31 Oct 2012

Millet May Help Reduce Your Digestive Problems

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Millet May Help Reduce Your Digestive Symptoms

Millet is a  wonderful grain that can be used  in many different recipes, however not to many people have heard of it, let alone cooked with it. It is another great choice  for people that are dealing with digestive symptoms related to gluten sensitivities or Celiac Disease, as millet has no gluten component. Millet is a grain, and therefore offers many nutritional benefits that grains pack inside of them.

Some of the key nutritional components are:

  • B Vitamins – Naicin, B6, and Folic Acid
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
As it is always important to get as much of your nutritional requirements from the food you eat, millet provides a good way to get some of it covered.
Millet is mainly consumed in developing countries, especially in India and Africa, however is making its way into the developed countries through local health food retailers and local food markets. Once you have found it, here is how to cook it to help improve the digestibility and assimilation of nutrients.

How to Cook Millet to Improve Digestion

Millet is very easy to cook, and only take approximately 20-30 minutes to cook, after you have soaked it, depending on the consistency you like.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Soak Millet in water for 7-24 hours
  2. Use 1 cup of millet to 2 1/2 cups water
  3. Put into a stainless steel pot and put on your stove
  4. Set the element to high
  5. Add 2-3 ice cubes of home made stock (Turkey, chicken, fish, vegetable, bison, or beef)
  6. Add Unrefined sea salt or sea vegetables
  7. Stir the millet once at a boil and feel free to add any herbs and spices of your choice
  8. Reduce element to simmer or low and let sit for 20-25 minutes with lid on
  9. Stir you millet after about 10 minutes and then put lid back on pot.
  10. Let sit for another 10-15 minutes and then you are ready to eat.
  11. Serve

If you add more water during the cooking process you can make the texture more like a mashed potato, where as if you limit the amount of water you use it will become more fluffy, similar to quinoa, although a bit more crunchy. Play around with the texture to suit you taste.

Some good ideas for uses of millet are:

  • As a breakfast cereal
  • Substitute for rice and quinoa in dishes
  • Making flat breads
  • Add to a salad, or make a salad using it as a base
  • Baking

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