Grains, Nuts and Seeds

This is whole grain wheat



Eat some grains they are high in protein

All grains with the exception of millet are classified as acid-forming starches. They combine very well with any kind of veggie, including salad vegetables, seeds and herbs.

I love to make a whole wheat pasta salad and add different types of grains and seeds, nuts and herbs. I did it today. I made a cold salad with whole wheat pasta and added some spices such as rosemary and basil. I also included some quinoa, my favorite.

As well as being a good source of complex carbohydrates, grains are also an important dietary fiber that the body needs in order to stay healthy and well.

Grains also provide us with minerals and vitamins. They play an important role in our blood-sugar levels, as well as cholesterol and blood pressure.

Digestion help

While some grains can present health problems for those who need gluten-free, rice is easily digested. Maize (corn), millet, buckwheat, quinoa and amaranth are all gluten-free.

Nuts and Seeds: Very healthy foods

Both nuts and seeds are rich in essential fatty acid, protein, minerals and Vitamin E and B complex.

All nuts and seeds are very compatible with protein foods, but the best way to eat nuts is on their own, like fruit, or in combination with some veggies and salads.

Seeds, especially sunflower and sesame seeds are rich with essential fatty acids, minerals and B complex vitamins. They are also alkaline forming. When using oils derived from seeds make sure you use the cold pressed varieties for the most nutrition.

Taken in part from: Dries, J and Dries, I ( 2002) The Food Combining Bible: Your Complete Guide to Using the Hay Diet for Digestive Health and a Balanced Approach to Weight Loss. Hammersmith, London. Harper-Collins Publishing