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10 Ancient Grains You Need in Your Life

Ancient grains are the kind of healthy carbohydrates you want in your life.
10 Ancient Grains You Need in Your Life
10 Ancient Grains You Need in Your Life
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High in nutrients like protein and fiber, these grains not only fill you up but keep your energy up throughout your day. Ancient grains can give your kitchen bountiful options to explore while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Barley

SALADHEALTHY

Sesame Chicken Butternut Barley Salad

Berry Sweet Life

Barley is a grain which contains many of the same healthy vitamins as other whole grains, but with the advantage of higher fiber content. It's also rich in vitamins that help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Quinoa

HEALTHYBRUNCH

Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

Healthy Laura

Quinoa is a well known pseudo grain which is believed to increase strength and stamina. It's a complete protein, a good source of dietary fiber and has the highest potassium count of all the whole grains. Not only is it healthy, but it also cooks in about fifteen minutes!

Spelt

BREAKFASTDESSERT

No Knead Spelt Hot Cross Buns

Gather & Feast

Spelt was first grown in Europe and has been a key part of European diet for centuries. It's a great source of fiber, protein, B vitamins and minerals like manganese. Spelt has a nutty flavor and is commonly used as flour in many recipes.

Bulgur

SALADHEALTHY

Bulgur Salad with Feta and Pomegranate

Live Eat Learn

Bulgur is made from wheat and has more fiber than quinoa, oats, millet buckwheat or even corn. It's often pre-cooked and dried, and so cooks almost as fast as pasta. Its mild flavor and quick cooking time made it perfect for those just starting to explore cooking with grains.

Farro

SALADHEALTHY

Roasted Vegetables and Farro Salad

The Crooked Carrot

Farro is the oldest cultivated grain in the world and is a traditional food in the Mediterranean. Rich in fiber, iron and protein, farro is now being used in gourmet specialty dishes around the world.

Sorghum

SALADSIDE DISH

Sorghum Pilaf with Lentils, Feta & Grapes

Fool Proof Living

Sorghum is grown all over the world and ranks fifth in global cereal production. It's a gluten-free grain, rich in B vitamins, iron, manganese and fiber. It is very popular as a gluten-free alternative to wheat flour with its smooth texture and mild flavor.

Buckwheat

BREAKFASTVEGAN

Overnight Coconut Buckwheat Porridge

Fool Proof Living

Buckwheat is a nutrient-packed, gluten-free seed filled with protein, fiber and antioxidants. Often called a “superfood,” buckwheat supports heart health, and can prevent diabetes and digestive disorders.

Wheat Berries

SALADHEALTHY

Green Cauliflower and Wheat Berry Salad

Lemons and Basil

Wheat Berries are whole wheat kernels and are filled with fiber, protein, iron and vitamin E. It promotes healthy bones and muscles and can be ground up into whole wheat flour.

Wild Rice

LUNCHSIDE DISH

Sausage and Mushroom Wild Rice

Candid Appetite

Wild Rice is an ancient grain that grows in the waters of North America. The recent gluten-free trend presents an opportunity for wild rice to showcase its healthy nutrients. A good source of dietary fiber, wild rice has almost double the protein in regular white rice as well as fifteen times the antioxidants.

Chia Seeds

HEALTHYBREAKFAST

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

The Pure Life

Chia Seeds date back to the time of the Aztecs - to them, chia meant “strength” and was commonly used in medicine. Today chia seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, and calcium and are packed with antioxidants promoting good health. They help in weight loss, prevent diabetes and heart disease, and promote energy.

With all those health benefits, no wonder ancient grains are making a comeback. Search SideChef for ways to incorporate these healthy ancient grains into your own homemade recipes.

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