Super Grains

"S U P E R"  G R A I N S

because they are

Protein and Nutritional

P O W E R H O U S E S!

 

We have heard of "wheat" as a grain, but maybe not realize that there is a whole world of "OTHER" AMAZING GRAINS out there!

 

This topic is to help us become familiar with what these POWERHOUSES OF A GRAIN are, and how to start using them, for now and for long term storage.

If interested in an energetic, strong body, and weight loss......read about all these grains!!

 

Some people refer to these Super Grains as "GRAIN BRAIN"!

 

 

 

We need A VARIETY of foods to give us a wide spectrum of nutrients!

We don't just eat an apple and no other fruit. All fruits (or any other "whole" food) have something different to offer, nutrient-wise, for our health and we need this wide selection for complete and thorough health benefits!

 

 

*Antioxidants ~ what is this and how does it affect me?

(refer to www.naturecures.co.uk for excellent info explaining "Antioxidants"

and many many other things!)

And also read about Antioxidants in topic "FD Fruits & Veggies" under subtopic "Antioxidants!"

Antioxidants help the body repair cells and may even reduce the effects of aging! (I'm sold!)

When a fruit is exposed to air, it turns brown. The damage to the fruit is caused by oxygen in the air, called "oxidation". A substance that can reduce oxidation is called Antioxidants.

 

Antioxidants reduce inflammation,

promote healthy arteries

and fight aging by preventing and repairing cellular damage!

 

 

 

And for those needing

"GLUTEN FREE"

flour ~

 

See subtopic "Wonder Flour" for Chef Brad's GF flour recipe.

(I have included information in this "Super Grains" topic from www.chefbrad.com - great information!)

 

All the grains can be ground in the Home Grain Mills.

(See pleasanthillgrain.com or beprepared.com for purchasing these mills. I have a NutriMill and love it.)

 

*All the GF Wonder Flour grains can be bought in bulk at pleasanthillgrain.com.

Rainydayfoods offers the amaranth, but not the sorghum grain. Buy the grain itself for longer shelf life and grind when needed.

 

Grains that are considered gluten are "wheat, rye and barley".
Some people also list "oats" as a gluten grain, but that's only because they are manufactured in same warehouse as the gluten flours. They are not a gluten grain by themselves. They are fine to consume for those wanting a gluten free (GF) diet. If, however, you are celiac, meaning really sensitive to gluten, then you should consider buying GF oats available at a health food store, where no chance of any gluten flour "floating" around the warehouse has touched the oats.

 

 

 

Besides Wheat and these Super Grains listed here, other Grains that we can store are:

....rice, oats, corn, barley, pasta, etc.

 

Trivia note:

Here is the "weight" for some Grains in their #10 can; how much the can contains in its dry form, and how much that would be in its cooked form....

Macaroni - 3.38 lbs for that #10 can; 13.2 cups dry; and 30 cups cooked

Quick or Regular Oats - 2.75 lbs for that #10 can; 16.5 cups dry; and 44 cups cooked

White Rice - 5.69 lbs for that #10 can; 13.75 cups dry; and 44 cups cooked

Spaghetti noodles - 4.5 lbs for that #10 can; and 35.2 cups cooked

Whole Wheat - 5.8 lbs for that #10 can; 13 cups dry; and 20 cups ground up wheat flour

 

 

Keep in mind when looking at the calculator charts, you don't have to go exactly by the individual food suggestions (with their pounds suggestions) listed there; these are to help us get started with ideas and we will choose according to our family's likes, needs, tastes, culture, etc....however, keeping in mind the nutritional value of "whole grains" of course and the benefit of variety!

But DO go by the overall category suggested amount of pounds, of course, but individually speaking "within" that category, that is our choice how we want to set this up.

 

300 - 400 lbs of Grains are suggested to store, for 1 person for a 1 year supply of food.

 

If storing dry milk powder is kept to the minimum, then it is suggested to store 400 lbs of grain.
See "Dairy Group" topic for more discussion. And see the figuring charts under topic, "Basics of Storing Food" and subtopic "Using Calculator Charts."

 

 

The health benefits of Whole Grains …

 

If I can see "listed" what the benefits are of each grain and what it’ll do for my body,

 then I’m more encouraged to make the effort to eat it!

 

Chef Brad said we need to have about 30-35 grams of fiber each day to prevent disease

and experience best health yes.

Consumption of Whole Grain products and dietary fiber has been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart attack.  Fiber from Whole Grains (and fruit) protect against breast cancer; can also help women avoid gallstones.

 

Women who eat Whole Grains weigh less!

(now there’s an incentive to get more of them in our bodies).

 

Whole grains can significantly lower our risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Health-Promoting Activity from Whole Grains are equal to or even higher than that of vegetables and fruits.

Fiber from Whole Grains are Highly Protective against childhood asthma.

 

As we endeavor to include these whole grains into our diets – do it slowly at first so as not to overwhelm; little by little…….slow and STEADY WINS THE RACE!
But
  S T E A D Y  IS the key word!

 

Steady, “meaning a constant flow of”; always and forever part of our lifestyle!

 

 

 

And GOOD NEWS is……

 

We don’t need recipes for all these whole grains………

Although we don’t need recipes really, because we would just add these whole grains to whatever dishes we already like and are using right now………

 

I will still include a few recipes and ideas to help us get started in using them now....

 

 

Let us do remember President Kimball's quote

about how

"there will come a time when there are NO STORES"!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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