Ancient Grains: Amaranth

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Facts on Amaranth:

  • High quality plant protein. It's a complete protein also (contains all the essential amino acids)!
    • One particular peptide may play a role in cancer prevention
  • Is heart healthy by helping to reduce total and LDL cholesterol

  • High in iron, calcium and magnesium

  • Triple the fiber content of wheat

  • Gluten free and safe for those with Celiac disease

  • Technically is a pseudo-grain

  • Only known grain to contain Vitamin C

  • Looks a lot like quinoa when raw and like cream of wheat when cooked. Check out this post for a comparison picture.

To prepare amaranth porridge:

  1. Rinse amaranth in mesh strainer.
  2. Combine one part amaranth to 6 parts water (eg. 1 cup amaranth and 6 cups water or broth).
  3. Boil for 15 - 20 minutes and then fluff.

Amaranth can also be popped like popcorn:

  1. Heat a pan over high heat.
  2. Add 1 - 2 Tbsp amaranth (no more than this because it burns easily).
  3. Stir continuously until the grain is popped and remove from the pan.
  4. Season as you would popcorn or drizzle with honey for a sweet treat.


For more on amaranth check out these sources/resources:
Ancient Grains: Unlock the Powerful Potential of Ancient Grains and Transform Your Diet and Health Today by Jessica Campbell

Don't forget that health happens at home,

Erin Marie

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Posted on December 30, 2016 and filed under Nutrition Nibbles.