Quinoa and Raw desserts are sattvic foods I enjoyed during the course. I have included some information and recipes below.
One topic discussed during the lunches of our 200hr teachers training course was the availability of vegetarian sources of protein other than soy. As it is the Year of Quinoa in this post I explore this grain. Organic quinoa may be considered as a sattvic food as a healthy, natural, nutritious product.
Quinoa is a grain grown in South America, and while it does not necessarily have the protein content of beans or legumes, it does contain the 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein (like soybeans), which is rare for a vegetable source of protein (often a combination of vegetarian proteins are combined to ensure complete proteins are consumed). Essential amino acids are not synthesized in the body and thus need to be consumed. Quinoa also a good source of iron, calcium, dietary fibre, magnesium and phosphorus and is gluten free.
Recently quinoa has been in the media with media outlets questioning the ethics of the consumption of quinoa. It is noted that with its increased popularity in the West, less people in the Andes are consuming quinoa. The questions raised in articles encourage those who consume quinoa to think about the product they consume and its origins, and as Tom Philpott writes not ‘take it for granted’.
Two of my favourite ways of eating quinoa are:
- Double Broccoli Quinoa Recipe
- As a breakfast – mix a third of a cup of cooked quinoa with yoghurt, fresh fruit and or nuts and honey to taste.
Raw desserts when eaten in moderation may be considered as sattvic due to the fact that they contain natural sweeteners, fresh and or dried fruits, and nuts.
The two raw recipes we have enjoyed during our yoga adventure are from the blog My New Roots by Sarah Britton. This blog has a range of vegetarian and vegan recipes and really useful nutritional information. My two favourites are: