Sunday, December 20, 2009

The First Step

Whole grains have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood coagulation. Whole grains have also been found to reduce the risks of many types of cancer. They may also help regulate blood glucose in people living with diabetes. Other studies have also shown that people who consume more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who consumed less whole grain products. -

The first thing I decided to do was start grinding my own flour again. Yes, I admit it, I've been lazy this last year and have been BUYING flour, mostly all-purpose because it's the cheapest.

:::hangs head in shame:::

All-purpose flour has its place, mostly in desserts, but when I bake other items (like bread and pancakes), I prefer whole grain.


I ground oat, quinoa (the only grain that is a complete protein -- and it can be substituted for pasta in many dishes) and wheat.

Thankfully, I have a grinder, found on sale at the local natural foods store a couple of years ago. It does a great job, though I think I want to get a manual one, too, for the times when I might not have power, or I only want a little bit ground.

Okay... I have my flour... time to start baking. Check back later for more!

1 comment:

  1. I'm envious of your power grinder. We only have a manual grinder at home, and sometimes we wonder whether we get any net calorie gain out of the thing: it takes a LOT of work to get a little grain out of ours...