Millet is more than Birdseed
From the desk of Stacey Nussbaum, HHC...
Although millet is most often associated as the main ingredient in birdseed, it’s certainly not just "for the birds!" Millet is super nutritious – providing fiber, iron, B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium – and it’s highly alkaline, making it easy to digest and soothing to the stomach. Of all grains, millet actually has the richest amino acid protein profile and highest iron content. It’s also gluten free, cooling in nature and is often used for gastrointestinal irregularities.
The taste of millet is mildly sweet and nutty and it’s versatile so it can be used in everything from pilafs to cookies! Millet is also a grain that should be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. Magnesium has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of asthma, reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack. A cup of cooked millet provides 19% of the daily value for magnesium.
Check out this curried millet recipe:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
½ cup chopped onions
¾ cup millet
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne
1½ cups water or vegetable stock
¼ cup currants
¼ cup chopped parsley
Heat the oil on medium-high in a saucepan. Add the onions and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the millet and stir constantly until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, salt and cayenne and cook for 1 minute stirring constantly. Pour in the water or stock, cover and brig to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the liquid has been absorbed and the millet is tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the currants and parsley and fluff with a fork. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes, stir and fluff again.
Contact Stacey for more ways to incorporate millet in your diet!
Stacey Nussbaum, HHC
Stacey is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor certified by the Academy of Healing Nutrition in New York City. She provides nutritional counseling in a variety of areas including women’s health, weight management, athletic training, and gastrointestinal disorders as well as other chronic health conditions. She specializes in women’s health conditions including PCOS, infertility, endometriosis, severe PMS, and other gynecological issues.
Stacey left her highly successful career in law and finance in NYC to focus on her passion: educating her clients on the benefits of living a healthy, balanced life through proper nutrition. Over the years, and through training at the Academy of Healing Nutrition, the C.H.E.K. Institute, and the Metabolic Typing Education Center, Inc., Stacey has gained extensive knowledge and developed a deep understanding of nutritional choices and how they can lead to longevity and happiness. As her client, you will be empowered to live the life you adore!
Stacey will guide you through her food and lifestyle protocol to naturally fuel and heal your body by addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms. She will help you to view food as your body’s fuel and medicine and show you how to incorporate specific medicinal foods for optimal metabolism, health and energy.
Since there is no one diet that works for everyone, Stacey will provide you with menu plans developed specifically for you based on your metabolic type and food exercises. Stacey will show you how to adapt your eating and lifestyle habits to align with your health goals. You will explore new healthy and flavorsome ways of eating and cooking that will allow you to enjoy life and feel fabulous!