Healthy Pasta TASTE TEST + 4 Reasons Why I STILL Avoid Gluten

 

Pasta. What a delectable vehicle for vegetables!  Add your favorite beans, steamed veggies, and tomato sauce and BOOM! An impressive gourmet dinner.  While intact grains are the gold standard (grains in their whole form), whole grains, yes including their bran, germ, and endosperm, are milled into a fine flour to make whole grain pastas, breakfast cereals, and other “whole grain” products.  A few examples of legit whole intact grains would be steel cut oats, brown rice, quinoa, and millet.

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How to tell if the product is WHOLE GRAIN?

  1. Whole grain stamp is on the package
  2. “100%” or “Whole” are used to describe it
  3. The first ingredient listed is a whole grain

refinedgrains

Refined grains are not only grains milled into a flour, but their grain was stripped of the nutrient and fiber containing bran and germ! Murder! Refined grains are white / light in color and examples include white bread, cookies, cakes, pretzels, white rice, regular pasta, and anything made with white flour. Darn!

Don’t fret too much! The recommendation is:

Make at least 1/2 of your grains whole grains.

Grains are an important part of a healthy balanced diet for fiber, iron,powerplategraphichirez magnesium, selenium, b vitamins, and lasting energy! Be sure to include them on your plate.

The Taste Test

Well before #1, my personal favorite is ZUCCHINILINI OF COURSE! Which is simply zucchini or summer squash, spirilized to look and feel like spaghetti. I like to mix it with pasta dishes to add bulk, flavor, color, and more veg of course!

#1 Nature’s Promise Whole Wheat Spaghetti: #1 in taste, texture, and nutritional profile. Contains gluten.

#2. Bionaturae Gluten Free Corn and Soy Spaghetti: Fabulous texture and taste and with 5g protein and 6% iron, this product is ok. Low in fiber :-/

#3. Jovial Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti: Quite sticky texture, but great flavor and elasticity.  Would go great with a sauce. However, low in fiber although whole grain. Brown rice is naturally low in fiber.

 

#4. Ancient Harvest Gluten Free Corn and Quinoa Spaghetti: Texture dry and kinda crunchy, but a good source of fiber at 16% daily value and 10% iron!

#5. Andean Dream Quinoa Gluten Free Spaghetti: Texture was definitely a little sandy.  But I must say with 6% calcium, 12% iron, and just barely a good source of fiber at 10% daily value, not bad.

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The Consensus:

The quinoa based gluten free products have a better nutritional profile, but are not as delicious as the lower fiber rice based ones.

Why I personally still avoid Gluten?

Do I go out of my way to avoid gluten?

No.  I still enjoy it in moderation. My mom makes homemade bread and pizza with gluten which I eat occasionally.  My diet is whole foods based, so I rarely purchase packaged products that might contain gluten.

Do I eat gluten every day?

No.  Maybe I eat a gluten containing meal or snack 3-4 times a week.  I am generally healthy and do not currently feel any reason to put more effort into seriously avoiding wheat, barley, rye, and foods containing gluten 100% of the time.

Why I make this personal choice:

  1. My sister has ulcerative colitis, which is similar to celiacs in that they are both autoimmune inflammatory intestinal disorders. With a genetic risk factor in my family, I try to not over load the gluten as a personal preventative measure.
  2. Studies linking gluten and autism spectrum disorders autism-and-nutrition-1. The GFCF (gluten free casein free) diet has been shown to help people with ADHD and autism, what else could it be linked to? I am ever curious and after reading such articles have trouble stomaching gluten (and of course would never recommend drinking milk).
  3. Naturopaths recommend avoiding gluten initially when trying to avoid inflammation with an “elimination diet,” along with dairy and other common inflammatory trigger foods. With this in mind, many people have success reversing adverse symptoms like rashes, IBS, fatigue, etc (SO MANY), once they remove gluten from their diet.  I grew up with canker sores, weird rashes, and eczema so, avoiding inflammation (and gluten) is in my best interest.
  4. Close friends with celiac disease so it is easier for everybody to find a gluten free delicious option!

While as you could see from the video, a gluten free diet is not recommended for the general public because it tends to have less nutrients. Be a savvy shopper and let me know if you have any questions! Enjoy those intact whole grains and plant yums! xx

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3 Reasons Nobody Likes a Meathead In Bed

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Everyone loves a big, strong, buff, pro-corkscrewing football-playing stud in the sack! According to recent research, however, performance can still be drastically improved!
1. Blood Flow
What makes a boner? Yup, collegiate scholars – blood flow.  What clogs blood flow, making blood cells stick together, increasing blood pressure and slowing blood flow? The same foods that cause cardio-vascular disease: cholesterol, saturated fats and high sodium foods (the basic manly man diet)! NO!!!
According to Dr. Terry Mason, “A whole food plant-based diet can improve sexual function the same way it improves high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. Erectile dysfunction is the first clinical indicator of generalized cardio-vascular disease.”  Not only is it beneficial to the ladies for your man to keep it up and keep it coming, but the orgasm sensation is much more prominent with a harder boner. And this blood flow scenario is the same anatomy for the ladies, just on a smaller scale!  We want the most out of our blood flow too! The better the blood flow, the better the boner, the better the booyaa.
2. Energy
WebMD’s number one fatigue fighter? You are what you eat. If you eat something dead, cooked, processed, fatty, and salty then you will be dead, cooked, processed, fatty, and salty!  Want to be alive, bright, colorful, sustainable, vibrant, antioxidant rich, vitamin rich, natural energy rich and hydrated in bed – and all the time? Go for those foods!!  According to Purdue’s own Dr. Tim Gavin, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., “Carbohydrates are the body’s number one fuel source.” No fellahs, not protein, not fat, CARBOHYDRATES!  Muscle contraction needs energy from carbohydrates to occur. Stored carbohydrates in the form of glycogen in muscles prevents muscle soreness! Go hard, CARB UP!  And eating a whole, high-carb, plant-based diet has been shown to increase quality of sleep and make a morning person out of you!  Talk about getting it on in the a.m.!
Beneficial blood flow and energy foods:
Fruit
Vegetables
Whole Ggrains
Beans
Legumes
Nuts and seeds
Plant sources of healthy fats
Detrimental Blood Flow and Energy Foods:
Anything fried
Fatty meats (most meat)
Eggs (high cholesterol)
Cheese
Dairy Products
Fast food
Cheesy bread
Hamburgers and hot dogs
Processed and packaged foods
3. Compassion
Meatheads, when it comes to an aggressive attitude, no thank you! A girl needs to know that he cares. That he cares about pleasing the beautiful her! But also, that he cares about his own body and well-being. That he cares about his life, his health and his future! A guy that cares is a diamond in the rough at a big school like this. The healing power of the compassionate human touch is an indescribable force. We hold those compassionate people closest to our hearts. Eating a diet that is natural, sustainable, synergistic, vibrant and whole will love you back. Smile uncontrollably and love big! When you feel that good, filling your cells with energy and nutrients, you will have more love to give and bring a bigger positive contribution to this planet.
The health benefits are endless. A healthy diet will help you in everything you do. Mentally and physically.  Have fun with that increased blood flow and energy! Live big, dream big, love big, use protection and CARB UP!