In the blink of an eye we'll be complaining about how hot it is... until then let's cook something. Amaranth grain is gluten-free, packed with protein, a great source of magnesium and iron and is very filling. It can be challenging to cook, easily turning to a glue like consistency. Quinoa is everywhere and for good reason, it's a fantastic plant source protein, a gluten-free seed often assumed to be a grain that's packed with fiber. Cooking quinoa and amaranth together gives you the fluffiness of quinoa with the added nutty flavour of amaranth. The combo goes well with flavourful sauces, seasonings and of course added to a salads. Quinoa Amaranth Combo 1/2 cup organic quinoa 1/2 cup amaranth 1-2/3 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Place water, grains and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency.    

Quinoa is soooo in right now, it's in everything from cereals and salads to sweet snacks. I'm a big fan of this lovely, gluten-free grain as it's a complete protein, with lots of fiber and iron plus it's a bit of a chameleon in the kitchen. For me the easiest way to make quinoa is in a saucepan, if you're feeling extra adventurous you can soak it and sprout overnight before cooking for an enzyme boost... see here for sprouting instructions. Cooked Seasoned Quinoa  1 cup organic quinoa 2 cups filtered water mineral salt to taste Italian seasoning (optional) Place water, quinoa and spices in a pan, bring to a boil then turn down to a high simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until grains reach desired consistency. This seasoned quinoa is great to take into the office for lunch with some chopped tomato  avocado and pepper. Simple and delicious!    

We all know staying hydrated is important, but getting our 8+ glasses of water a day can sometime feel like a chore. Why not infuse your water with aromatic mint leaves to make it more enjoyable. By soaking a few sprigs in filtered water overnight you'll get an extra dose of vitamin c, iron and antioxidants while calming your digestive system. Add a couple drops of stevia for sweet mint water and sip away all day. Mint is easily grown in doors year round, and it's really quite refreshing.