Ohr to replace lost Live oak today
The Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art will hold Celebrate Mississippi Arbor Day at 3 p.m. today at the museum, 386 Beach Blvd., Biloxi.
The first Live oak tree to replace those lost in Hurricane Katrina on the museum campus will be planted on the southeast corner of the museum near U.S. 90.
The tree is a gift of the board of the Land Trust of the Mississippi Coastal Plain in memory of Pearl Shuff.
-- Sun Herald
The mother of all grains
The Incan Empire grew into the largest nation on Earth, stretching 2,500 miles from Colombia to Chile along the Andes Mountains.
It was linked together by sophisticated roadways and legendary runners -- the chasquis, young boys who darted along high mountain paths to deliver communications between villages.
We're betting their most sacred food -- quinoa, (pronounced KEEN-wah), which means "Mother of Grains" in Incan -- was one reason they were so strong.
It has a complete protein component, with all of the nine essential amino acids your body needs but can't make. This gluten-free grass seed (it's not a grain, but from a plant related to spinach and Swiss chard) packs incredible nutritional powers.
There are around 120 varieties: White or yellow/ivory is the most common. All varieties must be rinsed before cooking to remove the outer coating of bitter saponins, but you don't lose any nutritional value.
It has a high protein-to-carb ratio: The germ makes up around 60 percent of the seed; in wheat, it's only 3 percent. And it packs more potassium than any true grain. Other nutritional facts: 1 cup has 625 calories; 1.2 g saturated fat; 6 g polyunsaturated fat and 2.7 g monounsaturated fat; 109 g carbs; 12 g fiber; 24 g protein; 40 percent of vitamin B-6's recommended daily allowance; and 83 percent of your daily magnesium.
When you give it a try, remember, don't overcook it. Boil 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups water for 15 minutes. Drain in a fine mesh strainer; return to covered pan, let rest for another 15 minutes. That'll get you up and running!
-- Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz