Our whole wheat grain is grown, harvested, ground, and packaged on our 1,556 acre farm. Wheat hosts of important nutrients in its natural state. Therefore, to receive the most benefit of the wholesome goodness of wheat, you have to choose wheat products made from whole wheat flour rather than store bought foods which are robbed of the nutrients that are necessary and important for the human body.
The amount of health benefits of wheat depends wholly on the form in which you can consume it. . These benefits will be practically non-existent if you select wheat that has been processed into 60% extraction, bleached white flour. 60% extraction—the standard for most wheat products in the United States, including breads, noodles and pastas, baked goods like rolls or biscuits, and cookies—means that 40% of the nutrients in the wheat was removed, and only 60% is left. Unfortunately, the 40% that gets removed includes the bran and the germ of the wheat grain—it’s most nutrient-rich parts. In the process of making 60% extraction flour, over half of the vitamin B1, B2, B3, E, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, and fiber are lost.
When you use 100% whole wheat, however, the bran and the germ of the wheat will remain in your meals, and the health benefits will be multiplied by an unbelievable amount! The whole wheat, in its original non-enriched form, is a very good source of all of the nutrients that are naturally produced in wheat, like manganese and iron.
Our high-quality grain cooks up plump, moist and tender and the health benefits of brown rice are numerous as well. Brown rice is an excellent source of magnesium, iron, selenium, manganese, and the vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B6. Brown rice is a good source of dietary fiber, protein, and gamma-oryzanol. White rice is brown rice that has had essential nutrients removed when processed in order to make it easier and faster to cook, and to give it a longer shelf life. This is accomplished by removing the bran, and with it, minerals and vitamins that are necessary in our diet.
Our beans are grown in a low chemical environment, distributed out of Michigan. Navy beans and red beans have tremendous health benefits. They are full of dietary fiber that not only helps prevent constipation, but also helps keeps digestive disorders at bay. Being a rich source of dietary fiber, folate and magnesium, navy beans have been found to reduce the risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Navy beans are full of complex carbohydrates that, rather than leading to any sort of weight gain, provide the brain and muscles with a good and stable supply of energy. If one is suffering from the problem of insulin resistance, hypoglycemia or diabetes, navy beans would prove highly beneficial for them. They help balance blood sugar levels in the body, while providing steady, slow-burning energy. Navy beans prove to be a good source of iron, while being low in calories and almost fat-free. This is the reason why they are recommended for menstruating women, pregnant or lactating women as well as growing children.
Furthermore, there is high thiamin (vitamin B1) content in navy beans. The nutrient is involved in the synthesis of acetylcholine, the important neurotransmitter essential for memory, a lack of which can lead to age-related impairment in mental function (senility) and Alzheimer’s disease. The dietary fiber in navy beans attaches itself to the bile acids in the intestines, used in the synthesis of cholesterol. When excreted by the body, the fiber takes the bile acids along with it, thus helping lower the blood cholesterol levels. The magnesium present in navy beans, by serving as a calcium channel blocker, helps ease fatigue and unwind tired muscles, nerves and blood vessels, in turn alleviating the symptoms related to asthma, migraine headaches, tension and soreness in muscles. Being one of the best sources of copper, navy beans help reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis.
At the same time, they promote the activity of enzymes needed to maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, ligaments and joints. Navy beans are rich in a number of nutrients that take part in the detoxification of the body. By aiding detoxification, they help reduce the risk of various inflammatory, degenerative and cardiovascular diseases, in turn promoting overall health of a person. You should soak navy beans for eight hours before cooking. 1 cup dried beans makes approximately 3 cups cooked beans, so plan the ingredients of your dish accordingly. Before cooking navy beans, wash them thoroughly and remove stones, debris or damaged beans, if any.
Navy beans can be cooked on the stovetop as well as in the pressure cooker. The latter method is quicker. Never ever add salty or acidic seasonings to the navy beans, until after the beans have been cooked. Otherwise, they will not only become hard to eat, but also require more cooking time.
Turbinado sugar is a delicious alternative to table sugar. Unlike typical granulated sugar, Turbinado sugar crystals are much larger, and are made at an earlier period in the sugar cane processing method. It retains some of the flavor of molasses, a natural byproduct of the sugar process, which makes it a desirable addition to tea or coffee.
The first pressing of the sugar cane yields Turbinado sugar. It looks notably different from granulated sugar because it has much larger crystals and is golden to brown in color. It also is considered by some to be “healthier” since it receives less processing than does white sugar.
Unlike granulated sugar, Turbinado sugar tends to hold more moisture, and is lower in calories. A basic teaspoon of Turbinado sugar contains 11 calories, while granulated sugar contains 16. Because it is a little moister than white sugar, Turbinado sugar can become hardened if exposed to too much air. Those who manufacture turbinado sugar recommend storing it, like brown sugar, in an airtight container.
Some manufacturers refer to Turbinado sugar as raw sugar. It can be packaged and sold under numerous names, but one of the most popular of these is “Sugar in the Raw.” It is often sold in small single serving packages for use on restaurant tables, but with a little searching, one can find larger quantities of Turbinado sugar for sale.
Recipes that call for Turbinado sugar tend to replace brown sugar with turbinado varieties. In recipes that call for extreme accuracy of ingredients, one should not replace table sugar with Turbinado sugar because it will add some moisture to the final product. In many baked goods like cookies or muffins, Turbinado sugar can actually benefit the end result because it has additional moisture.Turbinado sugar makes an excellent topping and also carmelizes with great ease.