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I came across Teff Tribe when I was invited to a dinner to launch the product. I attended, ate myself into oblivion, discovered an awesome new healthy substitute to rice (can I get an amen?) and met the people behind the brand whose ethos is small things matter. That every little bit we do help someone else, matters. Needless to say, they had me at hello.

Teff, in a nutshell ( actually it’s not in a nutshell), is a grain. A very small one. In fact, it’s the smallest grain you can get. It’s found in Ethiopia and can grow in any sort of weather element. Apart from its tiny proportions, what’s so great about this grain I hear you ask? Here goes.

It’s full of protein, low in GI, high in fibre, high in iron, something about resistant starch (didn’t know that was a thing, but yay for healthy intestines!), no gluten, no nuts and it’s full of calcium and a great dairy alternative for vegans! And if that doesn’t make you feel like running with pace to their online store, here’s what you do with it..their words, not mine…

‘Teff can be blended into a smoothie for added texture, or boiled whole to use as a rice substitute. It can be made into porridge for breakfast, or pancakes using our flour. It can be baked in a cake, sprinkled over a salad, and made into bread. Put simply, teff can replace any flour or grain in a recipe as the light nutty flavour works well from sweets through to savoury. And especially well with chocolate.’

Here are some delicious recipes to try.

Here’s the best part. For the month of February Teff Tribe will be donating 25% of all their sales to their non-profit charity partner Ethiopiaid. Ethiopia, where the grain originates from, is in the face of the most devastating drought in 50 years. Donations will go towards making someone’s life, healthier and safer. You can read more about what Teff Tribe hopes to help with here.

Pretty great right?

Jane Lengope, 40, poses in her home in the village of Umoja, Samburu, Kenya on February 19, 2015.

Judi Lerumbe, 21, stands by her home in the village of Umoja in Samburu, Kenya on February 19, 2015.
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A teenager breast feeds her baby in a rural area outside Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Aug. 16, 2010. Her husband was maimed shortly after they were married and her lack of education means she must live with her family indefinitely.

Maternal health

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