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Quinoa Health Tip

Quinoa is the super food of the Andes.  Here is a quinoa eating tip.  Soak and ferment quinoa before you eat it.  See a great recipe for thermos quinoa kitchari below.

thermos quinoa kichari

Thermos quinoa kitchari

Quinoa is a great vegetarian food because it is a complete protein and can replace wheat even though it belongs to a different botanical class.

Quinoa is a relative of spinach, beets and chard but provides all nine essential amino acids and is a source of fiber, magnesium, iron and riboflavin.

However quinoa contains three substances that may hinder natural health.  One substance are saponins, soap-like molecules that coat the exterior of quinoa. They can lead to digestive problems and even “leaky gut”.

Another is prolamins that can extend gluten reactions even when gluten is not taken in.

The third substance is phytic acid which actively binds to important minerals and makes them unavailable to the body.

When quinoa is soaked 12 hours prior to cooking, a great deal of the saponins are removed as well as 60% to 70% of the phytic acid.  If the quinoa is fermented with whey for 18 hours. even more of the physic acid is removed.

Another way to get a complete protein source is from grass-fed beef, wild fish, pastured poultry, pork and eggs, with an assortment of mineral-rich leafy greens, colorful seasonal veggies and low sugar, antioxidant-rich fruits like organic berries.

To this end we have been encouraging and letting readers know about micro businesses that help us remove the tyranny of big agri businesses that deliver unhealthy food.

One such business is the Rose Mountain butcher Shoppe run by our friend and neighbor, Ann Rose.  The message Micro Agri Story features Ann’s business and she is offering a special to readers of this message.  We are encouraging businesses like Ann’s that offers micro agri products from dozens of micro agri producers in Ashe and surrounding Counties.

Ann Rose site

Ann’s window front in Lansing.

Rose sells products from her farm and from other local growers and has created a way for our readers to enjoy healthy food without coming to the Blue Ridge (though we do hope you’ll visit us at a seminar here).

All of the producers of meat for the shoppe are held to the standards of Humane and Non-GMO. The local farmers raising livestock for the shoppe are neighbors and are committed to local and sustainable practices.

Grass feed beef sampler.

Ann’s shop offers many types of natural food.

micro agri business

Ann can ship from her shop to anywhere in the USA.

micro agri business

To help you sample the high quality of Ashe County products we had Ann create a sampler pack with four pounds of organic grass fed beef, frozen, wrapped in ice and shipped by two day priority mail.  Since Ann does not have a shopping cart at her website, we created a way you can order through our site below.

Four pounds of grass humane, non GMO grass fed beef including priority mail postage and shipping $47.

You can see more about Ann’s shop and how to create a healthy food program at her website: www.rosemountainbutchershoppe.com


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Thermos Quinoa Kitchari

Thermos quinoa kitchari is a very healthy, fast… easy… portable meal anywhere.

This is a meal you can live on… balanced with protein, carbs and fat… filled with nutrition, delicious and easy and fast to prepare.

Here is the recipe for Thermos Quinoa Kitchari.

1/3 cup organic quinoa (dry or fermented)

2/3 cup Mung Beans (or Yellow Split) or Green Split Peas.

Handful of Vegetables of your choice.

3 cups (approx.) Water

A bit of Salt

1 tsp. Coconut Oil, Ghee or Olive Oil.

1 tsp. Cumin Powder

1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder

1/2 tsp. Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp. Fennel Powder

1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing) if this suits you.

If dry, soak the quinoa in water overnight.   Then pour out the water in the morning.

Stir the dry quinoa, split peas (or mung beans), vegetables and spices with the water and bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Bring back to a boil and pour into a thermos.   Add the coconut oil on top.  Close the thermos. Leave at least two hours.  Enjoy your walk. Open and eat!  Delicious.

I personally like spinach or greens and celery as vegetables… ideally organic and ideally washed with Purely Green.  I cut them into smallish pieces so they’ll fit in the thermos.

I also use organic spices… normally Frontier Brand purchased at the health food store.