Why am I such a fan of millet? It may be that every time I eat millet I stay full and my blood sugar levels stay stable for long periods of times. Either way, I love that, of all the cereal grains, this little wonder has the richest amino-acid protein profile, which leaves me feeling super energized after eating it.

This salad is Smart and Sexy because all of the ingredients in this Salad are designed to give you energy.  Almonds alkalize your body; walnuts give you your much-needed Omega-3’s; the seeds give you protein; Parsley purifies your blood and Pears are great for energizing the stomach and lungs.

Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. Soon millet will become one of your favorites too!Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 11.16.34 PM

Energy Millet Salad

[Makes: 4-6 servings]

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup dry millet
2 cup water
½ cup raisins
½ cup raw almonds, chopped
½ cup raw walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
1 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
½ cup chopped fresh pear (sprinkled lightly with lemon juice to avoid browning)

DRESSING
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon coconut nectar or brown rice syrup
dash salt
dash pepper

In a medium sized pot, toast 1 cup of millet over medium high heat until they start to pop and become fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the water bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat add the raisins and cover. Allow the steam to continue cooking the millet for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and place in a large bowl.

In a frying pan, combine all the nuts and seeds and toast over low heat until golden and fragrant, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.

Combine the millet, nuts and seeds together once they have cooled. Add the parsley & pear.  Season with dash salt & pepper.

Dressing

Combine the oil, vinegar & sweetener together and whisk until well blended.  Toss with millet mixture and enjoy!