided to repair your gut health. That means finding alternatives to grain. When I first started this food journey, trying to find the beat alternatives made my head spin. After weeks of research and many failed experiments these are my top picks.
Why? First, they’re seeds not grains. That means they don’t inflame the gut, making them easy to digest.
Second, because they’re unrefined they’re high in fibre and therefore cleanses the gut efficiently.
Once you know how, they’re really easy to prepare and a great substitute to grass grains. So, without further ado, let’s take a look.
Amaranth– Contains B vitamins, calcium, iron and Vitamin C. Amaranth may help lower cholesterol.
Buckwheat– Rich in flavonoids like rutin and a good source of magnesium, buckwheat is good for your cardiovascular system. It’s a valuable food for those with diabetes, as it can be helpful for regulating blood sugar.
Millet– A good source of manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium, millet is beneficial for your heart.
Quinoa– A good source of manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorous, and riboflavin (B2). Quinoa may be helpful if you have migraines, diabetes or atherosclerosis.
The good news is these seeds are alkaline.
Eat no more than 1/2 cup (cooked) at one serving.
Fill your plate mostly with veges!
For non vegetarians add small amounts of fish or organic meat.
This cereal originally came from wild grass seeds on the African savanna. By 10,000 BC, neolithic farmers grew it in Asia. Modern millet is a staple crop around the world. We love it because it’s gluten-free, alkaline, low GI and packed with minerals like magnesium and zinc. It’s tasty, digestible and wonderful for gut health.
Ingredients (serves up to 4)
1 cup of millet
2 1/2 cups water
Try it with seasonal local berries or fruit and spice it up with cinnamon (to aid digestion), organic plain yoghurt or coconut cream.