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Breakfast of Champions… amaranth porridge

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Breakfast, Recipes | No Comments

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If you’ve never heard of amaranth, don’t worry. It’s not very well known. I just learned that it was actually a forbidden grain for 300 years or so, during the Spanish conquest.

And it’s not even a grain. Did you know that amaranth, like quinoa, is a seed? It looks like a teeny tiny version of quinoa, and has a mild corn taste.

As a sidenote, I actually first tried amaranth in Mexico, where it was popped and used as the base of an amazing granola. I became obsessed with it when I got home, and, unable to find any already-popped amaranth, tried on several occasions to pop it at home. I would warn you against this – amaranth grains are teeny tiny (like the head of a pin). Try popping that! I’ve recently discovered already popped amaranth at some health food stores, and my popped amaranth consumption has become 1000x easier.

Here are a few reasons to try amaranth:

  • It’s higher in protein. Because it’s a seed, amaranth is higher in amino acids than grains, and thus provides more protein per serving. Perfect for breakfast, when your body needs a good dose of protein.
  • It’s nutrient rich. Amaranth is high in calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc and fibre. Don’t we love all these things? YES.
  • It’s versatile. It can be popped and made into granola, popped amaranth krispies (like rice krispie squares) or sprinkled on grain dishes. When cooked like oatmeal, amaranth takes on a porridge-like consistency. It reminds me of cream of wheat (which I actually liked as a child… weird?)
  • And it’s especially amazing with fresh summer fruit. Amaranth and fresh strawberries are like a match made in heaven. With strawberries near the end of their early summer run, grab some asap and try making amaranth porridge this weekend.
Amaranth Porridge
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup amaranth, rinsed
  2. 2/3 cup water
  3. ½ cup strawberries, sliced
  4. 1/3 cup almond milk
  5. 1 tbsp ground flax
  6. 1 small handful sunflower seeds, walnuts…
Instructions
  1. Put amaranth and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down heat to lowest setting and cover for around 20 minutes. Periodically add more water if needed.
  2. When amaranth is soft and porridge-like, pour into a bowl and top with berries, almond milk, flax seeds, nuts and, optionally, some cranberries.
Notes
  1. healthydelicious.ca
Healthy Delicious Toronto Nutrition http://healthydelicious.ca/v2/

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