Why Amaranth is a Powerhouse Food

You may have heard of this ancient grain over the years, but chances are you haven’t incorporated it into your meal rotation. If this is the case for you, you have been missing out on this nutrient-packed and versatile grain. Sure, rice and quinoa deserve a spot in your meal rotation, too, but it’s time you add amaranth into the mix. Read on to learn more about why amaranth is a nutritional powerhouse and how you can incorporate this grain into more of your meals, snacks, and even baking.

Amaranth is nutrient packed

Amaranth is a naturally gluten-free grain, making it a great carbohydrate option for those with gluten sensitivities and allergies. Two of the nutrients that stand out in amaranth are fiber and protein. While all grains are a dense source of carbohydrate, fiber and protein content vary greatly. Both are these nutrients are known for increasing satiety. While fiber aids in digestive regularity and can improve blood cholesterol, protein is important for muscle recovery, growth, and maintenance. Additionally, amaranth contains a variety of minerals, like iron, phosphorus, and magnesium. These minerals are all essential to many different systems in the body.

How to use amaranth

One of the great features of amaranth is its versatility. You can cook it in boiling water, like any other grain, and enjoy it as a side dish to a savory meal. Or you can use it as an alternative to oatmeal and top with your favorite fruit and nuts. Also consider adding cooked amaranth as a salad topping or into your favorite soup. Ground amaranth can also be used as a gluten free flour option in your favorite baked goods. Enjoying amaranth cereal for breakfast is an easy way to reap the nutritional benefits of this grain. With a nutty, earthy flavor, amaranth flour is best when used as part of a gluten free flour mix in your next batch of cookies, pancakes, bread, and more.

With a variety of ways to enjoy, sweet and savory, amaranth deserve a spot in your pantry. While the versatility is great, amaranth is also packed with essential nutrients not commonly found in some other grains, and can add valuable protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals to your next meal.

Try this amaranth recipe:

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About Melissa Rifkin

Melissa is a Connecticut-based Registered Dietitian with over 16 years of experience in the field. She loves sharing educational nutrition content on her Instagram and with her readers. As a busy mom, Melissa hopes to empower individuals to make health-conscious choices that can be stress-free for the whole family.

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