What Is This Tiny Ethiopian Grain?
There is a tiny grain that has a long list of health benefits. It is grown in Ethiopia and packs quite a nutritional punch for being such a small grain. It is called TEFF.
It is gluten free, high in iron and very tasty. It is used similarly to how we use millet or quinoa. Also, tastes great in recipes including the Chocolate pudding recipe listed at the end of this article.
It has even been mentioned as Hollywood’s new superfood. The likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham rave about TEFF.
Dr. Oz has also mentioned on his show that it is known to reduce PMS symptoms and possibly help to lose weight.
The only downside to this powerhouse grain is that it is not cheap. It can cost as much as $8 per pound for this super food. Though if you search online you can find it as low as $6.39 for 1.5 pounds.
Despite the higher cost here are 6 reasons why you should be trying to include TEFF into your healthy meal plans.
1. Nutritional Value:
TEFF contains a decent amount of protein along with a combination of 8 essential amino acids that your body needs for growth and repair. Contains a variety of nutrients such as calcium, manganese, phosphorous, iron, copper, and vitamin C.
2. Improves Blood Sugar Management
Even though TEFF is a grain it can actually help control blood sugars. It can do this because it contains 20 – 40 percent resistant starches along with a lower glycemic index.
TEFF can be eaten as a whole grain, steamed, boiled and even baked. It can be added to a variety of different recipes to boost the nutritional content of that recipe.
4. Gluten Free
This grain is a great alternative for those living with celiac disease or those who choose to follow a gluten-free lifestyle. It makes for a nutrient dense delicious option for people avoiding gluten.
5. Immune System Support:
Grains are generally not known to have significant levels of Vitamin C. As you probably know vitamin C is a crucial part of our immune system because it stimulates the production of white blood cells.
Vitamin C plays an important role in collagen, which is needed for the formation of new cells, blood vessels, and muscle tissue.
6. PMS Improvements:
TEFF has been known as an anti-inflammatory and acts as a soothing agent for menstrual pain. If you are one who suffers from severe cramping or other menstrual side effects then adding TEFF to your diet could reduce the severity of those symptoms.
Healthy Dessert Recipe Using TEFF
Here is a healthy dessert that you can eat on your high carb days or med carb days. Even though it contains some healthy carbs it also packs protein power and vitamins and minerals to take advantage of the benefits that are listed above.
Chocolate TEFF Pudding
1 cup pitted dates
3/4 cup TEFF
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 cup vanilla protein powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut flakes
Soak dates in hot water for 30 minutes. Then put 3/4 cup TEFF, 3 1/4 cups water in a saucepan and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Once TEFF is tender and has turned into a gelatinous mixture has formed remove from heat and cool.
Next, you will put the milk, dates, TEFF, protein powder, cocoa powder, and cinnamon in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If it gets too thick you can add a little bit of milk to blend it more easily.
Let cool for at least 2 hours and then top with coconut flakes and enjoy!
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