I think one of the big reasons why so many people avoid cooking brown rice or lentils is because they don’t always like the flavour and think that it is dull and tasteless. It doesn’t need to be you know.
Here are a few tips on how to jazz up your lentils or brown rice:
- Sauté some onion, garlic and chopped carrot before adding the lentils or rice
- Add a teaspoon bouillon powder to the cooking water
- Add fresh herbs and spices at the end of cooking
- Toast some cumin and coriander in a hot pan, then grind in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Sauté your onion and garlic and then add these spices before adding the rice or legumes.
- Use cooked rice or lentils as leftovers and add 1/2 chopped avocado, feta cheese and a chopped tomato as well as fresh herbs for a lovely light lunch time salad and eat cold.
Whole grains, legumes and pulses are rich in fibre and will help to keep your blood sugar balanced as well as keep you full for longer and most importantly they keep you regular.Fibre acts like a brush in your colon and ‘sweeps’ it clean, feeding the good bacteria along the way. (all technical terms) They are packed with B vitamins which is essential for energy and great for those who knows stress as a household name. Ensure they are well cooked and soaking before cooking also helps to ensure optimal digestion and prevents bloating. Start this evening by replacing your white rice for some wholegrain variety. Your tummy will love you for it!
I am almost always amazed when clients tell me how constipated they are, and I mean seriously constipated. Some have a bowel movement every five days, others ten and these scenarios have been continuing for a years. They feel sluggish, uncomfortable and not very sexy.
Every remedy has been tried from laxatives to soaked prunes in uneven numbers to fibrogel with no lasting results. However, many don’t think that their current diet or lifestyle has any role to play and I can obviously not wait to show them the light.
Let’s start at the beginning. Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on bowel health. Loving your tummy should be on the top of your list of priorities for optimal health.
If you haven’t heard this before, I will say it again….CHEW, CHEW, CHEW you food. I would like to see that you are the person annoying the waiter because you are eating so slowly and he is giving you the evil eye, waiting to clear the table. You’ll have the last laugh and will probably also be the last to reach for the Rennies after the meal – well, hopefully not at all!
Digestion of carbohydrates starts in the mouth. Good lubrication and masticated food is essential to combine digestive enzymes with the food in order for effective digestion and absorption of nutrients to take place. Further enzymes are secreted by the pancreas and the liver to continue the process, but it is so much easier if the food is already well liquidised. Needles to say that waste material will also be passed much easier through the bowels.
Food which remains undigested can irritate the large bowel and cause other problems.
Remember…. your tummy doesn’t have teeth and don’t forget to choo, choo, choo your food.
Next week I will continue with advice on different types of fibre and why it is such an important ingredient for loving your tummy effectively.