If you’ve never heard of Ancient Grains, boy you’re missing out! Not only are they some of the healthiest foods on the planet, but they’re also some of the most delicious. Adding more of these grains to your diet is guaranteed to improve your health in more ways than you can imagine.
Got your attention? Read on to find out more about these amazing ancient grains…
What are Ancient Grains?
The name “ancient grains” refers to grains that have been cultivated and consumed by people for thousands of years. Some grains (wheat among them) have only been consumed for a few hundred years, but grains like teff, quinoa, farro, farik, and amaranth were eaten before modern cultivation methods were discovered. They are by far the healthiest grains around, and they are the ones you want to eat more of!
There are world-wide ancient grains used to this very day!
Benefits of Ancient Grains
Not sure why you should be giving up your pizza, pasta, rice, or whole wheat cereal in favor of ancient grains? Here are some of the amazing properties of these amazing ancient grains:
Amaranth — Dating back to the time of the Incas and Aztecs, this grain is gluten-free, provides complete proteins, is rich in fiber, and provides a lot of the minerals your body needs for healthy function. It can help you build muscle and burn fat WITHOUT adding lots of calories to your diet. It’s also gluten-free so you can use copious amounts for baking and general health.
Kamut –– This grain originates in Egypt, dating back to the era of King Tutankhamen. It’s loaded with healthy proteins and fibers, along with selenium–an immune-boosting mineral that protects against disease. It’s a wonderful grain to use for baking thanks to its natural sweetness.
Buckwheat –– Not technically a type of wheat, buckwheat is more of an edible grass that is loaded with the 8 essential amino acids, B vitamins, and minerals. Eating just 30 grams of the stuff per day can help to lower your blood pressure drastically, and it’s so rich in fiber that it will fill you up far faster than any other type of grain! Despite the name including ‘wheat’, buckwheat is also gluten-free and safe for Celiac Disease.
Quinoa –– Originating in the Andes Mountains, this ancient grain is one of the most nutritionally balanced foods on the planet, with minerals, B vitamins, protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. It’s one of the best vegan sources of protein and it’s also gluten-free (just be wary of other ingredients if there is a Ingredients Label included).
These are just a few of the best ancient grains, but there is many more, including:
Spelt (rich in dietary fiber, has a nutty taste)
Millet (gluten-free, heart-smart grain)
Farro (more fiber than any other grain)
Sorghum (rich in antioxidants)
Freekah (loaded with protein and fiber, low in carbs)
It’s definitely a good idea to eat more of these ancient grains! (None of these from Spelt to Freekah are gluten-free though.)
Take a look at what ancient grains look like!
How to Eat Ancient Grains
One downside to these grains is that they are VERY hard to prepare. They require a lot more cooking time, and they have a stronger flavor than grains like wheat, rice, and oats.
However, if you can learn to prepare them properly, you’ll find that they are supremely delicious as well as nutritious. You can enjoy them in many different ways, such as:
– Buckwheat noodles in place of wheat noodles (for pasta)
– Quinoa in place of couscous or white rice (for curry)
– Amaranth in place of oats (in yoghurt)
– Adding chia seeds into juice or shakes
– Boil farro with water (like rice) and eat in a salad filled with kale, cherry tomatoes, radish, and whatever else you like!
You’ll need to get a bit creative, but you’ll find that it’s fairly easy to turn these ancient grains into delicious meals!
Looks the same as other pastas, right?
Where to Buy Ancient Grains
It’s pretty hard to find ancient grains in your local supermarket, though Wal-mart and Target both carry at least a few of the more popular grains.
You can check out places like Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and other health food stores if you want to find these ancient grains. The prices, however, will usually be very high. However, at Whole Foods, they carry these grains with bulk dispensers, so you are more than free to choose the weight/amount you’d like to purchase.
Most larger-sized health food markets will have bulk dispensers or bulk buckets filled with ancient grains.
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