Three Ecuador Shamanic Health Tips

by | Jun 19, 2014 | Archives

Here is a quinoa eating tip.  Soak and ferment quinoa before you eat it.

See a great recipe for thermos quinoa kitchari below.

thermos quinoa kichari

Thermos Quinoa Kitchari.  Quinoa is a great vegetarian food because it is a complete protein and can replace wheat even though it belongs to a different botanical class.  Quinoa is a relative of spinach, beets and chard but provides all nine essential amino acids and is a source of fiber, magnesium, iron and riboflavin.

However quinoa contains three substances that may hinder natural health.  One substance are saponins, soap-like molecules that coat the exterior of quinoa. They can lead to digestive problems and even “leaky gut”. Another is prolamins that can extend gluten reactions even when gluten is not taken in. The third substance is phytic acid which actively binds to important minerals and makes them unavailable to the body. When quinoa is soaked 12 hours prior to cooking a great deal of the saponins are removed as well as 60% to 70% of the physic acid.  If the quinoa is fermented with whey for 18 hours even more of the phytic acid is removed.

Thermos Quinoa Kitchari Thermos quinoa kitchari is a very healthy, fast… easy… portable meal anywhere.

This is a meal you can live on… balanced with protein, carbs and fat… filled with nutrition, delicious and easy and fast to prepare.

Here is the recipe for Thermos Quinoa Kitchari.

1/3 cup organic quinoa (dry or fermented)

2/3 cup Mung Beans (or Yellow Split) or Green Split Peas.

Handful of Vegetables of your choice. 3 cups (approx.)


A bit of Salt

1 tsp. Coconut Oil, Ghee or Olive Oil.

1 tsp. Cumin Powder

1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder

1/2 tsp. Coriander Powder

1/2 tsp. Fennel Powder

1 pinch Asafoetida (Hing) if this suits you.

If dry soak the quinoa in water overnight. Then pour out the water in the morning. Stir the dry quinoa, split peas (or mung beans), vegetables and spices with the water and bring to a boil.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Bring back to a boil and pour into a thermos.

Add the coconut oil on top.

Close the thermos.

Leave at least two hours.  Enjoy your walk. Open and eat!  Delicious. I personally like spinach or greens and celery as vegetables… ideally organic and ideally washed with Purely Green.

I cut them into smallish pieces so they’ll fit in the thermos. I also use organic spices… normally Frontier Brand purchased at the health food store.

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