Random Inspirations is a regular feature here on Holistic Chick where I post random inspirations either on green living, natural eating, relaxation, positive thinking & living, inspirational thoughts or stories - anything that could inspire, to encourage positive change and to be random...which is something I do quite well :) If you have any random inspirations you'd like to share or get me to feature on here, I'd love to hear them!
**Today, I'd like to inspire you to add 'grain variety' into your diet**
Even if you yourself aren't personally dealing with living a gluten-free or wheat-free lifestyle, it's impossible not to notice the growing number of people out there that are in fact, gluten-intolerant or wheat-intolerant. More commonly known as Celiac's disease, it is characterized as a complete inability to properly digest gluten or wheat. For today's Random Inspiration, I'd like to encourage every single one of you to eat a wider variety of grains. I'm talking breads, pasta noodles and baking especially since I think most of us tend to have weaknesses for those foods *cough* like me *cough*
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So what does this all mean? Well personally, I believe we could all benefit from eating a variety of grains. Even if wheat & gluten aren't a problem for you, there are many benefits to adding different grains to your diet. Here's the lowdown on a few alternatives to wheat:
- Grains like spelt, kamut & rye tend to offer the most options. You can get spelt, kamut and rye bread from most grocery and health food stores. And that goes for spelt, kamut & rye pasta noodles as well. These grains do contain some gluten in them though so they're only suitable as wheat alternatives to those who can still stomach gluten and/or wheat. Taste wise, they all compare more or less to whole wheat or whole grain breads or pastas. My personal favorite is kamut since I find it less gritty than regular whole-wheat pasta and it has a mild flavour.
- Grains like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat and rice are some of the best gluten-free options out there. All are commonly available in both flour & pasta noodle form. I've personally made the switch to brown rice pasta noodles. The flavor and texture most closely resembles traditional white noodles but rice is much more gentle on the stomach and digestive system than wheat!
- Other gluten-free options include corn flour & noodles or even potato flour or noodles, but these are less nutritious - especially if they're not organic.