The Best Grains and Their Benefits
Red Quinoa

Red quinoa contains high quantities of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and phosphorous.  

Red quinoa is rich in lysine, an essential amino acid. Lysine helps with tissue repair and growth. 


It helps to regulate blood sugar levels.  


Quinoa contains high protein and fibre which slows gastric emptying, making you feel fuller and more satisfied than white rice.  


Red quinoa is rich in iron and contains only healthy unsaturated fat that helps to keep cholesterol levels low and helps maintain heart health. 


The high manganese content helps to regulate blood sugar levels and maintain strong and healthy bones.  It is easy to digest and being low in glycaemic index makes it a great meal for diabetics.

Cooking Directions:

  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Add water to quinoa in a 2:1 ratio
  • Boil the mixture and then reduce to low heat
  • Allow it to simmer – cover and cook for about 15 min or until liquid is absorbed
  • Let the quinoa cool down for 5 min
  • Fluff with a fork and serve

 Uses:

  • It can be used to prepare salads, soups, and vegetable cakes
  • It is used as a substitute of rice

White Quiona

This pearl grain is considered as the best source of fiber, protein, vitamin B and iron. 

Iron helps improve transportation of oxygen in the body, increasing stamina and energy levels.  

It contains low fat levels (especially bad unsaturated fats), which helps maintain cholesterol levels.  

Cooking Directions:

  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Add water to quinoa in a 2:1 ratio
  • Boil the mixture and then reduce to low heat
  • Allow it to simmer – cover and cook for about 15 min or until liquid is absorbed
  • Let the quinoa cool down for 5 min
  • Fluff with a fork and serve

 Uses:

  • It can be used to prepare salads, soups, and vegetable cakes. It is used as a substitute for rice.

Black Rice

Anthocyanin in black rice can reduce and balance the cholesterol level in the body.

Anthocyanin present in black rice helps combat free radicals inside the body, particularly the ones that cause inflammation in the airways.  

Helps Regulate Diabetes:

Consuming black rice is much more beneficial in diabetic prevention than consuming refined carbohydrates. It helps slow down the absorption of sugar in blood; reducing risk of diabetes and maintaining sugar levels.

In addition to being a good source of protein, fibre and iron, black rice is especially high in several antioxidants.  

Black rice helps prevent obesity as it is low in calories, sugar and carbs.

Aids in Digestion as it contains a lot of dietary fiber

How to use?

Cooking Directions:

  • 21/4 cup water
  • 1 cup of black rice, rinsed
  • 1/8 tsp of salt (or to taste)

 The Method:

  • Pre-soak the black rice in water for 2 hours
  • Add some salt to the rice
  • Add water in the cooker and place the pre-soaked rice vessel in the cooker
  • Shut the lid add the whistle and let it cook for 20 mins
  • Let it stand covered for ~5 -10 mins
  • Fluff with a fork and serve

 

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