RULE: Try New Grains

If you’re like me, the only grain I knew growing up were wheat and white rice.  And let’s be honest, there was no “whole wheat” bread or pasta. There was WonderBread and spaghettios; and bread, pasta and rice were my 3 best ‘carb’ friends. (Note: in those days, potatoes were still considered vegetables)  I could’ve consisted entirely on Kraft mac n’ cheese and Chinese buffets (and, later, did! in my 20s).

Thankfully I’ve broadened my carbohydrate network. Though I still can crush a plate of mac, my grains and carbohydrates are now of the healthier variety.

Meet Farro (rhymes with “tomorrow”) A hearty, nutty grain that goes well anywhere pasta or rice would.  Cooks in ~ 10 minutes, 1 part Farro to 2 parts water. Cook until water is gone and grains are fluffy.

My favorite thing to mix faro with is 1/2 small sleeve of goat cheese, juice from 1 lemon and 2 handfuls of arugula! With sea salt and pepper to taste.

So, go now. Off you go. Try a new grain. Consider amaranth, millet, farro, kamut, teff, spelt, sorghum and quinoa.




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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

3 thoughts on “RULE: Try New Grains

      1. Well, I experimented with making a “bread” out of it. I soaked it with buckwheat till the buckwheat sprouted JUST a little bit. Rinsed lightly. Added some more fresh water and then food processed to a batter with a little salt. Then, let it sit lightly covered in a parchment lined bread pan to rise just a little bit (ferment; it doesn’t rise much, maybe by at most a third). Then baked. I liked that a lot. I’ve added it to some bars as a mix in. I also like the porridge recipe on the Bob’s Red Mill Bag with dates. I don’t know. I just like it. Maybe it’s got something I need. 🙂 I think it’s rich in iron.

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