7 New Super Foods

Teff

Indigenous to Ethiopia, teff is the world's smallest whole grain, with each grain no bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. It's also a nutritional dynamo replete with impressive amounts of fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. Blessed with a rich, nutty flavor, teff is also gluten-free.

Teff Porridge
Serves 4

  • 3/4 cup teff
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, sliced in half
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups water to a boil. Add teff, cinnamon and stirring often to prevent lumping. Mix in sugar, flax seed and an additional 1/3 cup water. Heat for another five minutes, or until teff is tender. Add more water if mixture is too thick. Divide teff among serving bowls and top with hazelnuts, blueberries and maple syrup.

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Matthew Kadey is a Canada-based dietician, freelance nutrition writer and recipe developer. He is currently working on his first cook book based on his blog muffintinmania.com.

 

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