Amaranth

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Cheese grits are one of the great southern comfort foods. Naturally, we’re putting a whole-grain twist on this creamy, dreamy classic....

Chai Spiced Amaranth Porridge

Amaranth has a peppery flavor that works beautifully with warming chai spices. Caramelized bananas add a decadent, yet simple touch....

Aztec Amaranth Cocoa Porridge

Amaranth has a peppery flavor that perks up this Aztec inspired, spiced cocoa porridge....

Amaranth with Peppers and Cabbage

This Latin American Heritage dish is a delicious way to utlize cabbage, one of our favorite winter vegetables. The mild heat from the poblano peppers perfectly complements the peppery amaranth grains, but feel free to substitute bell peppers if you prefer.

Popped Amaranth Can Improve Blood Vessels and Cholesterol

Amaranth is a tiny grain that is often eaten popped, like popcorn, and is thought to have cholesterol lowering properties. To study this cholesterol lowering process, researchers in New Zealand fed 27 rabbits a high cholesterol diet or standard diet, and then gave some of the rabbits in the high cholesterol group popped amaranth. The scientists found that eating amaranth restored endothelial function (blood vessel health) to “nearly normal” during the 21-day recovery, and also substantially lowered total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.  
Food & Function. 2014 Nov 19;5(12):3281-6. (Caselato-Sousa V M et al.).

Sprouting Amaranth Can Increase Antioxidants

In a study in Mexico, researchers sprouted amaranth at different conditions to see which would maximize antioxidant activity. The scientists found that sprouting was able to increase antioxidant activity (300-470%), total phenolic content (829%), and flavonoid content (213%), and that the ideal time and temperature for sprouting amaranth was 30 degrees C for 78 hours. Additionally, protein and fiber content also showed increases from sprouting.
Plant Foods For Human Nutrition. 2014 Sep;69(3):196-202 (Perales-Sanchez JX et al.)

Brown Rice Pasta Mushroom Casserole

This hearty gluten-free vegan meal is loaded with all kinds of mushrooms and layers of fabulous flavors.  The ideal comfort food for a chilly night!

Health Through Heritage with Whole Grains in India

Scientists at Columbia University and Stanford collaborated to reflect on the association between rapidly rising rates of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in India, and the adoption of refined carbohydrates – especially white rice and white flour – in that country. They advocated re-introduction of whole grains commonly consumed before 1950, including amaranth, barley, brown rice, millet, and sorghum, as a way to stem chronic disease in culturally-sensitive ways.
Nutrition Reviews, August 2011; 69(8):479-488

Amaranth Offers Advantages for Gluten Free Baking

Many gluten-free products are low in nutrients, and offer technological challenges to food processors. Scientists at the Research Center for Food and Development in Hermosillo, Mexico, experimented with amaranth, a food with a long culinary tradition in Mexico. They found that bread formulation with 60-70% popped amaranth flour and 30-40% raw amaranth flour produced loaves with an even crumb and higher volume than most gluten-free breads, and that cookies formulated with 20% popped amaranth flour and 13% whole grain popped amaranth also worked out well. Both foods offered acceptible dough functionality without some of the additives often needed in GF foods, and the final foods had a very high nutritional value.
Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, August 24, 2010 [Epub ahead of print]

Amaranth Ginger Muffins

The spicy bite of crystallized ginger pairs perfectly with the faintly peppery taste of amaranth in these gluten-free muffins. For the best results when making gluten-free breads and muffins, start with a blend of flours and starches like the mix of amaranth flour, potato starch, and...

Amaranth and Pumpkin Seeds

Here is a crunchy topping made by popping amaranth and tossing it with pumpkin seeds and spices. It’s great scattered on stews and green salads. Choose a heavy-bottomed pot about 4 inches deep to prevent the popping amaranth from going AWOL.

Amaranth Banana Bread

This rich, dense, wholesome quickbread is delicious for breakfast and makes a wonderful snack any time of the day. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover cooked amaranth – and those slightly too-ripe bananas!

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