For example, there are a couple of health foods that I have come to love and substituted into my diet over the last month. They are Quinoa and Chia seeds.
Pronounced Keen-wa, Quinoa is a plant that grows in the extremely high altitudes of the South American Andes, and was cultivated by the Incas thousands of years ago. The name comes from the ancient Inca language meaning "Mother-Grain" or "Super-Grain". Today it is considered a "superfood" and has extremely high nutritional values. It is high in "complete" protein, something that is rare to find in plants, making it extremely popular with vegans and vegetarians. Its organic and gluten-free, however, the best part is that is tastes good with minimal effort.
Quinoa is boiled, and can be used as a substitute in most dishes that require rice, couscous or any other pulse, served hot or cold.
Salvia Hispanica, or Chia, is a flowering plant of the mint family. Native to southern Mexico, it was also cultivated by the Ancient Aztecs. The seeds were used by the ancients as a slow release of energy and while hunting, the Aztecs would place a handful of Chia Seeds in their cheeks. However some sources show that Chia was as widely used as Maize in other civilizations. Its nutritional value is similar to that of seeds such as flax or sesame. It is gluten free and an excellent source of protein and fiber.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I will be posting up recipes for both ingredients along with some great information sources. Until next time though, carry on cooking.