Mélina Lamarche

By Mélina Lamarche

March 18, 2015

Health

What’s Trending? Ancient Grains!

Article revised on 18 July 2017

Chia and Quinoa 

In case you haven’t already discovered them, these superfoods indigenous to Latin America are well worth trying.

Look for recipes that use these tasty, nutritious seeds!

Ancient grains

 

Chia

These tiny seeds come in black or white. The darker the colour, the more pronounced the taste.

 Nutrition Facts

15 ml or 1 tbsp:

  • 2 g protein
  • 4 g fibre
  • 2 g Omega-3
  • 68 mg calcium

Uses 

  • Sprinkle them on your salads, yogourt, cereal as a garnish!
  • Add them as a thickener for your smoothies, puddings, sauces, soups…
    • Add 1 part chia seeds to 8 to 9 parts liquid
    • Mix well
  • Let sit for 10 to 20 minutes

Storage

  • In a glass jar in the refrigerator
  • Up to one year

Health benefits

  • Help control blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Aid in digestion
  • Promote a feeling of fullness

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Quinoa

These small, round yellowish seeds are used as a grain.

 Nutrition Facts

250 ml (1 cup) cooked:

  • 7 g protein
  • 4 g fibre
  • 2 mg iron
  • 250 mg potassium

Preparation

  • Soak in water with a pinch of baking soda until no more foam is released.
  • Combine 1 part quinoa with 2 parts water. Bring to a boil; then simmer over low heat 12 to 15 minutes.

Storage

  • In a light-resistant container in the refrigerator

  • Three to six months

Health benefits

  • Help control blood sugar and cholesterol
  • Aid in digestion
  • Promote a feeling of fullness

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