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This blog is about gut flora, good bacteria, scientific research, and anti-inflammatory food. It’s a prescription for anyone who wishes to eat their way to a healthier life. It’s impossible to overdose on this course of treatment.

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Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn

This is almost too easy to be called a recipe. But, since lines wrap around the corner for these legendary salted chocolate popcorn, we have to share this secret.

The recipe calls for these ingredients (3 tbsp coconut oil + 1.5-2 tbsp raw cacao powder + 1,5 tbsp honey).

Do like this (stir).

Do like this (add freshly popped popcorn to the chocolate sauce and mix).

Think again (add the sauce to the popcorn bowl instead – trying to mix it all in the tiny saucepan was a very bad idea).

Mix. Salt. Taste. Go hide in a corner and tell everyone that you’re gonna watch a movie (in truth, you just want to seat back and eat your popcorn in silence).

How to Make Perfect Popcorn
Use coconut oil. Add two tablespoons of coconut oil to a saucepan on low heat. Allow all of the solid oil to melt. Add organic popcorn kernels in an even layer, enough to cover the bottom of the saucepan. Cover the pot and wait for the kernels to pop. And yes, of course, popcorn (maize!) should not be part of your everyday diet. Professor Stig keeps reminding us that corn contains zein, the corn protein you should try to avoid.

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3 New Ways to Love Quinoa

Quinoa has been cultivated for several thousand years, and the ancient Incas referred to it as chisaya mama, or the mother of all grains. It is in fact not really a grain, more like a gluten-free super seed. Anyhow, using quinoa instead of rice or pasta will add a lot of nutrients and protein to your meal. Not a quinoa fan yet? Keep on reading.

Add to salads
This may not come as a surprise: quinoa is a fabulous base for any kind of salad. Cook the quinoa in vegetable broth to add some extra flavor or – for even fluffier quinoa – cook in half water/half coconut milk. You can also try to add tamari, olive oil, and tahini to some cooked quinoa. Incredibly delicious, and the perfect side to this anti-inflammatory mango stew.

Make porridge
Not a bad idea at all. Of course, oatmeal is also very nutritious and high in fiber, but don’t forget that oat flakes are processed. An oat kernel is largely non-digestible and must be processed into for example oat flakes, steel-cut oats or oat flour, in order for its nutritional benefits to be realized. The more intact the grain or seed is, the better. Like naked oats for example. Anyhow, we’re not here to talk about oats. Let’s steer the conversation back to our beloved quinoa.

Add to bread
Sometimes (pretty often) you end up with leftover quinoa, and a great way to use all of that pre-cooked quinoa is to add it to bread. 

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Step by Step Guide to Seed Germination on Paper Towels

Last week, our true readers tattooed the step by step sprouting guide on a body part of their choice. And now, it’s time to move forward and learn about seed germination. The simplest way to germinate seeds indoors requires nothing more than seeds, paper towels and some plastic. Ok, we know some of you have already been doing this for years, but hey, better late than never. We’re beginners, and we start by growing mustard seeds.

1 Buy mustard seeds. Simple as that. You’ll find them on the spice rack in your supermarket.

2 Buy paper towels. You’ll find them next to the other paper towels on the paper towel shelf in the supermarket.

3 Reach for a spray bottle or that plant mister you’ve bought but never used. This is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

4 Place three paper towels on a plate …

5 … and add a handful of mustard seeds on top.

6 Use your spray bottle to moisten the paper towels and the seeds with water. Loosely cover with plastic wrap but do not fully seal.

7 Spray with water at least twice a day. When the seeds begin to germinate, remove the plastic and place on a sunny window sill.

8 Wait 5-7 days and you’re done. From now on, you can use sprouted mustard seeds instead of normal mustard in all your favorite recipes. Add them to salad dressings and sauces for extra spiciness and flavor! Try this: 3 tbsp tamari, 0.5 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and lots of sprouted mustard seeds.

More about sprouts:

Step by Step Sprouting Guide
8 Superfood Sprouts

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How to Make Two-ingredient Soft Flatbread

Dear friends, this soft flatbread will change your lives. It’s tasty, healthy and easy as a pie. The icing on the cake is that it only contains two (2) ingredients – potatoes and buckwheat flour. And 0.5 tsp salt. But that doesn’t count as an ingredient, does it?

But don’t tell anyone about the recipe. Let people guess first, and then you can laugh contentedly when they make a fool of themselves.

Anyhow, here’s a step by step guide.

1 Boil four potatoes.

2 Mash with 1 cup buckwheat flour and 0.5 tsp salt.

3 Work it, baby.

4 Pretend to be a pizza chef and form the most perfect thin and round flatbreads.

5 Bake the flatbread over low heat using a cast iron pan. Wait 2-3 minutes and turn the flatbread to bake for another 2-3 minutes. Kind of like making pancakes.

6 Let cool. Fill them with just about anything and make rolls for your family and friends. Out of this world delicious!

Thank you, Nilla’s Kitchen!

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