2013 International Year of Quinoa

Welcome to 2013 – celebrating the International Year of Quinoa (known by the Incas as the  ‘mother of all grains’) as the FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization) recognises the crop’s resilience, adaptability and its potential contribution in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Read below for a list of interesting snippets and facts about Quinoa.


If you are looking for quinoa to bake, eat or drink, you are at the right place – we have a dazzling variety of products containing quinoa in store now:

 

Baking Flours & Pancake Mixes

Bakers Bread Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Bakers Bread Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Cake Light Gluten Free Flour Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Flour Gluten Free Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Pancake Mix Gluten Free Wheat Free Casalare (300g)

 

Drinks – Milks/Non-Dairy

ChoQuinoa Rice Drink Dairy-Gluten Free Isola Bio C.Org. (750ml)

ChoQuinoa Rice Drink Dairy-Gluten Free Isola Bio C.Org. (750ml)

Quinoa Milk Gluten Free EcoMil Certified Organic (1L)

Quinoa Milk Powder Gluten Free EcoMil Certified Organic (400g)

 

Crackers, Stick & Twigs

Crackers Black Pepper Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic(184g)

Crackers Black Pepper Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic(184g)

Crackers Caraway Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Crackers Herb Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Crackers Original Gluten Dairy Free Certified Organic (184g)

Sticks and Twigs Sea Salt Gluten Free Certified Organic (227g)

 

Cereals, Oats, Flakes, Museli & Puffs

Gluten-Freestyle Granuesli The Unexpected Guest C.Organic (300g)

Gluten-Freestyle Granuesli The Unexpected Guest C.Organic (300g)

Muesli Toasted Light Crisp Gluten Free Certified Organic (400g)

Muesli Toasted Light Crisp Gluten Free Certified Organic (800g)

Oats Australian Wholegrain Rolled Certified Organic (850g)

Oats Super 6 Grains Rolled Eclipse Certified Organic (1kg)

Quinoa Puffs Gluten Free Certified Organic (250g)

Quinoa Rolled Flaked Gluten Free Certified Organic (600g)

Quinoa Rolled Flaked Gluten Free Eclipse Cert. Organic (1kg,zip)

Chocolate bars

Dark Quinoa Chocolate 60pc Alter Eco Fairtrade Cert.Organic(80g)

Dark Quinoa Chocolate 60pc Alter Eco Fairtrade Cert.Organic(80g)

 

Biscuits

N Oatmeal Raisin Gluten Free Cookies Vegan Cert.Organic (155g)

N Oatmeal Raisin Gluten Free Cookies Vegan Cert.Organic (155g)

 

Pasta

Quinoa Rice Baby Anellini Gluten Free Olive Green Organic(250g)

Quinoa Rice Baby Anellini Gluten Free Olive Green Organic(250g)

Quinoa Rice Beetroot Spinach Baby Anellini Olive Green Org(250g)

Quinoa Rice Penne Gluten Free Olive Green Cert. Organic (300g)

Quinoa Rice Spaghetti Gluten Free Olive Green Cert.Organic(300g)

 

Seeds & Grains

Omega Energy Plus Mix Power Seeds Cacao Currants C.Organic(500g)

Omega Energy Plus Mix Power Seeds Cacao Currants C.Organic(500g)

Quinoa Tricolour Whole Gluten Free Eclipse Cert. Organic (1kg)

Quinoa White Australian Gluten Free Certified Organic (1kg)

 

Soup Mix

Soup Mix Gluten Free Certified Orgainc Eclipse (1kg)

Soup Mix Gluten Free Certified Orgainc Eclipse (1kg)

 


Quinoa snippets & facts

  • a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds
  • originated in the Andean region of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru and suited to the local climate, soils and rainfall
  • domesticated some 4,000 years ago for human consumption
  • Spanish colonists scorned quinoa as ‘food for Indians’
  • Conquistadores forbade quinoa cultivation for a time, forcing Incas to grow wheat instead
  • grown from coastal regions in Chile to over 4,000m in the Andes
  • crop value has tripled since 2009, and risen seven-fold since 2000
  • people in quinoa-growing areas are now eating less of the longtime staple, but that’s partly because the extra income farmers are seeing from rising quinoa prices is allowing them to diversify their diets, adding things like fresh vegetables that they once couldn’t afford
  • Bolivian government nutrition programs have begun to incorporate quinoa into school breakfast and new (pregnant) mothers’ subsidies
  • seeds contain essential amino acids like lysine and good quantities of dietary fiber, calcium, phosphorus, and iron
  • a ‘complete’ protein with high protein content (around 14% by mass)
  • gluten-free, cholesterol-free and considered easy to digest
  • being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration human occupied spaceflights
  • the FAO (U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization) says it is so nutritious it can be substituted for mother’s milk
  • can be substituted for rice in just about anything — from soup to salad to pudding to bread
  • slightly bitter alternative to rice or couscous
  • comes in three different colours – white, red and black

 

Further reading (article reference sources):

 

Quinoa on Wikipedia

12 things you should know about quinoa

Popular Quinoa Energizing Bolivian Economy

Is eating quinoa evil?

It’s OK To Eat Quinoa

One-sided Guardian article incites media scare

 

 

Master Cleanse time! What are your tips?

Its Spring, its Master Cleanse time of year! We have noticed everyone is stocking up on Certified Organic B Grade Maple Syrup, Cayenne Pepper, Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt and all the other goodies to enjoy a good cleanse.

The Master Cleanse is designed to cleanse your body, aid in weight loss, reduce acne, bloating, gas, indigestion, aches, pains and fatigue. And just to improve overall health and energy – all by removing toxic internal waste that has been sitting in our bodies for years.

By letting the body rest from the time it normally spends on breaking down, digesting and assimilating food, the body can naturally spend time to cleanse itself.

There are many websites dedicated to the famous Master Cleanse, documenting experiences and best recipes.

Remember: Certified Organic ingredients are best as we are aiming to cleanse our body of toxic waste and chemicals including all the pesticides, herbicides and pollution we inhale and some may consume very day.

How to do a Master Cleanse:

1. Drink your Master Cleanse drinks every day for whatever duration of your cleanse: this depends on your level of activity, and ability to fast and rest on the cleanse. Fasting has been done for centuries by many cultures for its healthy benefits. It is a good kick-start to cleansing your body.

2. How long? This depends on when you choose to start your cleanse – during holidays or a busy work week. Remember that during a cleanse, rest is also important to relax your body and nervous system. If life is always busy, that is fine, any cleanse for any duration is better than none.

A start is just 1 day of liquids and/or light foods as in point 3 and 4 to gauge your energy. Persevere through your second day working towards a good juice/fluids fast with no solid food, and by Day 3 you will be feeling so much lighter and fresher.

A good week of cleansing a few times a year is common practice to rejuvenate your body and reverse any signs of ailment. The maximum period of a cleanse recommended by many practitioners is 10 days. If you can manage 3 days, you are on track. Don’t feel guilty for not staying on a cleanse longer. The idea is a guilt-free happy detox for whatever duration.

3. What organic drink or recipe is best? Take your pick –

– whether it be the Lemonade Drink recipes below or

– raw vegetable juices – kale, carrot, celery, parsley, spinach, beetroot, ginger, pear and apple: lots of blood and fluid purifying choices here.

Combine the above Lemonade or juices with any of the below to supplement your energy requirements if needed:

– vegetable broth – light, home made and not over cooked – carrot, celery, spinach, parsley …

– cleansing teas e.g. peppermint, chamomile, fennel,  tulsi, Extox Tea – all found here

– smoothies with natural plant protein and green powders full of chlorophyll and detoxifying properties e.g. spirulina and other Super Green powders or Nutrient Superfoods such as Maca (hormone balance), delicious high protein Mesquite, antioxidant plus Maqui and Acai. See our favourite Power Smoothie below.

All these extra treats boost your energy requirements for busier lifestyles wanting to include a Master Cleanse in their schedules.

4. Entering or exiting from a Master Cleanse – Slowly enter and exit your cleanse with fresh raw vegetables, salads, soups and heartier smoothies with a good fast on liquids inbetween.

5. Enjoy your new energy and brighter attitude. After your cleanse, keep up the ideal balance of 80-20 alkaline-acid foods, and proper food combining plus healthy lifestyle habits.

And enjoy it all happily, no stress or anxiety, accepting all that you do is fine and good. Stray off the path alittle? … thats ok – that is your 20%. Jump back on and rejuvenate with your 80% life-giving living foods and healthy habits.

A key is to Eat a Rainbow :)!

 

RECIPES –

Our favourite Power Smoothie:
* Rice or Nut Milk e.g. almond, hazelnut, walnut or chestnut OR DIY Nut milk with a Nut Milk Bag
* Vegetable Juice e.g. carrot, kale, spinach, cabbage, beetroot, ginger, pear, celery.
* 1 tsp or tbspn depending on how many nutrients you would like of any of the below.Click here to search for these organic superfoods:
– MicrOrganics Green Superfoods or Synergy Super Greens Powder
– Acai or Maqui – super high antioxidants
– Mesquite – high protein caramelly flavour – yum!
– Maca – hormonal balance
– Lucuma – fibre, calcium, vitamin C
– Pea or Sprouted Rice Protein powders
– Chia seeds, Black Sesame Seeds or Hemp Seeds – omega 3s, good essential fatty acids and protein
– Carob – alkaline mineral boost plus addictive flavour
* Fresh Banana.

You can vary the amounts of each depending on your preference for flavour. Some days we just love a carob banana smoothie, or a citrus berry-like Acai drink.

Blend and enjoy – YUM!

 

Master Cleanse Lemonade Drink Recipes:

(Source: mastercleansesecrets.com)

1. (single serving):
2 Tablespoons of organic lemon Juice (about 1/2 a Lemon)
2 Tablespoons of Organic grade B maple syrup (not the commercial maple flavoured syrup you use on pancakes)
1/10 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder
Ten ounces of filtered water

2. (1.5L daily serving):
1.5L of filtered water
12 Tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup
12 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne pepper powder

 

What are your recipes and tips for a great Master Cleanse?

 

 

 

What foods are Alkaline vs Acid: Food Chart

As we previously mentioned in a last post, a more alkaline diet promotes good health, reducing the risk of inflammation and stress on our body.

Why is this?
Our normal pH level is slightly alkaline, slightly above neutral at around 7.2 – 7.3.

A healthy alkaline body feels – good levels of energy, has a clear mind to make decisions and focus on tasks at hand, has a good healthy appetite, does not feel bloated or too gassy, has regular easy bowel movements, sleeps well and wakes up feeling rejuvenated.

An acidic body leads to inflammation, potential heart disease, arthritis and a list of other life-threatening ailments due to the imbalance of acid and alkaline in our body’s fluids and tissues. It is simple chemistry. Our body cannot sustain a healthy equilibrium in an acidic state.

Some symptoms may be feeling thirsty after a meal, or feeling prickly skin that sweats or becomes red and itchy. Internal inflammation can visibly manifests itself through our skin – skin disorders, rash, eczema are all signs. Or a good indication is a red colour on the tip of your tongue maybe even swollen, or sore. A heavy whiteish or yellow coating on your tongue each morning tells alot about a bad diet. You can feel the difference when you eat a fresh alkaline food instead of an acidic food.

For optimum cell function, we require more alkaline foods which are also high in nutrition.
A balance of 80-20 alkaline-acid is the ideal ratio to boost your immunity, rejuvenate your hard-working body, cleanse toxins and organs and recharge your energy.

However our modern day eating habits or availability of more processed, higher fat, higher salt, higher animal and higher sugar types of foods have caused our normal healthy pH to become more acidic.

Examples:
Alkalising foods – green vegetables, sprouts (DIY Sprout Kit) – full of active enzymes, raw and nutritious plant protein. Organic is best without pesticides and toxic chemicals, and even better raw foods.
Acidifying foods – meat, dairy, some grains, fast food.

There are many sources of information available on alkaline vs acidic foods and also various ways of how the pH of foods are tested – testing ash residue of the food or the sugar levels of foods and its effects on our body.

A good website we found described an informative chart and some simple strategies that may help to gradually balance your pH level:

non-dairy milks e.g. almond milk instead of animal dairy products
– no red meat and reduction of any chicken or turkey
– no soft drinks, soda, coffee – alkaline water and alkaline green drinks instead
– wholewheat products instead of anything containing white flour
– big salads as a whole meal as often as possible, including tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, almonds, avocados with pumpkin, sunflower, or sesame seeds
– no processed, ready made or fast food at all.

The food chart below for Alkaline and Acidic Food is divided into three categories:
1. Foods you should eat in abundance
2. Foods you should eat moderately
3. Foods you should try to avoid.

The table below helps to identify various foods’ pH-level. Each one is assigned a number which mirrors its approximate relative potential of alkalinity (+) or acidity (-) existent in one ounce (28.35g) of food. The higher the number, the better it is for you to eat.

 

Healthy Alkaline Foods
– Eat lots of them!

Vegetables
Alfalfa Grass +29.3
Asparagus +1.3
Barley Grass +28.1
Broccoli +14.4
Brussels Sprouts +0.5
Cabbage Lettuce, Fresh +14.1
Cauliflower +3.1
Cayenne Pepper +18.8
Celery +13.3
Chives +8.3
Comfrey +1.5
Cucumber, Fresh +31.5
Dandelion +22.7
Dog Grass +22.6
Endive, Fresh +14.5
French Cut Green Beans +11.2
Garlic +13.2
Green Cabbage December Harvest +4.0
Green Cabbage, March Harvest +2.0
Kamut Grass +27.6
Lamb’s Lettuce +4.8
Leeks (Bulbs) +7.2
Lettuce +2.2
Onion +3.0
Peas, Fresh +5.1
Peas, Ripe +0.5
Red Cabbage +6.3
Rhubarb Stalks +6.3
Savoy Cabbage +4.5
Shave Grass +21.7
Sorrel +11.5
Soy Sprouts +29.5
Spinach (Other Than March) +13.1
Spinach, March Harvest +8.0
Sprouted Chia Seeds +28.5
Sprouted Radish Seeds +28.4
Straw Grass +21.4
Watercress +7.7
Wheat Grass +33.8
White Cabbage +3.3
Zucchini +5.7

Root Vegetables
Beet +11.3
Carrot +9.5
Horseradish +6.8
Kohlrabi +5.1
Potatoes +2.0
Red Radish +16.7
Rutabaga +3.1
Summer Black Radish +39.4
Turnip +8.0
White Radish (Spring) +3.1

Fruits
Avocado (Protein) +15.6
Fresh Lemon +9.9
Limes +8.2
Tomato +13.6

Non-Stored Organic Grains And Legumes
Buckwheat Groats +0.5
Granulated Soy (Cooked Ground Soy Beans) +12.8
Lentils +0.6
Lima Beans +12.0
Quinoa +
Soy Flour +2.5
Soy Lecithin (Pure) +38.0
Soy Nuts (soaked Soy Beans, Then Air Dried) +26.5
Soybeans, Fresh +12.0
Spelt +0.5
Tofu +3.2
White Beans (Navy Beans) +12.1

Nuts
Almonds +3.6
Brazil Nuts +0.5

Seeds
Caraway Seeds +2.3
Cumin Seeds +1.1
Fennel Seeds +1.3
Flax Seeds +1.3
Pumpkin Seeds +5.6
Sesame Seeds +0.5
Sunflower Seeds +5.4
Wheat Kernel +11.4

Fats (Fresh, Cold-Pressed Oils)
Borage Oil +3.2
Evening Primrose Oil +4.1
Flax Seed Oil +3.5
Marine Lipids +4.7
Olive Oil +1.0

Foods you should only
consume moderately

Fruits
(In Season, For Cleansing Only Or With Moderation)
Apples -8,5
Apricot -9.5
Banana, Ripe -10.1
Bananna, Unripe +4.8
Black Currant -6.1
Blueberry -5.3
Cantaloupe -2.5
Cherry, Sour +3.5
Cherry, Sweet -3.6
Coconut, Fresh +0.5
Cranberry -7.0
Currant -8.2
Date -4.7
Fig Juice Powder -2.4
Gooseberry, Ripe -7.7
Grape, Ripe -7.6
Grapefruit -1.7
Italian Plum -4.9
Mandarin Orange -11.5
Mango -8.7
Orange -9.2
Papaya -9.4
Peach -9.7
Pear -9.9
Pineapple -12.6
Rasperry -5.1
Red Currant -2.4
Rose Hips -15.5
Strawberry -5.4
Tangerine -8.5
Watermelon -1.0
Yellow Plum -4.9
Non-Stored Grains
Brown Rice -12.5
Wheat -10.1
Nuts
Hazelnuts -2.0
Macadamia Nuts -3.2
Walnuts -8.0
Fish
Fresh Water Fish -11.8
Fats
Coconut Milk -1.5
Sunflower Oil -6.7

Unhealthy Acidic Foods
– Try to avoid them!

Meat, Poultry, And Fish
Beef -34.5
Chicken (to -22) -18.0
Eggs (to -22)
Liver -3.0
Ocean Fish -20.0
Organ Meats -3.0
Oysters -5.0
Pork -38.0
Veal -35.0
Milk And Milk Products
Buttermilk +1.3
Cream -3.9
Hard Cheese -18.1
Homogenized Milk -1.0
Quark -17.3
Bread, Biscuits (Stored Grains/Risen Dough)
Rye Bread -2.5
White Biscuit -6.5
White Bread -10.0
Whole-Grain Bread -4.5
Whole-Meal Bread -6.5
Nuts
Cashews -9.3
Peanuts -12.8
Pistachios -16.6
Fats
Butter -3.9
Corn Oil -6.5
Margarine -7.5
Sweets
Artificial Sweetners -26.5
Barley Malt Syrup -9.3
Beet Sugar -15.1
Brown Rice Syrup -8.7
Chocolate -24.6
Dr. Bronner’s Barley
Dried Sugar Cane Juice -18.0
Fructose -9.5
Honey -7.6
Malt Sweetener -9.8
Milk Sugar -9.4
Molasses -14.6
Turbinado Sugar -9.5
White Sugar -17.6

Condiments
Ketchup -12.4
Mayonaise -12.5
Mustard -19.2
Soy Sauce -36.2
Vinegar -39.4
Beverages
Beer -26.8
Coffee -25.1
Fruit Juice Sweetened
Fruit Juice, Packaged, Natural -8.7
Liquor -38.7
Tea (Black) -27.1
Wine -16.4
Miscellaneous
Canned Foods
Microwaved Foods
Processed Foods

Table: pH scale of alkaline and acid forming foods
(Source: “Back To The House Of Health” by Shelley Redford Young and from http://www.balance-ph-diet.com/acid_alkaline_food_chart.html)

 

Enjoy a healthy and delicious balance of foods for a healthy body and healthier future.

 

 

 

 

Eat a Rainbow today!

Singing the song ‘I can eat a Rainbow’…well it went something like that, is great for all of us to remind ourselves of the healthy foods we can eat, especially our kids. Sing the song and make it fun to eat healthy fruit and vegetables. Cut them up in fun shapes and sizes using cookie cutters e.g. hearts, stars, butterflies.

For us adults, this chart below is a good reminder to visualise in colour what delicious options we have every day to eat a Rainbow!

A Rainbow plate means = more nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, cancer-fighting foods, fibre and a boost to your immune system. Plus a cleaner digestive system, glowing skin, less stress, more energy, more focus, a more confident, clearer mind and attitude and a wonderful night’s sleep.

 

Eat a Rainbow today!

 

 

Plate up a Rainbow and enjoy!

 

 

Trying to shake off the winter blues and old habits?

Thank goodness its Spring! Though are you still craving wintery foods and trying to shake off winter heaviness and fatigue?

As indicated in Chinese Medicine: could this be due to excessive ‘heat’ in the body from baked and fried foods, too much red meat, spicy foods, coffee and alcohol?

Not enough green leafy vegetables, barley, mushrooms, tofu, asparagus, celery, apple, watermelon and other ‘cooling’ foods?

Sandy Hewitt gives us some tips on what foods to eat and avoid here.

Symptoms of excess ‘heat’ in the body:
–   feel hot/feverish or have an aversion to heat and prefer cold
–   dry mouth and excess thirst
–   red, dry, gritty eyes
–   nosebleeds
–   bright red and dry tongue
–   high blood pressure
–   constipation
–   inflammation, skin rash or eruptions/sores
–   full and rapid pulse.

 

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