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When my family went gluten free something we quickly came to realize is how messed up most peoples diet is. At least half of Americans go a full year without eating a single whole grain. How shocking is that?! When I first heard that statistic it really made me think. If you dissect the average persons diet you can really see the where the problem areas are.
The average Americans diet:
Coffee or mixed, blended coffee-like drink
Cereal (bleached, dyed, sweetened, and then "enriched")
Pastry ( sugary, buttery, and doused with preservatives)
Fast Food (fat chance of finding a whole grain there)
School Cafeteria food (deep fried, soaking in ketchup, french fries counting as a vegetable)
Fast Food (deep fried, depleted, with 23 different ingredients)
Restaurant Food ( Containing the same amount of calories you should have for your whole day)
A frozen dinner ( seriously? No whole grains unless you specifically are looking for them)
There you go. Not a whole grain in sight. Unfortunately, with some people who go gluten free it sometimes is not a lot better. White rice flour is not a whole grain. When we went gluten free, my family and I decided we were going to try to eat as healthy as possible. As part of this endeavor, we decided to add whole grains into our life as much as we can. Here are a couple of ways to incorporate whole grains into your life:
- When eating pasta try quinoa, brown rice or flax pasta instead of white.
- Instead of white rice try brown rice or quinoa as a side.
- Try puffed whole grain cereals like Arrowhead Mills Puffed Millet.
- Buy a bread machine and make your own gluten free bread with millet, amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat flours.
2 c. Whole Amaranth grain
6 c. water
- Add all ingredients to pan, cover and bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, and cook for 25 or until the consistency that you like.
My mom likes to eat this cereal sweetened with splenda. Pureed prunes also taste really good too. I know weird, but good.
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