Cat Catharine Parker I can't say enough about Amaranth. It's easy to cook, full of magical things good for your entire body and the only (pseudo) grain that actually has Vitamin C in it. It's a great source of lysine, an important amino acid with protein content comparable to that of milk, but more easily digested. I said pseudo grain cause it's technically not a grain at all, as it's not part of the Poaceae family. You know what I call that? Pure discrimination. Everything about it is cries grain, yet just because it grew up with its brothers from another mother, it has to suffer. Well I say, not on my watch. Though on a side note, if amaranth were a character in Game of Thrones, it would be Amaranth Snow. That's just a fact. Also makes a great breakfast porridge!

Sorauren Snow Awe yes, the question of warmth comes up around living food a lot. Especially this time of year. Everyone is unique when it comes to their dietary needs, but I believe in maintaining 60% raw foods during the Canadian cold season, so green smoothies, salads and other fresh plant-based treats. While the remaining 40% should be warming, cooked foods... and I'm not talking about a piping hot pepperoni pizza either.
  • Things that grow under the soil tend to make us warmer like sweet potatoes, carrots, or maca.
  • Squash also has a great warming effect on the body and they make delicious soups.
  • Spices are helpful, think cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cayenne. Add these to smoothies, or hot teas. Easy way to spice things up and warm yourself at the same time.
  • Beans and legumes are so satisfying, sprout them before cooking for an extra nutrient kick.
  • Grains are both grounding and warming, stick to gluten free options, my top three are quinoa, amaranth and long grain wild rice.
Check out some of our soup recipes here and my fav turmeric smoothie here and maybe invest in a pair of slippers.  

Photo Cred Lisa What is amaranth and how the heck do you pronounce it... am-a-ran-th. Easy. It's a great alternative to wild rice or quinoa, it's gluten-free (yeah no fat belly) and it's high in protein, high-five for plant based proteins. It cooks up the same as quinoa, click here for details. But what's super cool is you can pop it like little mini popcorn kernels. Popped Amaranth 1/4 cup amaranth Hot pan Warm pan to medium heat, pour amaranth into pan and keep it moving. It should start to pop right away. If it turns brown you'll need to try again. These little popped kernels are great sprinkled over salads. And you can find them at most bulk stores or health food shops. Yes food delivery peeps, it's on the menu tomorrow.