Today I wanted to share with you the health benefits whole grains! In the nutrition world, grain-free diets are becoming popular and I know this can cause some confusion.
As a preface to this blog post, I believe a grain-free diet can be great to help with certain health conditions. For instance, research shows that following a grain-free diet can be helpful for auto-immune conditions, specifically Hashimotos or Crohn’s/Colitis. However, this blog is meant to focus on overall, general health and for those who want to learn simple ways to include healthy, nutrient-dense food into their daily life. If you are looking for individualized nutrition support please book an appointment!
Generally speaking, whole grains are a great complex carbohydrate and a wonderful source of fibre. Complex carbohydrates can help to improve energy levels, digestion and the nervous system. There are so many healthy grains out there, and most people only know a few (think: rice + quinoa). Below is a download for a Grain Guide, with some information on various whole grains + how to cook with them. Hopefully this makes things a bit easier for you and encourages you to try some new grains! :)
Now for a recipe!
AMARANTH OAT PORRIDGE
1/4 cup oats (quick cooking)
1/4 cup amaranth
1.5 cup water
Toppings: Whatever you like! This time I added coconut flakes, walnuts, sliced apple, sliced banana, chia seeds, flaxseeds and maple syrup.
1. Add the amaranth into a pot with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for approx. 15 minutes.
2. Add the oats after 15 minutes, and cook together until water is evaporated (approx. 10 minutes). Check and stir consistently. If you would like the porridge more creamy, add more water.
3. Take off heat and top with toppings of choice!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and guide. Let me know your favourite grains in the comments below or if you try this recipe!