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The Greatness of Grains

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The Greatness of Grains – Organicisbeautiful.com

Carbs! I love carbs. How about you, OiB readers? Surely, you have heard some media discrediting the greatness of grains throughout the years. Namely, people like to say that too many carbohydrates are bad for you and make you gain weight. Today, I would like to counter that superstition and fill you on why you need grains.

But not just any type of grain will work. You need to consume unprocessed (not refined) whole grains.

What is a Whole Grain?

All grains, according to the Whole Grain Council, begin whole. Whole grains are, basically, the entire seed of a plant, made up of three edible parts—the bran, germ, and endosperm.

The barn is a multi-layered outer shell that has antioxidants, essential B vitamins, and plenty of dietary fiber.

The germ is the potential new sprout. Here, you find more B vitamins, some protein, minerals, and healthy fats.

Lastly, the endosperm is the energy supply of the germ. Contained in the endosperm are carbohydrates, proteins, and trace amounts of other nutrients.

What Makes Grains “White”?

When whole grains are stripped of some key parts—the bran, germ, or endosperm—they become refined or processed. White flour and white rice, for example, have had the bran and germ removed, leaving only the starchy endosperm behind.

Why Are Whole Grains Healthier?

That is the main question here, is it not? Obviously, whole grains have a lot of vitamins and nutrients than refined grains do, but these are not the main reason why you need them in your diet.

Starches throw your blood sugar out of whack. Whole grain carbohydrates do not have the same effect. Whole grains are slowly absorbed and metabolized, meaning that blood sugar stays level. Also, whole grains are known to reduce the onset of heart disease.

In fact, a recent 2016 study proved that whole grains are linked to a longer lifespan. The meta-analysis was comprised of 14 studies and found that eating 3 servings of whole grains a day was “associated with a 25 percent lower risk of death from heart disease, and a 14 percent lower risk of death from cancer”.

The Greatness of Grains - Organicisbeautiful.com
The Greatness of Grains – Organicisbeautiful.com

How Can I Eat More Whole Grains?

I have good news for you—there are more whole grain choices available now than ever before. Add the following foods to your diet to ensure you are eating enough whole grains:

  • Whole grain cereals, breads, and crackers
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Oatmeal
  • Quinoa and other ancient grains like amaranth
  • Brown rice
  • Bulgur
  • Buckwheat
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Corn
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Rice OrganicIsBeautiful

As you can see, there are a lot of whole grain options out there. Add whole grain pasta or brown rice to the dinner plate, select bread made from whole grains and seeds, and opt for a bowl of oatmeal in the morning! I promise the greatness of grains will keep you satiated throughout the day and much healthier in the long run.

Feel free to share your whole grain tips, recipes, and knowledge with other OiB readers.

Mango Fennel Salad

Happy Sunday everyone! Sunday & sweet pace of a lovely week end. What best than a healthy and easy to make salad to enjoy your day? Today, on OiB, sharing with you a lovely recipe compelled and detailed by Pistachio.

Enjoy 😉

Mango Fennel Recipe | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com
Mango Fennel Recipe | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 bulb fennel with fronds
  • 3 ripe mangoes , preferably ataulfo, kesar, alphonso
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 small clove grated garlic
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of black pepper (optional)
  • handful Pine nuts
Mango Fennel Salad | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com
Mango Fennel Salad | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Method:

1. Make fennel frond pesto

First, take off the fennel fronds from the fennel bulb, add it with the grated ginger and garlic along with lemon juice and process it in a food processor whiling pouring olive oil in it.

Note: Process only to make sure that everything gets mixed but you can still see the fronds! (If you don’t have a food processor , use mortar and pestle or a whisk).

Then, it is time to remove the pesto in a bowl and add salt and black pepper to it and mix it.

Slice fennel bulb thinly removing the root and stem. Once done, its mango time 😉 ⇒ Remove the skin of the mangoes and slice off the flesh in the same way as fennel.

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Mango Fennel Salad | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

2. Mix it all together

In a salad bowl, take the fennel and mangoes slices and dress the salad using the fennel frond pesto. You can more salt if needed. Don’t forget to add the pine nuts on top for the crunchy taste!

I have used it as a salad, you can also chop it slightly smaller size and have it in your tacos. The pesto is also great to be used to grill fish or use in dressing cantaloupe or honey dew salad. It is really versatile.

Mango Fennel Recipe | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com
Mango Fennel Recipe | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

Feel free to visit Pistachio’s blog for further recipe and travel photos!

Amanda

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A Fabulous Skincare for Oily Skin

Having Oily Skin can be a real pain ⇒ 8 Easy Step to kill that pain! Especially when you are constantly having bad breakouts. As someone with incredibly oily skin, I can tell you that I have done a lot of research on this in the hope of preventing such breakouts; and now I think I have found a routine that works well for me. I wanted to share this with you in the hope it does the same for you:)

1. Wash your Face

This might seem obvious but it’s surprising how much you can forget to do this sometimes. It’s easy enough to do when you have a shower, but you really should be washing your hair twice a day if you can. This way any build up of oil and dirt accumulated throughout the day can be washed off.

2. Exfoliate

When I was a teen, I didn’t really know what exfoliating was and I left it out of my skin routine. My skin was always flaky around my nose which caused more spots due to blocking my pores. When I finally started exfoliating, it took me a good year to find the right scrub for me. Now, I exfoliate usually once every week. List compelled by GingerFox.

Argan | OrganicIsBeautiful
Argan Fruit | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

3. Moisturising

To be honest, the first time I read about moisturising oily skin, I was skeptical. I mean- my skin was oily enough without adding anything else into the mix! However I was completely wrong. As I have sensitive skin I use simple light moisturiser, and it works wonders for me.

Another option here- to avoid any chemicals contained within conventional moisturisers- is to use Argan Oil. The first day I tried this, it felt strange. But after a few minutes it soaks right in and it is really nice. I also add in tea tree oil to mine because it has anti-bacterial properties.

Me time - Beauty Routine with simple steps | OrganicIsBeautiful
Me time – Beauty Routine with simple steps | OrganicIsBeautiful

4. Face Masks

Face masks are an essential part of any good skincare routine- however they are often forgotten. I recommend using a face mask once a week if possible, to provide a deep cleanse that may not be achieved with your every day face wash and make-up removers.

A bit more, and you will get your own Orange peels powder
A bit more, and you will get your own Orange peels powder

DIY Homemade Orange Peel Mask

5. Diet

Diet is a big part of having healthy skin, because if you don’t look after yourself inside- your body won’t be healthy on the outside. Foods such as nuts and fish are good for skin because they contain essential vitamins.

Taking about nuts, I have concocted for you a lovely and amazing almond milk recipe that will make your skin glow naturally.

Categorie: Wellness | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com
Categorie: Wellness | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com



6. Drink Water

Drinking water is one of the best ways to rid your body of toxins. It is recommended to drink 8 glasses of water each day (2 litres).

21 Ways to Drink Water

If you aren’t keen on the taste of water- try adding in some fruit to it to give it some flavour. Lemon water is a brilliant way to cleanse your body and if you drink it first thing in the morning- it can help to kick start your metabolism.

Natural Remedies in Skincare | www.organicisbeautiful.com

PS – You can also drink lemon water.

7. Primer

The first time I wore make-up, nobody told me about using primer. It wasn’t until last year that I decided to give it a go. If you haven’t used primer before- you should.

It basically provides a barrier on your skin and stops foundation soaking into your pores and causing blockages. It also makes your make-up go on a lot further.

8. Sun care

I can’t urge this strongly enough: look after your skin when you go out in the sun. Not only can your skin become badly burnt, but you can end up with age spots and even cancer.

Sunrise | OrganicIsBeautiful
Sunrise | OrganicIsBeautiful

It is really important to wear sun lotion before you go out into the sun and also apply after sun when you come back inside to stop your skin from drying out. Another point is that when you sweat- your pores get blocked and this can cause spots- so make sure you wash your body well. The benzoin could also be a good alternative to protect your skin daytime.

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That’s it!

I hope this helps you with your skin, thanks for reading!

Amanda 😉 OrganicIsBeautiful Signature

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La Galette des Rois or How to Be King for A Day?

You may be back at work but don’t start the detox just yet, because Christmas doesn’t finish until the Twelfth Night is done. No, not the Shakespeare play of the same name, but the festivities marking Epiphany, the arrival of the three kings to baby Jesus.

Galette des rois | OrganicIsBeautiful.
Galette des rois | OrganicIsBeautiful. Image Credit Wikipedia.

These days, not many people know much about Twelfth Night, but in the medieval and Tudor periods, it was more important than Christmas Day.

A French Tradition

Galette des rois France | OrganicIsBeautiful. Image Credit Wikipedia.In France, it is called a Galette des Rois and is puff pastry filled with almond paste or frangipane and in the north, Provence and Languedoc it is a Gateau des Rois, a rich brioche made with candied fruits and nuts. Either way, a “fève” or charm is hidden in the cake.

A bit of History

Epiphany is fixed in the christian calendar on January 6 each year, exactly 12 days after the birth of Jesus. And there are plenty of Epiphany rituals – especially regarding food. But as most people no longer have the day off work, it is celebrated on the first Sunday in January and theoretically that is the day, the galette may be cut.

Here in France, L’Epiphanie as it is called, is celebrated with cake.

La Galette des Rois or King’s Cake is eaten for several weeks starting right after Christmas. There are variations on the kind of cake, depending where in France you live.

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galette des rois

According to tradition, the cake must be divided so that each guest gets a slice plus an extra one called the part du Bon Dieu/Pauvre (Good Lord/Poor) which is reserved for any unexpected stranger. When there are children, the youngest, must go under the table and directs the person serving to whom each slice must be given. The lucky one who gets the fève/charm becomes king or queen for the day and is given a golden crown in paper to wear.

Source: MaisonTravers

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