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Getting Acquainted With New Foods
Changing your diet will involve getting acquainted with a few new foods that youmay have never heard of or are not used to eating. Don't be scared, be excited!Here's some information about a few foods that may be new to you, but are soversatile, delicious, and nutritious we just have to tell you about them so you canincorporate them into your diet.
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is a fast cooking grain with a fluffy consistency and amild, delicate, slightly nutty flavor.Quinoa is high in protein, calcium and iron, vitamin E and B vitamins. Quinoa has amuch higher protein content than other grains and is the only grain to be considereda complete protein source due to the presence of all eight essential amino acids.Quinoa even contains albumen, a protein found in eggs and animal tissue.Quinoa cooks in only 15 minutes and is excellent in soups, stews, stir fries, and salad
Soba noodles are Japanese noodles made from buckwheat, which gives them aninteresting nutty flavor. They are a complete source of protein and are higher in fiberthan regular pasta. We love them because they only take 4 minutes to cook, and aregreat served either cold or hot.
Flax has been praised for its ability to fight heart disease and cancer, and has grownin popularity in recent years. You will now find it available in most stores. It is anextremely high source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, fiber, and lignans.Store flax in the fridge and add it directly to smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, or pancakesfor the most benefit.
A good dark chocolate bar should be between 70-80% cocoa, and contain no dairyand very little sugar. If you are used to eating sweets high in sugar, this kind of chocolate may not taste good at first. After you've been avoiding sweets and dairy, itwill taste sweet, creamy, and incredibly delicious.We like dark chocolate because it satisfies our sweet craving (one or two small piecesis enough...it is a high calorie food!). Dark chocolate is extremely high in powerfulcancer-fighting antioxidants. Besides being slightly sweet, chocolate is an incrediblycomplex food with over 300 distinct flavors. Once your taste buds readjust to lesssugar, you will get much more enjoyment from eating a small amount of high quality