Natural Foods Guides

Amaranth, an Underused Ancient Grain

Grain amaranth

Amazing amaranth, once a revered drop of the ancient Aztecs, is now coming back into use via the natural-food market. Native to Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and Bolivia, grain amaranth (as it is often called, to distinguish it from vegetable amaranth, a closely related plant) is a tiny, round seed, about half the size of a millet seed. 
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Avocado Oil: Expeller-Pressed, Naturally Refined

With so many choices in cooking oil, its hard to know if you’re using the right thing. Most people are unaware of the dangers that come from conventional and over-processed vegetable oil. Even good olive oil isn’t suitable for all cooking purposes – especially high heat cooking. Chosen Foods avocado oil is the perfect, healthy, all-purpose cooking oil, but is especially suited for higher temperatures. more→

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Chia Seeds

Chia is taking the health world by storm, and for good reason. Packed full of nutrients, versatile, easy to use, shelf stable and almost flavorless, chia should be in your diet too. more→

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Buckwheat Groats (Kasha): How to Cook and Use

Buckwheat groats

Toasty, brown buckwheat groats may either be passionately disliked for their strong, distinct flavor and aroma or greatly savored for the same reasons. An oddity among grains, buckwheat is not a cereal grain in the botanical sense, but a beautiful pink-flowered plant related to rhubarb. The soft, pyramid seeds, when hulled and cracker, are known as buckwheat groats. Further milling produces buckwheat flour. 
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Chia Seeds: Frequently Asked Questions

Flaxseeds

Chia seeds are known as a great plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to a host of other nutrients, and an abundance of calcium, protein, and fiber.  These frequently asked questions are excerpted from Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood* by Wayne Coates, PhD. more→

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Oats: Making Good Use of a Versatile Grain

Ultimate oatmeal

Their mild, pleasantly nutty flavor and the variety of ways in which they can be processed make them a good, all-around grain whose uses go far beyond that of the familiar breakfast cereal. Here are ways to make the most of this familiar and comforting grain. more→

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Chestnuts: A Brief Guide to Preparing and Using

How to roast chestnuts

Evoking nostalgic images or roasting on an open fire, chestnuts are one of the winter’s most delightful seasonal traditions. Their slightly sweet, soft, and mealy meat is a departure from the usual crunch of nuts. more→

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A Guide to Salt Varieties

Salt varieties

Salt comes in all colors, shapes and sizes; as well as pure white, salt may be pink, grey, black or green. Salt truly is a rainbow-hued rock. Here’s a guide to many of the common salts available.

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