Thursday, February 14, 2013

Superfood for breakfast

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This is what i had been taking for breakfast every weekdays early morning before i bring KD to school.. do you know what it is?

It's called Millet porridge, which i added in pine nuts and organic cranberries too for taste. You can also add in your favorite nuts or fruits or lecithin (which is a very good fat absorber). Y(^_^)Y

Most people have not heard of millet (known as 小米) before, and thus will not understand the benefits of millet nutrition. I was introduced to this by a TCM practitioner when i was much younger.

Millet is one of the best-kept secrets of our ancient ancestors. Traced back to its origin in China, millet has been used throughout the ages and across many countries.For centuries millet has been a prized crop in China, India, Greece, Egypt and Africa, used in everything from bread to couscous, and as cereal grain.Millet is even mentioned as a treasured crop in the Bible.This tiny "grain" is gluten-free and packed with vitamins and minerals. In fact, while it's often called a grain because of it's grain-like consistency, but millet is actually a seed.

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Millet :

* Does NOT feed pathogenic yeast (candida)
* Acts as a prebiotic to feed important microflora in your inner ecosystem
* Provides serotonin to calm and soothe your moods
* Helps hydrate your colon to keep you regular
* Is alkaline
* Digests easily

Millet is also full of nutrients your body needs, such as:

* Magnesium
* Calcium
* Maganese
* Tryptophan
* Phoshorus
* Fiber
* B vitamins
* Antioxidants

And that's not all. Many studies have been done on millet nutrition to identify its benefits for your health. Here are some of the findings:

# Magnesium in millet can help reduce the affects of migraines and heart attacks.

# Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol.

# Phosphorus in millet helps with fat metabolism, body tissue repair and creating energy (phosphorus is an essential component ofadenosine triphosphate or ATP, a precursor to energy in your body)

# Millet can help lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

# Fiber from whole grains has been shown to protect against breast cancer.

# Whole grains have been shown to protect against childhood asthma.

If you are keen to try, you can buy Millet in grocery stores such as NTUC Finest or Unity stores. Do choose organic hulled millet!

Here's how I prepare my millet:

Two table spoons of millet will give you the portion you seen in above picture. Rinse it off and remove any stones or unhulled pieces. Cook millet as you would rice but with more water (3 cups water to 1 cup millet). However, if you soak millet, you won't need as much water when you cook it. After soaking, try 1 cup of millet to 2 or 2 ½ cups of water. You determine how much water to use depending on how soft you like your grain.You will know your millet is finished because the dark yellow color will become opaque. Add in some of your favorite nuts or fruits to taste !

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