Hey there my Flawsome friend,
How you doing?
Did you see last week’s post talking about Feeling Stuck and Finding Your Mojo?
If you are struggling to find some motivation, give it a read! Hopefully it will help give you a kick start, just to know you aren’t alone and that I’m here to help support and motivate you might help?
So a few week’s back I shared one of my favourites dinner images on social media and I had a number of you DM me to ask for the recipe, so I thought why not make a post for you and talk more about some of the benefits of including Spelt in to your healthy lifestyle.
‘Breaded’ Calamari Rings on a bed of Spelt Pasta, drizzled with homemade ‘Satay Style’ Sauce.
(2 Portions, so share with someone else or save a portion for another day.)
For the Calamari:
200g of frozen Calamari (Squid) Rings (I bought in freezer section of my local Waitrose)
1/2 cup of Ground Almond Flour
Salt and Pepper (to season)
For the Sauce:
3 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon of Tamari Sauce
2 Tablespoons of Water
For the Pasta:
Dried Spelt Pasta (I used Tagliatelle)
Boiling, slightly salted water for cooking. (I used Pink Himalayan Rock Salt)
Firstly, pre heat oven to 200. I then put the water onto boil, with a pink of Himalayan Pink Rock Salt, while that is doing that I prepare the calamari.
Using 2 small separate bowls, put egg in one and the almond flour in the other. Take the frozen calamari and first dip into egg and then coat in the almond flour, put on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and repeat until all coated in the same way.
By this time the water should nearly be boiling, pop the calamari into the oven for about 10 minutes. Till golden and crispy.
Now the water will be boiling for the pasta, put pasta into boiling water and simmer for about 6 minutes and then drain, ready for serving.
While the pasta and calamari is cooking, I’ll prepare the ‘Satay Style’ Sauce, in a sauce pan, heat all ingreients together until heated through, normally only takes a couple of minutes, then sit to side until ready to serve.
When all cooked….
On a plate, serve pasta, drop some calamari rings on top of the pasta bed and drizzle with sauce….yummy!
Let me know if you give this recipe a try today, its delicious, filling and really quick to make.
Benefits and Info on Spelt: (text and info below taken from Dr Axe Website)
It’s believed that spelt flour was first used between 7,000 and 8,000 years ago, making it one of the oldest cultivated crops in human history. Spelt flour, also known as dinkel wheat or hulled wheat, is a grain or cereal closely related to wheat.
Spelt was an important staple in parts of Europe — from the Bronze Age to medieval times. Today, it’s rising in popularity and has found a new market in health food stores. Because more and more people are dealing with gluten sensitivities, spelt offers an alternative to wheat flour. Although it does contain gluten, it seems to be tolerated more easily than wheat.
The earliest archaeological evidence of spelt is from the fifth millennium B.C. in Transcaucasia, northeast of the Black Sea — although the most abundant and well-documented archaeological evidence of spelt is in Europe. In the 20th century, spelt was replaced by wheat bread in almost all areas where it was still grown; however, the United States’ organic farming movement revived its popularity toward the end of the century.
The many health benefits of spelt flour are responsible for its current comeback. Spelt aids blood circulation, boosts the immune system, builds strong bones and aids digestion. People with varying health conditions can benefits from spelt flour, particularly those with weak and brittle bones, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar levels, and hypertension, as spelt requires fewer fertilizers than wheat.
Spelt Flour Nutrition Facts:
Spelt flour has a nutty and slightly sweet flavour, similar to that of whole wheat flour. According to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, when compared to wheat flour, spelt has higher contents of copper, iron, zinc, magnesium and phosphorus.
One cup of cooked spelt flour has about:
2 grams fat
10 milligrams sodium
51 grams carbohydrate
8 grams dietary fiber
11 grams protein
5 milligrams niacin (25 percent DV)
0.2 milligrams thiamine (13 percent DV)
0.2 milligrams vitamin B6 (8 percent DV)
25 micrograms folate (6 percent DV)
0.5 milligrams vitamin E (3 percent DV)
2.1 milligrams manganese (106 percent DV)
291 milligrams phosphorus (29 percent DV)
95 milligrams magnesium (25 percent DV)
0.4 milligrams copper (21 percent DV)
3 milligrams iron (18 percent DV)
2 milligrams zinc (16 percent DV)
8 micrograms selenium (11 percent DV)
277 milligrams potassium (8 percent DV)
19 milligrams calcium (2 percent DV)
9 Spelt Flour Benefits:
1. Aids Circulation
The copper and iron present in spelt flour allows this grain to aid blood circulation. Iron helps transport oxygen throughout the blood. In fact, an iron deficiency is most commonly linked to the development of anaemia, which is a condition that is due to a lack of healthy red blood cells being produced.
Anaemia is related to a problem with the haemoglobin cell that carries oxygen throughout the body. When the body is unable to get enough oxygen to the cells and tissues, it feels weak and fatigued. Iron helps metabolize proteins and plays a role in the production of haemoglobin and red blood cells, serving as a natural treatment for anaemia.
2. Builds Strong Bones
With an impressive range of essential minerals that strengthen the bones, spelt is a natural choice for boosting bone health. Calcium and phosphorus, for example, bind together to form crystals that make up bones and teeth. Together, they strengthen bones and keep them strong for a lifetime, according to a study at the University of North Carolina.
With 29 percent of your recommended daily value of phosphorus in spelt flour, you are well on your way to providing for your bones. Foods high in phosphorus, like spelt flour, also maintain the body at the proper pH level and help with energy extraction.
3. Boosts Immune System:
The vitamins and minerals in spelt flour help to boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. Iron, for example, is closely linked to the immune system, according research published in the Journal of Neural Transmission. It’s also needed to properly digest and absorb other nutrients from food, due to its role in the metabolic enzyme process. In addition, iron helps bring enough oxygen to damaged areas of the body, including damaged tissues, organs and cells that are prone to infection or disease development.
According to research published in Biochemistry, thiamine plays a role in immune system activation. That’s because thiamine helps maintain the muscle tone along the walls of the digestive tract, where much of the immune system is actually located — and spelt flour’s thiamine count helps prevent thiamine deficiency. It also wards off inflammation and helps fight chronic stress, which can impact your immune system greatly.
4. Aids Digestive Function:
Consuming a high-fibre diet is very important for digestion, and spelt flour provides this necessity. Fibre actually contains zero calories since it essentially can’t be digested by humans, and although it’s found in carbohydrate foods like spelt flour, it doesn’t contribute any carbs to our diets.
Due to its structure and our inability to absorb it, fibre passes through our digestive system unabsorbed by digestive enzymes within the stomach — taking with it toxins, waste, fat and cholesterol particles and removing them from the gut. In the process, it helps improve our digestion and heart health, makes us feel full, and supports detoxification.
Due in part to its fibre content, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, spelt flour bread is rapidly digestible, again touting its digestive benefits.
A high-fibre diet also helps prevent digestive disorders and diseases like diverticulitis, colon cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. This is because prebiotic fibre helps improve immune function and maintains better colon and intestinal health, while also clearing away harmful waste from the digestive organs.
5. Decreases Cholesterol:
Not only does the dietary fibre present in spelt flour help with digestion, but it also helps the body lower cholesterol levels naturally. Fibre targets LDL (bad) cholesterol and eliminates it from the body in order to regulate the balance of fatty acids. A 1999 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine evaluated the blood cholesterol-lowering effects of dietary fibre. After a 51-week treatment period, where participants were given a fibre supplement daily, there were clear, positive results.
The fibre supplement provided significant and sustained reductions in LDL cholesterol, without reducing HDL cholesterol or increasing triglycerides. Because of spelt flour’s high levels of dietary fibre, it has the power to aid the reduction of cholesterol levels.
6. Reduces High Blood Pressure:
Because spelt contributes to a high-fibre diet, it essentially lessens a person’s likelihood to experience hypertension and other risk factors of heart disease and metabolic syndrome. A 2005 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that increasing the intake of fibre in Western populations, where intake is far below recommended levels, may contribute to the prevention of hypertension.
Elevated blood pressure is when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and the arterial wall becomes distorted, which causes extra stress on the heart. This stress can lead to serious health conditions like heart attack and stroke. It’s important to add natural remedies for high blood pressure, like the consumption of spelt flour and other high-fibre foods, into your diet and lifestyle.
7. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels:
Spelt flour helps regulate the amount of glucose and insulin that’s released in the body; this is due to its high fibre content as well. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, studies show that a high-fibre diet may help prevent type 2 diabetes, lower insulin and blood sugar levels, and improve cholesterol and triglyceride (fats in the blood) levels in people with diabetes. One well-designed clinical study suggests that pregnant women with type 1 diabetes may be able to reduce the amount of insulin they use if they eat a high-fibre diet.
A telling clinical study compared people with type 2 diabetes, who were eating 50 grams of fibre daily, with people getting the recommended 24 grams of fibre daily. After six weeks, people on the higher-fibre diet had better control of blood glucose, insulin and blood lipids.
8. High Source of Manganese:
One cup of cooked spelt flour has over 100 percent the daily recommended value of manganese! Manganese is an important trace mineral that’s needed for many vital functions, including nutrient absorption, production of digestive enzymes, bone development and immune-system defences. A manganese deficiency can cause serious health threats, such as bone loss, muscle aches, joint pain and changes in mood.
One of the most vital benefits of manganese is its ability to reduce bone loss. When it’s combined with other minerals, including calcium, zinc and copper, it minimizes bone loss, especially in older women who are more susceptible to bone fractures and weak bones. By improving bone mass, manganese helps prevent and treat osteoporosis, which is when small holes or weakened areas are formed in the bone that can lead to fractures, pain and a Dowager’s hump.
9. High Source of Niacin:
Niacin is a part of the vitamin B complex, and it’s a water-soluble vitamin that’s important for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and metabolism — especially balancing blood cholesterol levels. Niacin helps with brain function, healthy skin formation, and preventing or treating diabetes.
There’s evidence that niacin can help to lower the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, eye disorders like cataracts, acne and skin flair-ups, osteoarthritis, circulation problems, migraine headaches, dizziness, and learning disorders like ADHD. Some initial studies have pointed to the fact that niacin can be hard to tolerate for some people, resulting in certain unwanted niacin side effects; however, researchers have found evidence that when taken in regular amounts, niacin’s favourable effects outweigh the slim potential for patients experiencing niacin side effects.
I’ll leave it there for today as was slightly longer than planned, hope you found helpful and do let me know if you make my recipe, I’d love to see pictures of your own versions.
Lots of love,
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