Why I Love Einkorn Wheat (Plus an awesome muffin recipe!)

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Is Gluten Really the Issue?

I first learned about the dreaded GLUTEN about 3 years ago. I went gluten free for about a year because I thought that made sense at the time. But as time went on, I started to realize that gluten is not exactly the issue, at least for the majority of people. The issue is that conventional wheat is hybridized to grow faster and have higher yields (which has increased its gluten content) and it is sprayed with one of the WORST chemicals known to man: Glyphosate.

The World Health Organization declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen last year. However, it is still widely used worldwide. Glyphosate has also been shown to be a mineral chelator (meaning that it steals our minerals!), an endocrine disruptor, carcinogenic (especially breast cancer), and it can cause diabetes, autism, obesity, gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. That is quite a list!

Gluten might be a real issue, but my money is that 9/10 people really have an issue with GLYPHOSATE. You can read this awesome article from the Health Home Economist for more info.

You can read a bit more about conventional wheat vs organic, ancient wheats here.

So what do I recommend instead of conventional wheat?

EINKORN!

I’ve been mentioning this word more and more to people lately, and I’m surprised at how many people have never heard of it. Einkorn is considered ancient wheat since it was first cultivated about 12.000 years ago. Einkorn is the only wheat that has never been hybridized. People that tend to be sensitive to conventional wheat not only have no issues with Einkorn, but they tend to actually feel better after they eat it.

Einkorn has 30% more protein and 30% less starch than conventional wheat which makes it a lot more nutritious and easily digested. It is also extremely mineral rich with naturally occurring nutrients- it isn’t “fortified” like conventional wheat products! You can see the comparision of nutrients between einkorn and conventional wheat here.

I’ve tried a few kinds of ancient wheat, but Einkorn has been my absolute favorite. It bakes easily, it tastes amazing, and it is the closest thing to “regular” flour that you’ll find.

Jovial has great information about Einkorn, as well as recipes and cookbooks.

I buy Einkorn berries in bulk from Einkorn.com.

I grind the berries myself with my mill attachment on my stand mixer- nothing is better than fresh ground wheat!

Also, I  have a Pinterest Board called Ancient Wheat that is mostly einkorn recipe ideas!

I just found another site that has a TON of einkorn recipes too! Everydaydishes.com

Here is a recipe I made yesterday. I couldn’t find a good einkorn muffin recipe that sounded good, so I created my first recipe! It turned out very good.

Einkorn Chocolate Muffins
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Einkorn Chocolate Muffins
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. As you melt the butter (preferably not in a microwave!), mix all of the dry ingredients together well.
  2. Add the egg and melted butter, and then add the milk little by little until it’s all combined.
  3. My batter was pretty thick and I got 12 muffins out of it.
  4. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool for about 10-15 minutes and enjoy!
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For baking pans: if you are looking for a “greener” option for your baking pans, check out USA Pans. You can get a set of 6 baking pans for about $90, and they last forever (seriously!). They are made with 65% recycled steel, a non-stick silicone coat that is PTFE, PFOA and BPA free, and they have a life-time warranty. When I did my research on pans a few years ago, this was one of the best options i found. I love them all- they are truly non stick without the worry of regular non stick items.



Why I LOVE Elderberry Syrup(Plus my recipe!)

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Elderberries are one of the best immune boosters out there.  There is a lot of evidence that elderberry syrup is so strong that it is an effective treatment for the flu!  Elderberries are high in vitamin C, which we know is a crucial nutrient for immune health.  Elderberries are anti-inflammatory but they have a laxative, diuretic, and expectorant properties.

Elderberries can also be beneficial to those with EBV, herpes simplex, and even HIV. It can help lower the risk of heart disease as well! (Source)

The most common way to use elderberries is in a syrup.  You can buy your own or you can make it yourself!  It is much more cost effective you make it yourself.  A whole pound of elderberries is the same price as a small portion of pre-made syrup.  Learn how to make your own syrup from Wellness Mama. I use her recipe when I make elderberry syrup, but I do make a few modifications.

Elderberry Syrup
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One of the BEST immune system boosters out there!
Elderberry Syrup
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One of the BEST immune system boosters out there!
Instructions
  1. Add water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (if using) to a pot. Don’t add the honey though!
  2. Once the mixture boils, then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45-60 minutes. The liquid should reduce by almost half in this time.
  3. Let the mixture cool for a good 10-15 minutes. Pour this mixture through a mesh strainer into another bowl, and you can mash the berries with a spoon to help get some more of the juices out. Either throw the used berries out, or compost them if you are able to.
  4. Let the liquid cool a bit longer before adding the raw honey ( heat can kill the enzymes, so we don’t want to add the honey to a very hot liquid).
  5. You can store this in the fridge once complete (a Mason jar is perfect). It seems to vary how long it keeps, but with 3 of us using it regularly, it doesn’t have time to go bad.
Recipe Notes

*I like the recommendation for taking as preventative at least 5 times a week.   Typical dosing is 1-2 tsp for children and 1-2 tbsp for adults. If you do end up catching a cold or the flu, you can easily double the dose until you feel better. If I end up catching something I do 1 tablespoon 3 times a day until I feel better. *

Elderberry syrup might not be a good idea for those with certain auto-immune illnesses.  Just like anything, you have to look into it yourself and see if it is something you can tolerate.  Every body is different.

Why do I recommend raw honey? Read more here!

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