Ayurvedic Tips and Reminders – Could Amaranth be the New Quinoa?

Dear friends,

Many grains are now off the list with people going gluten free. Harry Balzer of the NPD Group states that at least if not more than 1/3 of Americans are trying to avoid gluten if not more. http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2013/03/09/173840841/gluten-goodbye-one-third-of-americans-say-theyre-trying-to-shun-it

So with that said, oatmeal, barley, rye, wheat, ( tabouleh), matzoh, Kamut, are out the window and gone from the pantry.

If you’ve been having steel cut oats for breakfast hoping to increase fiber, reduce cholesterol, or even minimize chances of heart disease and cancer or you are simply tired of eating quinoa here’s a new alternative- “Amaranth”.  It’s actually the seed of the plant, considered to be cereal like, not really a grain but can be cooked like a grain. In Sanskrit amaranth means “denying death” or immortality that’s compelling in itself. It is also good for all body types.

Raw Organic Amaranth GrainAmaranthus isolated.

Here are five facts:

  1. Amaranth is the most protein rich food of any plant food- A whopping 28 grams per cup- twice the amount in milk, beating quinoa, and even meat. One cup of rice only equals 13.1 grams of protein.
  2. Higher in fiber, calcium, manganese than any other grain- one cup contains  15 grams of iron compared to 3 grams of white rice.
  3. Uniquely high in Lysine which is an amino acid that helps the body recover from surgery, sports injuries and increase calcium absorption.
  4. A powerful antioxidant which minimizes oxidative stress.
  5. One of the highest grains in fiber content making it a superfood – fighting heart disease, cholesterol, and cancer.
  6. Lastly, it’s gluten free!

A simple breakfast porridge recipe:

Cook one cup amaranth grain with 2 and 1/2 cups water- Bring water to boil, add grain and a pinch of pink salt- lower heat and cook for twenty minutes. Top with ghee or chopped nuts, berries or soaked raisins- ( anything you like really)- Sweetener optional. Grain will appear mushy- that’s when it’s ready.

Amaranth can also be used to instead of tabouleh .http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/tabbouleh-style-amaranth-salad



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