Cooking Delights

Saturday, April 07, 2007

My favourite muffins

I am really loving my new cookbook. There are already a couple of favourites in this cook book. One is these amazing pumpking muffins pictured above. Another is the amazing museli recicpe that everybody raves about and is super nutritious.

These muffins have the coolest texture because of the millet in them. Why is millet good for you, you ask?

Although oats have been widely publicized for their heart-protective properties, millet is a grain that should also be included on your list of heart-healthy choices because of its status as a good source of magnesium. Magnesium has been shown in studies to reduce the severity of asthma and to reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. Magnesium has also been shown to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack, especially in people with atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease. Niacin (vitamin B3) can be of help in lowering high cholesterol. A cup of cooked millet provides 26.4% of the daily value for magnesium.

I also love the idea of re-celling our bodies with the nutritious food that we eat. Millet contributes to that project as well!
The phosphorus provided by millet plays a role in the structure of every cell in the body. In addition to its role in forming the mineral matrix of bone, phosphorus is an essential component of numerous other life-critical compounds including adenosine triphosphate or ATP, the molecule that is the energy currency of the body. Phosphorus is an important component of nucleic acids, the building blocks of the genetic code. In addition, the metabolism of lipids (fats) relies on phosphorus, and phosphorus is an essential component of lipid-containing structures such as cell membranes and nervous system structures. A cup of cooked millet will give you 24.0% of the daily value for phosphorus.

I also love the roasted pumpkin seeds on top. I have been using a lot of pumpkin seeds lately as a means of adding more iron to my diet. Did you know that just 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds contains almost 30% of your daily requirement of iron?

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