In The Pancake Race Quinoa Wins

Hale & Hearty Pancake Mix

Pancakes are fast becoming a firm favourite in our household and a quick, simple dish to have as a tasty treat any time of day.

With Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) upon us, we decided to try the Hale & Hearty 4-grain organic pancake mix, which turns out to be deliciously wholesome for sweet or savoury dishes.

It gave a thicker consistency than our usual mixture but cooked up in the same way and the results were a real success. Being gluten free, wheat free, milk free, soya free and vegan it ticked all the boxes and satisfied the whole household.

The 4 supergrains, are all high in fibre and low in GI. One in particular being quinoa – apparently this particular ‘superfood’ is one of the most searched for foods online in the UK, becoming more and more popular for its health benefits, high protein and nutrient content.

The Incas referred to Quinoa as the “mother of all grains” and it’s not surprising that it’s becoming a more common sight in our kitchens.

Quinoa is also a delightful alternative to rice or couscous.

Quinoa Facts

Quinoa is a grain crop grown for its edible seeds. It is pronounced KEEN-wah.

It has been consumed for thousands of years in South America, although it only recently became trendy.

It is Very High in Fibre… Much Higher Than Most Grains.

It is Gluten Free and Perfect For People With Gluten intolerance.

Quinoa is Very High in Protein, With All The Essential Amino Acids That we need for a healthy diet.

It also has a low Glycemic Index (The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels.

It is High in Minerals That Most People Don’t Get Enough of, especially Magnesium

Quinoa is Loaded With Antioxidants.

These days, you can find Quinoa and products made with it all over the world… especially in health food stores and restaurants that emphasise natural foods.

There are three main types of quinoa that are widely cultivated and available… white, red and black.

Apparently, NASA scientists have been looking at it as a suitable crop to be grown in outer space, mostly based on its high nutrient content, ease of use and how easy it is to grow.

The year 2013 was actually called “The International Year of Quinoa” by the United Nations (UN), based on its high nutrient value and potential to contribute to food security worldwide

To help you boost your quinoa intake Hale & Hearty also produce a Penne Pasta, made using authentic Italian methods, which combines quinoa and corn to create a gluten free alternative that will help keep hunger locked up for longer, and Honey Bee Cereal, blending quinoa with rice, corn and a little organic honey or milk free chocolate to ensure your taste buds benefit as much as your health.

Poppy Watt

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