New Grain

by HEAB on September 12, 2009

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Was it amaranth?  Was it millet? How about buckwheat?

Nope, it was….

Teff

Teff

My friend Em and I did a little exchange.  She was in need of a certain cookbook I had, and I was in dire need of some teff. The only time I’d ever eaten teff was in the form of Injera bread at a local Ethiopian restaurant, but I’ve been dying to try the grain itself.  Our Whole Foods only sells teff flour, but Em eats teff all the time and was happy to send some my way along with a few Caveman Bars. Thanks sweet Em!

According to this website, teff, a tiny, yet nutrient dense grain has quite the history.

Teff is believed to have originated in Ethiopia between 4000 and 1000 BC. Teff seeds were discovered in a pyramid thought to date back to 3359 BC. Because the grains of teff are so small, the bulk of the grain consists of the bran and germ. This makes teff nutrient dense as the bran and germ are the most nutritious parts of any grain. This grain has a very high calcium content, and contains high levels of phosphorous, iron, copper, aluminum, barium, and thiamine. It is considered to have an excellent amino acid composition, with lysine levels higher than wheat or barley. Teff is high in protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. It contains no gluten so it is appropriate for those with gluten intolerance.

After some hot Vinyasa yoga, I poured 1/2 cup of dry teff into my rice cooker along with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt.  By the time I was done showering, my warm cooked teff was waiting for me…I love my rice cooker.

Before mixing in some Jay Robb vanilla rice protein powder, I took a bite of plain teff.  It reminded me of wheat bran.  Not bad by itself, but much better with a little sexy hot love from Mr. Robb.  I then played musical jars and served up my breakfast in some Maranatha roasted almond butter.

If you can find teff, I highly recommend it!

If you can find teff, I highly recommend it!

Teff gets two thumbs up from me.  It’s makes a tasty bread as well as a hot cereal bathed in almond butter.

In other exciting news, guess what is coming to Nashville??????

I was hoping for a job but had to settle for a free headband instead.  ;)

I was hoping for a job but had to settle for a free headband instead. ;)

That’s right.  Lululemon is opening up a showroom in Nashville, in the very same strip mall that houses Whole Foods and Anthropologie.  3 VERY dangerous places for my checkbook.  Anyway, the store does not open until next month, but the employees held an open house today. I stopped by to meet the manager after begging her for a job meeting her over email.  I own one pair of Lululemon pants that I bought for 50% off at my local yoga studio, and they are seriously the BEST pants ever.  That being said, I cannot justify spending $100 on another pair.  I’ve decided the only way I’m ever going to get that 2nd pair would be with an employee discount.  Unfortunately, they’ve already hired a full staff, but I’m not giving up just yet.

Any other teff eaters or Lululemon pants owners out there? Teff recipes?  Any Lululemon hand-me-downs?  Never hurts to ask. ;)

{ 65 comments }

psychoj1 September 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I need (well, kinda!) some yoga pants!! Hope you get a job sometimes :D Hmm, teff sounds neat! Glad you enjoyed it!
<3 jess

Amy September 12, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Agreed–three very dangerous stores all in one area! They know how to trap the modern, fit, health-conscious, chic woman (wink wink) don’t they? I have never owned or even tried on Lulu pants, but I’ve heard they are amazing.

Mandy A September 12, 2009 at 3:37 pm

What?? That strip mall is DANGEROUS for me! Along with your list of whole foods and anthropologie – add on the cosmetics market for me!!!!! Oh boy!

Amelia September 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I’ve never purchased anything from Lululemon cause it’s so expensive, but I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews. The teff sounds really interesting. I’ve never heard of/seen it, so I’ll be interested to see if you get some cool recipes for it! :)

The Foodie Diaries September 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Teff sounds amazing! Proud owner of Lululemon pants, but I don’t do yoga… Is that an oxymoron?

-Sarah

Samantha September 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I LOVE Lululemon! But also really love the pants from lucy and they’re a bit more affordable. ;) Here’s hoping something opens up!

I’ve never had teff. Keep seeing it in recipes and such. Always nice to find something new and yummy.

edtreatmentreview September 12, 2009 at 4:07 pm

i recently did a review on caveman bars!! did u see it? my old boss loved them, when i brought the sampls in, he ate 4 in a row!!! he was crazy!!

faith in food September 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm
Run Sarah September 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

All of my workout gear is Lululemon! I have pants and hoodies I have worn for 5+ years so I feel they are worth the money. It originated here so we have an amazing outlet! You should come visit :)

Chocolate-Covered Katie September 12, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Have you ever eaten Ethiopian food? The sponge-y pancakes (injera) are made of teff; I love those things!

You look so cute with your headband!

Deva (voracious vorilee) September 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm

I have never tried teff before – it looks delicious. Another blog I was reading today, whose name escapes me, the blogger said she gets a lot of her Lulu gear from ebay.

VeggieGirl September 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Teff, eh?? Intriguing!! :-D

lora September 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm

thats so funny you mention lulumon, because I have an interview for a job at the new downtown Chicago store on Wednesday! :)

xoxo
lO

p.s. a perk is not only a discount but FREE yoga at local studios!

Lisa September 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

I had teff as a kid when I sill lived at home. My mom made it as a hot cereal on the stove top. I remember really liking it and I definitely need to buy it again, now that I’m on my own. Glad you enjoyed it!

I’ve never even heard of Lululemon. *gasp* Where have I been? I should check out their website!

Erin September 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Oh, that is so cool! I’ve had tha bread before and heard about the grain being incredibly nutrient dense. But I couldn’t remember what it was. I enjoy your love of grains so much. I always have a weird variety that confuses people.
I still haven’t visited a Lululemon, but I have feeling it would be love. I’d rather buy yoga pants than “real clothes.” And that is a very dangerous sounding area! But fabulous!

veganfritz September 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

oooh, I have to get my hands on some teff one of these days.

hotflashbang September 12, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Teff??? Geez should have known it’d be something I’ve never heard of.. interesting though! mmmmmm can’t wear Lululemon… maybe someday… they’re very cool looking, comfy clothes.. but I’m with you.. $100 for comfy for working out clothes is a bit out of my budget.. but half price rocks!

Maggie September 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I haven’t ever tried teff, but I’ve heard of it.

I still haven’t bought a pair of lulu pants, but I try them on every time I go into the store… and then talk myself out of it. Sometimes they have killer sales but I’ve never found a good pair of sale pants in my size. I’ve heard you can get lulu stuff on ebay but I’ve never looked. I’m going to right now!

kay September 12, 2009 at 5:33 pm

if you are a certified trainer..aerobics instructor..anything like that, you can get a 15% discount as an R&D member.

Pam (Highway to Health) September 12, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Hmm teff. I’ve never even heard of it! Thanks for posting about it.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 12, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I GUESSED TEFF IN MY LAST COMMENT TO YOU!!!!!!! Sorry to shout but just wanted you to know, I knew you were gonna spring some teff on us. It’s like the next logical grain after quinoa, and amarynth, then comes teff. I don’t have an recipes, I am not a big cooked grains girl. It’s just not my mo-jo but please rock out your musical teff jars of love-n-happy times in your tummy!

Right before we left San Diego, well this summer actually, Lulu opened a showroom. The cool thing was that they also partnered with the downtown W Hotel. And once a month they did “vinyasa and vino” at the W. The yoga was free (sponsored by Lulu), they were hawkin’ their clothes, the wine was not free either but the experience was cool and may be a nice way to score a free yoga class or too…I bet they will partner with a local establishment like that to promote their yoga.

As for dealing with them….Ummm, well, I don’t really care that I am sayin this, they weren’t so friendly. I have been a registered yoga teacher for 9 yrs and I admit the yoga community is full of flakes & nuts, but the people at the store when I went to talk to them were ummm just less than Nordstrom friendly and we’ll leave it at that. Good luck mama :)

Lulu hand me downs…are you nuts? I hoard my stuff LOL

xoxo
Averie

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm

OMG I LOVE Teff almost more than Naan. Ethiopian food is my second fave food behind Indian! YUM. I sometimes throw it into baked goods to get a nice dark color.

Heabs- are you telling me that a half cup of teff filled up an entire bottle of (empty) nut butter jar???? Really ??????!!! If so, I’m IN. I have some Teff flour in my pantry, but you know that it’s totally ripped apart, plus I have no oven yet! :-)

Glad you tried something new and fun!

I usually buy Bia Brazil (it’s like control top panty hose for yogis). But I’m sure you’ll love your LuLu!

Hugs!

Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 12, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Doh, I meant “I almost love INJARA more than Naan”. Once you hit “publish” you see all the dumb mistakes you made!! Duuurrrrrr!

Laura September 12, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Good choice! I love teff- did your friend send you the brown or ivory kind? Brown is supposed to taste more distinctive- like molasses apparently. I use it in loadsa different ways- you can make teff polenta, teff porridge, puffed teff (if you are brave and don’t mind smoke and flying confetti!) I also use the flour to make gluten free wraps, bread, puddings… have a look at this website for more ideas: http://www.tobiateff.co.uk/recipe.html ;)

Emily September 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm

I haven’t tried teff! Thanks for the write-up!

There is a Lululemon a block from me. I’ve gotten used to walking past the temptation :)

Mara @ What's For Dinner? September 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm

OH i love Teff!! i tried it years ago in my early WW days and forgot how delicious it is. I made a pilaf w/mushrooms and something else… and it was awesome :) Have a great weekend my dear!

tracey September 12, 2009 at 6:59 pm

love my steamer/rice cooker too. How long did you cook it?

Carolyn September 12, 2009 at 7:00 pm

We will def try the Teff…!! But in the mean time i will just have to settle for the box of Garden Herb Sunshine Burgers in my freezer!!! Got them in East Lansing on a football road trip today… They softened the blow of the unfortunate outcome of the MSU/CMU game we went to… Nothing like a trip to a great health food store to divert attention from a bad football score!

My breakfast for tomo…We’re ALL on the water at 7:00am!!!

Brandi September 12, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Dang, that was going to be my other grain guess!!! Glad you liked it :)

I don’t own ANYTHING by them, but I’ve heard amazing things. i think I need to save up and order something online. We don’t have a store here either.

enjoy your weekend, girly!

Erica September 12, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Fun new grain! Its amazing how many are out there (yet we all ate the same ole’s growing up!!!) Thank goodness for stores like whole foods and local health stores that carry these! Oww love lu lu! I bet you’ll get a job there soon!

glidingcalm September 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I just bought a Caveman Bar the other day! SOOOO FREAKIN DELISH!!!

And omg Lululemon was soooooooooooo BIG when I was training in Canada a couple years ago- so cool that it has gotten so huge in the States. Though I don’t own Lululemon (can’t afford it), I LOVE their stuff and hope that one day I can get some goods!!! They always look so amazing on everyone and in pilates I am constantly complimenting people on their Lulu workout gear!!

LOVE YOU MAMA HEAB!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY WEEKEND!

Erin September 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Yeah, I love Lululemon! Their products are beautiful :) Rob likes their shorts – maybe CD would too!

Colleen Cameron September 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Heather, I wen to Trader Joe’s today in Atlanta and bought some of the highly recommended Almond butter! Can’t wait to try it!

Jules September 12, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I’ve never heard of teff before, but it sounds awesome! If I ever see some, I think I’ll buy it :) Good luck with Lululemon!

charlotte September 12, 2009 at 8:15 pm

First – now I’m dying to try Teff! And I can’t even find Quinoa in most stores here, much less Chia seeds.

Second – I have one pair of Lululemon hand-me-downs and like you I totally love them! Also like you, I’ve decided that no amount of comfy is worth that price tag. Maybe they’ll see your post and send you some free swag though!

missyrayn September 12, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I have never even heard of teff. And I’m pretty sure we don’t have it anywhere around here. But it looks quite interesting. I would never have guessed that.

Lululemon clothes look so comfy and I hear all good things but I can’t justify the price for the pants to wear once or twice a week when I choke at spending the same price on a pair of running shoes I wear almost everyday. If only there was a mega outlet near me or something.

Ashley September 12, 2009 at 9:18 pm

As a Canadian, I have had the joy of a local lululemon for quite awhile now and own far too much of their merchandise! They have changed their pants over the years and I have to say that the quality is *just a little less* than it used to be.

That being said, I LOVE my lululemon hoodies. I have 4 that I wear all the time (yes, 4) and my lulu cropped pants are fantastic! Also have a great yoga mat bag from that lovely store. It’s a bad place for me!!

I have been wanting to pick up some teff, but can’t find it in bulk around me. I will keep looking as I’m always up for new gluten free grains to incorporate!

hopeinpeanutbutterandoats September 12, 2009 at 9:39 pm

i would be living on the streets in a second if i had those three stores all in my area. my lululemon tights are BY FAR the best i’ve ever owned..i LOOOVE LOVE them! so durable and perfect for working out, yoga, or just casual wear
enjoy!

Jillian September 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm

Uh oh…LuLu in your neck of the woods, that is indeed scary!:)
Cute headband tho! The teff in the jar looks like cookie dough goodness! Hugs my dear!

Susan September 13, 2009 at 3:19 am

My mom works for a women’s centre/clinic and Lululemon donated a bunch of hoodies and pants to them. I *may* have grabbed a couple pairs of their loose fitting pants. I LOVE them! They’re nice enough to wear out of the house, but perfect for lounging in as well. I have one of their tanktops that’s perfect for running in too actually. It’s a little too “showy” for yoga though. No one dresses nice in my classes :P

I’ve never heard of teff in my life. Thank you for opening my eyes to it! :)

Lara (Thinspired) September 13, 2009 at 5:52 am

Wow, I’ve never heard of teff before! Leave it to you to pioneer uncharted territory with whole grains (ok, uncharted for bloggers, anyway)!

Very cool about the Lulu in your area. Have you tried ebay for any goodies? I will cross my fingers for you that something will become available ;)

Anna September 13, 2009 at 6:40 am

I KNEW lulu would eventually make it to your area! Seriously, they would LOVE having you as an employee- you’re exactly the type they seek our. Keep going in there and getting to know the manager- I would bet you anything that they have their eye on you already. That sounded creepy but you know what I mean.

Shelby September 13, 2009 at 7:17 am

Teff? I’ll have to look that one up!

hayleycepeda September 13, 2009 at 7:29 am

I’ve never heard of teff before, but it sounds pretty good! I LOOOOOVE Lulu Lemon!! We don’t have a store where I live in NC, but my mom is in Houston and she’s bought me quite a few pants and tops for Jazzercise. The stuff is such good quality and SO cute! I LOVE that headband!! When I go back there in Oct I’m definitely taking a trip to Lulu lemon. Of course I know it’s expensive so I’ll probably buy one thing..:)

CaSaundra September 13, 2009 at 7:43 am

I’ve never heard of tef–sounds interesting!!

I always look forward to new foods your going
to debut on your blog–I learn so much! :-)

Protein Girl September 13, 2009 at 7:54 am

Get to Ebay for those Lululemons! I’ve got one pair full retail (as a gift), and then the subsequent pairs (after falling in love with them) on Ebay! At 5″11, they are the only yoga pants that aren’t floods.

Thanks for the tip on Teff. Can’t wait to try it. SeriousEats just posted this week about teff too! http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/09/teff-ethiopian-gluten-free-grains-flour-porridge-recipe.html

Jaya September 13, 2009 at 9:39 am

Hi Heather,
I still own a pair of pants from Lululemon that I bought almost 7 years ago! I live in Canada and was going to school in Vancouver at the time, and Lululemon was just taking off. There were only 2 stores and both were in BC. Now it is definitely catching on elsewhere and though I am really glad that the pants wear so well for yoga, I think there are many excellent products of equal quality that are much more ethically priced. I own Prana pants too, that I think are possibly better than my Lulus and they were about half the price!
Awesome post on Teff.. I have long been curious and longer been intimidated. I love injera bread, but haven’t had the courage to experiment until now!

justine September 13, 2009 at 9:55 am

Never had Teff Heabs and I feel like I tried on luluemon pants once in long and they weren’t long enough :( . It looks voluminous though. Yum!!

~Justine

Shari B. (FitFeat) September 13, 2009 at 9:59 am

Hey Heather!

We have a Lululemon at our local mall and I’ve never been in! (I think subconsciously I knew it would be a place where I may actually DROOL in public!) Now you’ve convinced me to go check it out. Or apply for a job ;)

I’m new to your blog, and noticed that you were recently in Colorado (and Garden of the Gods). I live in Highlands Ranch, CO – and hike all around near the Garden of the Gods/Pikes Peak area. I’ve been here 18 years and still feel lucky everyday to live in this breathtaking state.

Great blog, love it!

fartygirl September 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

Gluten Free Girl swears that teff makes the best baked goods. I have not the $$$ to try it yet. It tastes like wheat? I wonder if it’s more or less wheaty than sorghum. Anyway, thanks for the update!

Abby September 13, 2009 at 10:43 am

I had never heard of that before I came across this article earlier this week. Most interesting!

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/09/teff-ethiopian-gluten-free-grains-flour-porridge-recipe.html?ref=se-do3

Gena (Choosing Raw) September 13, 2009 at 11:37 am

Hey gorgeous!!

I have always been curious about Teff! Thanks for posting on it.

xo

Liz September 13, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’ve heard that all the marathoners from Ethiopia and Kenya loooveee teff. Maybe there’s a secret ingredient in there ;)

Rosey Rebecca September 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm

If you get a chance, check out my Newman’s Own Organics Giveaway! http://roseyrebecca.com/2009/09/12/newmans-own-organics-giveaway/

Love the free headband!

Alex September 13, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Hey Heather, I love reading your blog and following your adventures with grains as I am a grain lover as well. I eat Teff as a breakfast porridge at least 3-4 times a week. I top it with homemade sprouted vanilla cashew butter, fresh buckwheat granola, lovely cashew milk made fresh and berries from the garden. I looove breakfast grains as you do. I also like to use the brown teff to make a gluten free bread (you can buy teff flour or grind it yourself in your Vita). (http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/03/dark-teff-sandwich-bread.html) This is the blog of a wonderful pair of holistic nutritionists in Bellingham, WA that make a lot of gluten free diets for their clients and has some good Teff recipes. You can even cook it as a porridge and then let it cool a bit, flatten it onto a pizza stone or baking sheet and bake it for a short time in the oven. I like to use it to dip in salsa, soup, or hempnut buttah! Happy Teff cooking!

crunchygranolagal September 13, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I used to work for lululemon and as a result have a ton of their stuff – pants, crops, tops, jackets – you name it. i feel like a fashionista every time i step into a yoga studio, which is kind of hilarious because i’m actually a gap-loving jeans and t-shirt kind of gal. go figure!

Anna September 14, 2009 at 1:56 am

Hi Heather -

We have a store here in Honolulu. I LOVE it! I got a new gym bag there a few weeks ago. I kept looking for one that was actually practical – with a place for dirty clothes, shoes, etc. and couldn’t find one, even online. This one is perfect!

BTW – I hope to move to Colorada after Hawaii, maybe in a year. I love it there too.

I really enjoy your blog!

Anna

Adi (oatonomy.com) September 14, 2009 at 4:43 am

I love teff! I have a little container of it in my cupboard right now that I had forgotten about. The only thing I’m not crazy about is that it doesn’t get as gigantic by way of volume as oat bran or oatmeal does. But, it’s still tasty. :)

JENNA September 14, 2009 at 7:10 am

cool thanks for the informative information on TEFF!! I can’t wait to try/find it!

I love your new headband!! I hope you can snag a sweet job there soon!! that would be FUN!!!

Gina September 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I hadn’t really heard much about teff until this past weekend, and now it is popping up everywhere (isn’t that how is always happens??)

I am jealous of your headband. I don’t have anything lululemon, its much too expensive for me.

Jessica September 14, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I cannot begin to explain my love for all things lulu. I consider them investment pieces because they are such great quality. They outlive every other piece of clothing I own!

Chloe September 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Lululemon is the best store ever! I would be in deep trouble too if I had an Anthropologie, Lulu, and Whole Foods all within walking distance of each other. Their fabric is so nice, but I do agree that their items are rather pricey. All of the stuff I own from them has been given to me for birthdays or holidays.

Love the headband!

Vee September 15, 2009 at 12:20 pm

My favorite pant to do yoga in is Hardtail and I do use them allot outside the studio as well. I always found good deals online at http://www.londomondo.com

Miss McKenzie September 17, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I love love love Lululemon..I honestly believe that I lost over 20 pounds because of how hot I felt in their clothes..crazy yes..but it did work. I think its totally worth the money and I beg beg beg for it everytime I go to the store. I hope you find some more stuff on sale:)

elizabeth September 20, 2009 at 5:17 pm

i love teff AND lululemon! teff porridge is great and adds a little variety! and lululemon is so dangerous. i want everything and always end up spending too much. but their stuff is so nice and durable and well worth the investment. plus, you always look GOOD wearing it!

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