How to Cook Grains to Reduce Chemicals and Maximize Nutrition

How to Cook Grains to Reduce Chemicals and Maximize Nutrition

How to Cook Grains to Reduce Chemicals and Maximize Nutrition One of the reasons grains have been getting a bad rap is due to they contain phytic acid, saponins, and arsenic. Phytic acid is a natural substance found in all plant seeds, nuts, legumes and grains.[1] Studies showed phytic acid impairs the absorption of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium, and may promote mineral deficiencies.[2, 3] Saponins are found in amaranth, oats and quinoa. If you have a leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome, where your intestines are already inflamed or irritated, saponins could aggravate the irritability or inflammation of the gut. Arsenic is a heavy metal and is listed in Group 1 Carcinogenic to humans. [11] Arsenic is found in rice. An Australian study showed that arborio and sushi rice contain the highest mean values of total arsenic [12]. Another study showed that basmati and red rice have low levels of total arsenic [13]. Phytic acid, saponins, and arsenic are decreased by 98% after soaking, germination (or sprouting) and fermentation.[4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10]. In addition to the steps below for each specific grain, I ferment and sprout the grains before cooking to reduce the phytic acid, saponins and arsenic content in grains. Rinse well under running water to remove dust. To ferment the grains: Place the grains in a bowl and cover with filtered water by a couple inches. Add 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin C or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for 8 – 12 hours, then drain and rinse until the water is clear. To sprout the grains: Place the grains in a 1L jar. Cover the jar with...
Chia Saffron Bread (Paleo & Gluten Free)

Chia Saffron Bread (Paleo & Gluten Free)

Studies showed Saffron boosts our brain function & immune system, antidepressant, reduces PMS symptoms, aids Alzheimer’s disease, macular degradation, improves digestion and anti inflammation. Chia Saffron Sesame Bread (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Sugar Free) Ingredients 1/4 cup chia seeds (Buy The Chia Co Chia Seeds Black) 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (Buy Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic) 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup tapioca flour 1 cup sesame flour (Buy Carwari Organic Sesame Flour) 1 cup coconut flour (Buy Absolute Organic Coconut Flour) 1 cup sweet potato flour 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt (Buy Himalayan salt here) 1/2 cup coconut oil, melt (Buy coconut oil here) 15 threads of saffron 1 cup of water Method Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C or a conventional oven to 200°C and spray a bread pan with nonstick cooking spray. Soak chia seeds in 1 cup of water for at least 20 minutes. In a large bowl, sift all the flours, baking soda and salt through a sieve. Add the rest of the ingredient in the bowl and mix all the ingredients well together. Pour batter into a greased bread pan and smooth evenly. Bake it for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow the bread to cool in the oven with the door open ajar. NOTE: If you have a bread maker, follow step 2 to step 5 and use the “gluten free” option to bake the bread....
Hazelnut Coffee Muffins (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Sugar Free)

Hazelnut Coffee Muffins (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Sugar Free)

These hazelnut coffee muffins are soft and super yummy. They are excellent for breakfast, afternoon tea, snacks, pre or post workout. They only took 10 minutes to make and 30 minutes to bake them. By the time I finished my morning meditation session, these yummy hazelnut coffee muffins were ready I am not a coffee drinker as coffee normally affects my sleep but I am OK eating a hazelnut coffee muffin every now and then. Studies showed coffee beans contain antioxidant phenolic acid which helps fighting cancer and depression, lowering the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) and producing serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.   Hazelnut Coffee Muffins (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Sugar Free) Ingredients 2 organic eggs (If vegan, use 1/4 cup of soaked chia seeds (Buy The Chia Co Chia Seeds Black)) 5 tablespoons raw honey or Berringa Super Manuka 120+ MGO 2 tablespoons organic raw apple cider vinegar (Buy Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic) 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup of tapioca or sweet potato flour 1 cup of Orgran Good For You Buckwheat Pancake Mix 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt (Buy Himalayan salt here) 1/2 cup of melt coconut oil (Buy coconut oil here) 1 tablespoon of Nature’s Cuppa Eco Coffee Granules 1/2 cup of hazelnut, chopped 3 cups of filtered water Method Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C or a conventional oven to 200°C. Pour 1 cup of room temperature water into a mug, add the coffee granules and stir it until dissolved. In a large bowl, sift all the flours, baking soda and salt through a sieve or a colander. Add eggs (or soaked chia seeds), honey, 2 cups of water, coffee, apple cider vinegar and melt...
Kidney Bean Wild Rice Porridge (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Kidney Bean Wild Rice Porridge (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Studies showed Wild Rice may improve heart health, anti-aging, prevent diabetes onset, strengthen bones, boost the immune system and aid the digestive system. Thanks to its high fiber, vitamin C, phosphorus, zinc, antioxidants, protein, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin B6 content. I soaked, sprouted and ground the wild rice into flour to make this Red Kidney Wild Rice Porridge. Buy a high-performance blender here to grind the wild rice.  Surprisingly, it’s super yummy! It’s now one of my favorite breakfasts. The best of all, it’s packed with completed protein, fibre, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. Kidney Bean Wild Rice Porridge Ingredients 1/2 cup of wild rice 1/2 cup of kidney beans, cooked a pinch of Nirvana Himalayan Crystal Salt  1 teaspoon of Planet Organic Spice Cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon of Planet Organic Spice Oregano 1 tablespoon of Melrose Coconut Oil Unrefined 2 cups of filtered water or coconut water 1 teaspoon of ground Planet Organic Spice Fennel Seed a teaspoon of raw honey or Berringa Super Manuka 220+ MGO Method Rinse and cover wild rice with filtered water. Add 1 teaspoon of sea salt and soak it overnight. Pour the water out and rinse the wild rice a few times. Pour the wild rice into a large pot and roast it on a medium-high heat. Stir frequently until it is dry. Let the roasted rice cool down then pour it into a high-performance blender and blend it into flour. Add the wild rice flour and the rest of the ingredients into a saucepan. Bring it to boil and constantly stir it. Cook it for 10 – 15 minutes. Serve it with...
Chia Carrot Muffin (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free & Dairy Free)

Chia Carrot Muffin (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free & Dairy Free)

Paleo Vegan Chia Carrot Muffin is super yummy and is packed with protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals. It’s great for a snack, dessert, or breakfast. Chia Carrot Muffin (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Sugar Free & Dairy Free) Ingredients 1/4 cup of chia seeds (Buy The Chia Co Chia Seeds Black) 3 carrots, shredded 2 cm ginger, shredded 5 tablespoons raw honey 3 tablespoons organic raw apple cider vinegar (Buy Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic) 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup of tapioca flour 1 cup of organic sesame flour (BuyCarwari Organic Sesame Flour) 1/2 cup of organic coconut flour (Buy Absolute Organic Coconut Flour) 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt (Buy Himalayan salt here) 1/2 cup of melt coconut oil (Buy coconut oil here) 1/2 cup of hazelnut, chopped 2 cups of water Method Soak chia seeds in 1 cup of water for at least 20 minutes. Preheat a fan-forced oven to 180°C or a conventional oven to 200°C In a large bowl, sift all the flours, baking soda and salt through a sieve or a colander. Add grated carrot, grated ginger, soaked chia seeds, honey, 1 cup of water and melt coconut oil in the bowl. Mix all the ingredients together well. Add hazelnut into the mixed flour and mix them together. Transfer the mixed flour into a greased muffin tray and bake it for 45 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean....
Eggshell Broth (Paleo & Vegetarian)

Eggshell Broth (Paleo & Vegetarian)

Studies showed that chicken eggshell contains high levels of calcium, phosphorous, trace of zinc, magnesium & manganese, essential amino acids such as leucine, phenyl alanine, isoleucine, lysine, valine, methionine and arginine. Supplementation of chicken eggshell may increase bone mineral density in postmenopausal women within 12 months. Eggshell Broth is packed with vitamins and minerals especially calcium. I normally put all the eggshells into a ziplock bag and freeze them until I make some vegetable or chicken broths. Ingredients Organic chicken eggshells 4 – 5 carrots 3 celery stalks a Spanish onion 5 garlic cloves a sprig of Thyme a handful of dried seaweed Method Add all the ingredients in a big saucepan with 4 L of filtered water and bring it to boil. Skim the foam, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3 – 4 hours. Filter the broth through a sieve. Allow the broth to cool down and store it in a fridge up to 3 days. You can use the broth to make soups or just add some salt and drink it. You may discard the eggshells if you don’t like the idea of consuming it but I normally rinse, let them dry and grind into a powder. Chicken eggshell powder is very high in calcium. References https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12064336 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11194049...
Egg San Choy Bow (Vegetarian, Paleo & Gluten Free)

Egg San Choy Bow (Vegetarian, Paleo & Gluten Free)

This yummy Egg San Choy Bow contains a good source of vitamins A, B2, B3, B12, folate, C, D, E, iron, choline, zinc, fibre and protein. The iron from eggs is not easily absorbed so it’s recommended to eat or drink a food rich in vitamin C. Egg San Choy Bow (Vegetarian, Paleo & Gluten Free) Serving 2 Ingredients 3 shredded carrots (or use carrot pulp from carrot juice) 1 shredded beetroot 3 eggs (buy organic or free range) a Spanish onion, thin slices 2 cups frozen green peas, thawed 3 garlic cloves (Don’t buy Chinese garlic as they have been bleached with chemicals) 8 Melrose Olives Black 2 tablespoons of Sauerkraut or Kimchi a tablespoon of Melrose Oils Olive Extra Virgin a tablespoon of Melrose Coconut Oil Unrefined shredded coconut (optional) chopped parsley or coriander (for garnishing) Method In a frying pan, melt the coconut oil on a medium-high heat. Add green peas, carrot, beetroot, onion and eggs into the frying pan, cook them for 5 – 7 minutes and stir occasionally. Add and mix chopped garlic once the vegetables and eggs are cooked, then turn the heat off. Serve it on cos lettuce, garnish with olives, sauerkraut, or kimchi, olive oil, shredded coconut, parsley. Enjoy!...
Anti-Candida Herbal Tea

Anti-Candida Herbal Tea

If you have been diagnosed with Candida overgrowth (Candidiasis), your doctor may prescribe Nystatin (Mycostatin or Bio-Statin) and Amphotericin B (Fungizone or Mysteclin-F) anti-fungal medications. Anaphylaxis or allergic reactions may occur while taking Nystatin and Amphotericin B. Please discuss with your doctor if you have had any allergic reaction before. If you are not sure whether you have Candida overgrowth or not, you may try a simple test called “The Spit Test” (Click here). Bear in mind that the Candida Spit Test is not 100% accurate so if you are in doubt, see your doctor for further testing. Candida can have a serious effect on the gut, brain, heart, liver, kidneys, thyroid, uterus, bladder and lungs. Following the anti-Candida diet and treatment help killing off the Candida and restore the balance of gut flora. Anti-Candida Herbal Tea Ingredients Agrimony – 1 part (Buy HildeHemmes Traditional Tea Agrimony here) Bladderwrack – 1 part Clivers – 1 part Dandelion root – 1 part (Buy Hilde Hemmes Traditional Tea Dandelion Root here) Echinacea – 1 part Fennel – 1/4 part (Buy Hilde Hemmes Traditional Tea Fennel here) Globe Artichoke – 1 part Meadowsweet – 1 part (Buy Hilde Hemmes Traditional Tea Meadowsweet here) Rosemary – 1/2 part (Buy Hilde Hemmes Traditional Tea Rosemary here) Thyme – 1/5 part (Buy Hilde Hemmes Traditional Tea Thyme here) Vervain – 1/2 part White poplar – 1/2 part Yarrow – 1 part (Buy Hilde Hemmes Traditional Tea Yarrow here) Borage – 1 part Method: Blend all the herbs into very fine for maximum effect then store in a tight glass jar. In a pot, add water and mixed tea (1 teaspoon of tea: 250ml of water ratio). Cook it on a low heat for several hours to allow the active ingredients to fully draw out into the solution. It is recommended that the tea is made the...
Protein Food List

Protein Food List

Protein provides us with amino acids. When you eat protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs, fish, dairy, lentils, beans or quinoa, your digestive system breaks down the protein into peptides and then into amino acids to build muscles, organ tissues, enzymes or neurotransmitters. Protein also plays a good role in supporting your blood sugar balance. So, if you crave for carbohydrates, you might not consume enough protein. Click here to read more about the signs of protein deficiency. There are 23 amino acids which the body can use to build the neurotransmitters and muscles but only 8 are known as essential amino acids as they must be obtained through diet. If there is not enough of the other 15 amino acids in the diet, they can be made in the body from these 8 essential amino acids. It’s very important for vegan or vegetarian to eat grains and legumes on the same day to obtain these essential amino acids. If you do not consume enough protein from foods, you may take protein supplements. However, please ensure to have a blood test every 6 months to check your liver and kidney functions. Excess dietary protein can cause high blood sugar, weight gain, kidney stress, leaching of bone minerals, and stimulate cancer cells. If you have a consistent foamy urine, please see your doctor for a kidney function test. Foamy urine could be due to dehydration, pregnancy or kidney issues. It’s very important to buy a good quality of protein supplement as some protein supplements can cause acne, constipation, diarrhoea and flatulence. Always opt for RAW, organic and fermented protein as it’s easier...
Egg Allergy Avoidance List

Egg Allergy Avoidance List

Egg Allergy Avoidance List Egg allergy is very common in children with eczema and asthma. If you suspect your child or yourself having an egg allergy, please see your doctor to have a skin prick test, a RAST or an immunoCAP test. A lot of people are allergic to the albumin protein in egg whites. Egg white is a histamine trigger food. It triggers the allergic reaction if your body is reached to the “tolerance threshold” of some natural chemicals in foods or you expose to other allergens such as dust mites, pollen etc. Under TGA rules, foods contain eggs must be labeled to declare that it “contains eggs.” However, many foods, cosmetics and personal care products, prescription and over-the-counter medications, supplements, pet food, toys and crafts contain a trace of eggs that are not listed on the labels. It is very important for you to know how to read a label for egg ingredients. How to read a label for hidden egg names? All labels should be read carefully before consuming a product, even if it has been used safely in the past.  The following ingredients contain egg protein: Albumin Apovitellin Cholesterol-free egg substitute (e.g. Eggbeaters®) Dried egg solids, dried egg Egg, egg white, egg yolk Egg wash Eggnog Fat substitutes Globulin Livetin Lysozyme Mayonnaise Meringue, meringue powder Ovalbumin Ovoglobulin Ovomucin Ovomucoid Ovotransferrin Ovovitelia Ovovitellin Powdered eggs Silici albuminate Simplesse Surimi Trailblazer Vitellin Whole egg May Contain Egg Artificial flavoring Baked goods Lecithin Natural flavoring Nougat Pasta Lasagna Ice cream Reference http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/media/Egg-Allergy-Avoidance-List-Hidden-Names.pdf...
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