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Teff – what on earth is that?

teffHave you ever seen teff? One of the smallest grains in the world, teff is a gluten-free food that’s been around for over 4,000 years. It’s native to Ethiopia, and available in both light and dark varieties.

Health benefits 
Teff is a good source of iron, calcium, protein, fiber, and B vitamins. It’s gluten free, so Celiacs can rest easy with teff. It’s also great food source for diabetics as it helps control blood sugar levels.
Where to find it
Teff grain and flour can be found at your local health food store. Like other grains, it should be stored in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator or freezer.
If you’ve ever been to an Ethiopian restaurants, you may have seen a type of bread called enjera, which resembles a tortilla. That’s typically made with teff.
How to cook teff
When cooking teff, add half a cup of teff grain to 2 cups of water with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and simmer in a covered pot for 15 to 20 minutes or until water is absorbed.
Stir and let stand uncovered for 5 minutes.
I sometimes cook teff as a breakfast cereal, but its lovely nutty taste makes it great for baking cookies, muffins or pancakes.
Try these delicious teff peanut butter cookies
  • 1 ½ cup teff flour (375 ml)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (50 ml)
  • ¼ cup apple butter (50 ml)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup safflower oil (125 ml)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, cashew butter or almond butter (250 ml)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (1 ml)
Mix nut butter, oil, egg, apple butter, maple syrup and vanilla in a food processor. Do not overmix. Then add teff flour and salt. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten with a wet fork.
Shirley Plant – March 2013.

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July 11, 2013 · 7:11 am

A Smoothie – the best breakfast.

For a morning kick start and smooth ride through your day, put these into your blender:

200ml milk ( a mix of soya & coconut is my favourite, but use goat, cow, etc)

1 chopped banana

2 tsp Green Lightning  with power-packed superfoods and oceanic algae like spirulina, chlorella, and Pacific kelp, Green Lightning delivers energizing, purifying nutrients for vibrant, exhilarating health and vitality. Algae are nature’s superfood indeed.

2 tbsp live yoghurt (soya, goat, cow, etc)

Add a handful of fresh or frozen berries – raspberries, blueberries, etc. (Frozen gives a very cool smoothie, both temperature and colour!)

Now whizz with abandon, and drink BOTH glasses or you won’t make it to lunchtime. (If you have teenage daughters, make double the quantity. Trust me …. I’m a yoga teacher….)

If you refuse to be levered out of your toast-and-marmalade habit, at least get some Sun Chlorella. You’ll be so glad you did.

 

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