So what gives? Well, today people are gaining weight because they are eating too much chemicalized, artificial junk food. If Americans were eating bowls of freshly cooked whole grains and vegetables every day instead of processed junk food, we would not have a nation of overweight children (and parents). Whole grains, such as quinoa (my favorite) are some of the best sources of nutritional support, containing high levels of dietary fiber and B vitamins and yes—protein (vegans rejoice). Because the body absorbs them slowly, grains provide long-lasting energy and help stabilize blood sugar.
As a parent, this is great news because now, you are armed with some alternatives to the buttered noodles and white rice. Try some steamed quinoa or millet, or perhaps some buckwheat or kasha—and yes, add some butter or soy sauce for flavor. Just let the your kids experiment and you’ll be surprised at what they’ll come up with!
(2 Recipe Options~see below)
Toasted Millet Pilaf
Serves 4 to 6
1 1/4 cups millet
2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup finely diced onion
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves (I put in almost 2 tspn)
1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
1 cup peeled and coarsely grated carrot (about 2 carrots)
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (Optional)
Finely grated zest of 1 orange (Or use lemon instead)
3 quarter-sized slices fresh ginger (vary amount based on taste)
Freshly squeezed juice of 1 orange (1/4 cup)
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (really makes this dish yummy!)