I am not a dietitian, I am a Research and Development Chef with a Nutritional Concentration. This site is based on opinions I've formed through my research and experience working for manufactured food processors.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Get to know your grains! AMARANTH

It's Amaranth Surprise, it's really a seed masquerading around in grains clothing.  Amaranth is similar to quinoa and it's a great source of protein, minerals, and vitamins which contribute to high energy levels, healthy cell growth, strong bones, an improved immune system, and proper muscle and nerve function. It is also 90% digestible which makes it a good food for those recovering from illness because the body will absorb most of its nutrients.

How do I cook with it?  It can be cooked as a cereal, puffed and popped like popcorn, added to soups and stews as a thickener, sprouted and sprinkled over salad, or thrown in with rice or couscous.  

To learn more about grains click here:  http://www.wholegrainscouncil.org/

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