Wheat Germ recipes

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The growing awareness about the nutritional value of Wheat Germ has made it a popular product among all the health conscious people especially in the US but lately countries like India are also becoming aware of this natural super food. No wonder, it is being suggested by doctors, nutritionists and health fitness coaches as a healthy addition to a busy life.  Lets discuss about the nutritional value and benefits of Wheat Germ.

Btw if you are already aware of the benefits of wheat germ or have tried it during your abroad stints, we are glad to let you know that it has been launched in India by Harmony Foods Pvt. Ltd. and you can order it online through our listing on ebay.

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Vitamin E

One of the main reason why I personally started eating Wheat Germ is the presence of Vitamin E. It is one of the richest source of Vitamin E on Earth. Vitamin E is known to be a natural anti-aging agent and just two tablespoons of Wheat Germ provides about 15% of  recommended daily intake of Vitamin E. By including a few more Vitamin E rich food in the diet one could completely avoid all these anti-aging creams and enjoy a glowing skin. It is also listed as the first product in Dr. Batra’s list of items to be consumed for people having skin issues.

Apart from skin, Vitamin E is also good for heart. It is also an anti oxidant helps preventing blood clots and is needed to strengthen the body’s immune system.

Folic Acid

There is one more reason I’m a big fan of Wheat Germ is the presence of Folic Acid. 2 tbsp of Wheat Germ fulfills 10% of your daily Folic Acid requirement. Its a must have for all the pregnant women. Presence of Folic Acid in the diet aids immensely in the development of healthy new cells, prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord.

Vitamin B

Wheat Germ is a rich source of Vitamins like B like Vitamins B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine). Vitmain B is important to maintain energy levels and maintain healthy muscles, organs, hair and skin.

Octacosanol

Wheat Germ is also a bountiful source of Octacosanol which is long-chain waxy alcohols. Octacosanol is used to improve exercise performance including strength & stamina and helps to enhance the body reflexes and improves alertness and overall oxygen utilization by the body. This is the reason why many body building health supplements contain this ingredient.

Minerals

Wheat Germ also contains important minerals like Zinc and Selenium which are essential to fight male infertility which is sadly increasing very rapidly due to recent lifestyle changes. Zinc and Selenium together improves the grade 1 sperms in male thus improving the chances of pregnancy. They also aid growth and sexual maturation and keep skin healthy. It also promote resistance to disease.

Wheat germ is also a source of Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, and disease-fighting Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
 
Phytosterols
 
Wheat germ contains phytosterols, a compound with similar structure of cholesterol that prevents the production and absorption of bad cholesterol in the food by the body and thereby checking the risk of heart disease. It is a sodium and cholesterol free food.
 
Dietary Fiber
 
It is a great source of natural fiber, which is very essential to maintain regular bowel functioning. It also helps to relieve constipation. But over eating could lead to dysentery as well.
 
According to the study by Livestrong,  one-ounce serving of raw wheat germ provides about 101 calories, 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fat and 4 grams of fiber. After wheat bran, Wheat Germ has the maximum amount of fiber in wheat kernel. And so is protein which helps  repair and replace the cells of the body.
 
Wheat Germ is very small in size and consist of only 3% of entire wheat kernel yet it is a powerhouse of nutrients.
 
So high in nutrients yet it is removed from the wheat flour during milling to increase the shelf life of wheat flour.
 
But now with the availability of Harmony Wheat Germ one can easily incorporate it in the diet to take full advantage of its nutrients.

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Mathri or mathis or sawali, papri, as it is known by many names in different states of North India, is a regular snack item in many families with tea, sometimes also accompanied in lunch boxes of children, while traveling etc. Well I remember eating it with aam ka aachar. But with growing health awareness, the popularity of Mathri was reduced a lot due to the use of refine wheat flour or maida in it.

But we at Harmony Wheat Germ has tried to revive this age old snack with a healthy and nutritious touch. Thanks to Sumitra Soni for sharing this wonderful recipe with us.

wheat germ recipeIngredients

1/2 cup Maida (optional)

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour or Atta

1 cup Harmony Wheat Germ

1/4 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)

1 tsp chilli powder (mirchi)

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch)

2 tsp methi patta

1 tbsp melted ghee

salt to taste

Method

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1 Take Maida, Atta and Wheat Germ in a bowl.

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2 Add all the above listed spices and mix them well.

3 Make a tight dough with lukewarm water.

4 Keep aside for 5 mins and start rolling out small mathris.

5 Prick the mathri equally all over with a fork. This is done so that it does not swell into a puri.

6 Deep fry it in oil at medium flame. Deep Fry is also not consider to be healthy. So you can try Air Fryer.

Things to keep in mind

Since the dough has wheat germ, roll out mathri after 5 mins or so. Or else the dough will moisten. Also wheat germ gets burned very quickly. So make sure to cook at medium flame and not for long. Otherwise the mathri will burn.

Use of Maida is optional. One can avoid it as well. I’ll be soon posting only Atta Mathari soon of course with Wheat Germ as well. Wheat Germ is our main source of all types of nutrients in the recipe.

These Whole wheat masala mathris might not taste exactly  like maida mathri but former is far more healthy than the latter and also nutritious due to the presence of Wheat Germ.

Eggless No Bake Easy Wheat Germ Biscuit Brownie Recipe – Step by Step

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Before starting, a special thanks to Nags for sharing this marvelous recipe on her food blog cookingandme.com. Chocolate Brownie is speciallyadoredby kids but inclusion of Harmony Wheat Germ makes it nutritious as well without affecting the original taste of the brownie. Its like a win-win situation for mum- taste bhi and health bhi.

So here is the recipe of this yummy and nutritious Biscuit Brownie.

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Ingredients:

  • 20-25 Marie biscuits
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup roasted nut of choice (I used Cashew Nuts)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 of a 400gm tin condensed milk (I used low fat Milkmaid)
  • 1/2 cup Harmony Wheat Germ

 

Preparation

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1.  Coarsely crush marie biscuits into a small bit. Do not powder it.

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2. Add icing sugar or powdered sugar to it.

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3. This is the favorite ingredient of children: Cocoa powder, add and mix well.

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4. Then add roasted cashew nuts. You can use any other nuts like Hazel nuts, almond, peanut etc. according to the taste.

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5. This is the favorite ingredients of mums: Harmony Wheat Germ which ensures the addition of nutrients in the brownie. Mix it well.

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6. Then add milkmaid or condensed milk to the mixture and stir is well so that it combines into a wet brownie batter.

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7. Set it in a container and freezer it overnight.

Eat these delicious yet nutritious Brownie cool for a great taste.