Favourite Food of the Month
Quinoa

Quinoa is a high-fibre food with five grams of fibre per cup (cooked). Fibre not only promotes digestive health, but may also reduce the risk of breast cancer in pre-menopausal women, may prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, promote weight loss and aid in weight maintenance. It is high in protein which is needed for tissue repair and  building and maintaining muscle. Foods high in protein promote satiety and research suggests a protein-rich diet may speed weight loss. Quinoa is gluten-free, making it a nutritious substitute for those with wheat allergies or suffering from celiac disease.

Ingredients 
Curried Quinoa
1 onion chopped                                  3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. of mild curry powder                1 tbsp of minced fresh ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper                    2 1/2 cups of * organic chicken broth*
1 cup of quinoa, uncooked                  1/2  cup each of *unsulphured dried apricots and raisins, cut into pieces
2 cups of frozen green peas

Directions:
Cook the onions, garlic and curry powder in 1/2 cup of broth in a large sauce pan over medium heat until softened (about 5 minutes). Stir in the remaining 2 cups of broth, quinoa, raisins and apricots. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Stir in the frozen peas and cook 2-3 minutes or until they are thawed and heated through.
Adapted from 20/30 Fat & Fiber Diet Plan by Gabe Mirkins, M.D. and Barry Fox, PhD.  * adaptation

We (Serenity’s Gift Cove) haven’t tried this recipe as of yet, and would appreciate your feed back if you get a chance to give it a go. ☺

Please visit Natural Wellness Solutions for their January Calendar…They have  lots going on this month  including your chance to get your 2nd level Reiki… Priced at: $270:00…. Class is on January 16th. 

 Natural Wellness Solutions
Address: 604 Brock St. South, Whitby
Local Phone: 905-666-0005
Email: info@naturalwellnesssolutions.ca

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