Eat foods that are easy for the body to digest, absorb the nutrients and eliminate the waste.
It is, according to Janie Quinn, Waverly, author, expert on eating healthier diets using sprouted whole grains and founder of “Essential Eating,” a business that brings us sprouted flour, pastas (penne, spaghetti, elbows and linguini), cereals and pretzels.
“The key to good health is digestion, (the organic process by which food is converted into substances that can be absorbed into the body) and that means eating real foods that are whole in nature as close to the source as possible,” according to Quinn.
Real foods are free of chemicals, additives, colorings, fake flavorings; are not irradiated or genetically modified and are organic, sustainable and locally grown when possible.
Organic food, including vegetables, eggs and meat are grown or raised by farmers without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or hormones and are not irradiated or genetically modified.
One of the changes Quinn made to her eating lifestyle was switching from traditional flour to sprouted whole grain flour.
What is sprouted whole grain flour?
Quinn said, “When sprouted properly, whole grains are converted from seeds to premature plants. Unsprouted seeds are digested as starches which are difficult for the body to process but plants, or sprouted whole grains, digest as vegetables.”
“Whole grains are difficult for the body to process unless they are sprouted.”
Many of your favorite foods can be made with sprouted grain flour, including mac and cheese, pasta, pretzels, bread, pizza dough, cookies, muffins, pancakes and cakes.
“Some healthier food choices you can try are sprouted bread and sprouted pasta rather than traditional bread and pasta; organic yogurt instead of milk, quinoa, (the seed of Chenopodium quinoa Willd, a species of goosefoot, which is cooked like grain) instead of rice and 100 percent maple syrup and raw agave nectar instead of other sweeteners,” said Quinn.
“And since children, under the age of 12, need more good fats and clean protein than adults, good sources are organic meats, eggs, butter, sprouted nuts, avocados, coconut oil and yogurt.”
Add apples, organic cheese, organic popcorn, organic turkey slices, homemade granola bars and nut butters to your day when snacking and you will have made some much healthier food choices.
What food should we avoid in our diets?
Quinn said, “Anything that doesn’t fuel your body. There are a lot of fake foods your body just can’t digest which only causes dis-ease, not ease.”
The Essential Eating Farmers Market, Clarks Summit, open on Thursday year round, is a place to start if you want to buy ingredients and cook your own food. Essential Eating Flours and sprouted products are also available at Everything Natural, Clarks Summit and at all Wegmans.
“It is a big part of our mission to support the local food growers,” she said. “Support your local farmers market.”
You can find more healthy eating tips by visiting essentialeating.com or facebook.com/essentialeatingfarmersmarket.