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About Amaranth…

2016-10-15
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Because my family used to do Instincto for several years when I was little, I wasn’t familiar with many of what are seen as “normal” or conventional food for a long time. For instance, until the age of five, I had never tasted bread in my life. Instead, I knew many exotic fruits and other rather uncommon food like Quinoa and Amaranth. I thought it was only natural that I knew them and that my family was eating them. But when I got older, I realized that there are so many people that have never heard of Quinoa, for example. (I love it! I will totally do a post about it for those of you who don’t know it.)

I sometimes tend to forget about this, but last week, I had a conversation with my best friend about my eating habits. I lately changed my diet to vegan, plus I don’t eat “normal” grains anymore because of pretty annoying skin issues. I also easily get bloated, and changing my diet was the only thing that helped. (Try this free anti bloat action plan by Organic Burst if you have this problem, too, it helped me a lot!) So my friend asked me, “do you even eat anything anymore?” And when I named a few things that I eat a lot, she asked me what amaranth was. I was surprised that she didn’t know, and that reminded me of the fact that there are still many people out there who don’t know about some pretty amazing foods! So I decided to do a series of posts in each of which I will share some interesting random information, benefits and uses of one particular healthy food. For this first post, I chose amaranth, and did a bit of additional research on it. Let’s talk amaranth then!

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Amaranth is a tall, bushy plant with broad leafs. It was originally cultivated by the Aztecs, and is now grown on many parts of the world. What is referred to as amaranth are actually its seeds, which you can eat.

It is often called a grain, but it actually isn’t! That’s why it is also called a “pseudo-grain”. Instead, it’s related to beets, spinach, swiss chard and quinoa (as I said, post on this one coming soon!) The exciting part of this fact is that in consequence, gluten is nowhere to be seen in amaranth! 🙂

Amaranth has many super powers, cause it contains so many things that are good for you! Some of these are:

  • many different vitamins, including vitamin C
  • high amount of protein
  • high amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium
  • the amino acid lysine which helps to build muscle and increase energy

And here are some specific benefits:

  • it can help prevent cancer,
  • reduce inflammation,
  • lower cholesterol,
  • lower blood pressure

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And now to the part that you’re probably most interested in: How can you eat amaranth? This is simple actually. I love using it as it is so versatile! Here are some suggestions for you:

  1. Cook it and eat it for lunch/dinner together with vegetables or anything you like. Be careful though, it’s really filling!
  2. Cook it and eat it for breakfast, make some sort of porridge for example
  3. Include cooked amaranth in desserts, like this banana chia pudding with amaranth
  4. Include popped amaranth in breakfast porridge or in desserts; you can also use it as a topping, it looks pretty!
  5. Use amaranth flour for cakes and other baked goods

So that’s it, some of the most important facts about amaranth! Feel free to suggest some interesting foods for my next posts in the comments 🙂 Talk to you soon!

xx, Jezebel

 

 

Jezebel
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  1. A big thank you for your post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

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