Super grains are very easy to add to your every day diet. One of the first and easiest changes people can make when they want to lose weight or eat healthier, is cut out white breads, pastas, etc. Switching to whole grains instead of white offers a lot of benefits and it’s an inexpensive and easy switch to make.
Whole grains are extremely nutritious offering benefits such as:
- Help maintain or lose weight.
- Fights off heart disease.
- Keeps cholesterol levels low.
- Maintain a healthy and regular digest system.
- Keeping a healthy metabolism
Fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and iron are just a few of the extra value-packed nutritional benefits of whole grains. These things are stripped from the grain almost completely when making things like white bread and pasta.
Five Super Grains You Should Be Eating
Quinoa is a grain that resembles a combination of grain and rice. The history of quinoa dates all the way back to the Inca civilization. The Incas considered it to be a sacred grain and for a very good reason. Quinoa is packed with protein and is also full of fiber. Quinoa is a perfect way to start your morning, and the fibre will help you feel full for the day.
You can add things such as chicken broth and eat it for lunch, or add some honey and maple syrup with cinnamon for a tasty and nutritional-packed breakfast.
Spelt is an older form of the wheat crop mainly found in Europe, but since it needs very little in the way of fertilizer, many who are interested in organic eating and growing are bringing this grain back into popularity again.
A great reason to eat spelt is, of course, its nutritional value – ranging from high in protein to high in fiber. Spelt is deliciously sweet and it has a nutty flavor that when used in bread instead of traditional grain gives it an extra added value in taste that cannot be replicated.
Kasha, a traditional Russian meal, used to only be used for fancy occasions such as royal feasts and weddings. The Russians knew what they were doing when they served kasha. As roasted, hulled buckwheat, kasha holds the mother load of nutrients and vitamins such as potassium, calcium, B vitamins, phosphorus, and iron. Incorporating this grain into your diet offers you a one-two punch for your immune system.
Chia contains a ton of Omega 3s, loaded with protein, and one of the lowest carbohydrate grains. For this reason, many athletes are turning to chia as part of their daily winning game. Being high in antioxidants increases the value of chia in your diet as well. Just like the Incas and their quinoa, the ancient Aztecs knew that chia was a powerful substance and main staple for their diet.
Amaranth was another grain that the ancient Aztecs knew was valuable to them. They not only included it into their everyday diets but also offered it as part of various rituals and ceremonies. Plant proteins, amino acids, lysine, calcium, and iron as well as a high fiber content make this particular grain the one that has it all.
Ancient cultures knew how powerful these grains were and ate them regularly. We are lucky we still have them around today, and we can reap the same powerful benefits.
I’ve never tried Amaranth. I’ll have to give this a shot!