Firstly, I wish to answer the question most of you will ask yourselves – what exactly is amaranth? Amaranth, having been cultivated for over 8000 years, is an ancient grain that has been used as an integral part of Aztec religious ceremonies. It is very rich in fiber, calcium, protein, iron, vitamins, amino acids… AND is gluten-free! Because of this nutritional composition, it helps our bodies with bad cholesterol, hypertension and lowers the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It also prevents anemia, strengthens the immune system, and long-term use will rejuvenate the whole body.
“So how is it that only now am I hearing about it?!” was my first reaction, too. I personally first heard of amaranth accidentally, as they were talking about it on Dr. Oz (link bellow). They spent a good part of the episode emphasizing amaranths beneficial effects for our body, so, naturally, they made me curious about trying it. I haven’t regretted still!
Although you can combine amaranth with vegetables, add it to soups, make energy bars or other delicious things out of it; my love for breakfast overcame all, so I’ve decided to make a tasty porridge out of it.
Ingredients for Amaranth porridge for 1 person:
1 cup of amaranth
3 cups of water
some rice milk
Combine amaranth and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Boil it, then reduce the heat and cover. Simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom! When it gets porridge-like texture, you’ll now it is cooked properly. Before turning off the fire, add a little milk and sweeten to taste. Put the mixture into a bowl and top with anything your heart wants! In my case, it was maple syrup, banana, cinnamon and some peanut butter 🙂.
For Dr. Oz about amaranth, click here.