Life Beyond Wheat: Try the New Super Grains, from Quinoa to Kamut

Grains are great for our health, providing our bodies with fiber, vitamins and minerals. But if you limit yourself to wheat and rice, you’re overlooking what I call “super grains.” These grains provide a source of protein, making them superb choices for those following a vegan or vegetarian diet. Ready to experience the wonderful world of grains? Try these options:

Buckwheat is a versatile gluten-free grain that’s often enjoyed in porridge or prepared as a side dish. Give it a try!
  • Quinoa makes a brilliant breakfast when you use Ancient  Harvest Organic Quinoa Flakes. It’s also a scrumptious side dish at dinner time, quick to cook and chewy in substance. With nine grams of protein per cup, quinoa also serves as a substitute for rice. In addition, you can enjoy this gluten-free grain in pasta, such as Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa Pasta Rotelle.
  • We get a kick out of kamut. Perfect for a summer  breakfast, the big puffy grains in Arrowhead Mills Organic Puffed Kamut  Cereal are crunchy even when floating in a sea of White Wave Silk ® Very  Vanilla All Natural Soymilk.  You can also use kamut flour in cooking to benefit from the higher protein  content, such as Bob’s Red Mill Kamut ® Flour.
  • When it comes to filling up, not out, with food,  amaranth wins for having seven grams of fiber per serving! With seven  grams of protein as well, this ancient grain makes a great addition to  every meal. Try Bob’s Red Mill Organic Amaranth Flour in your favorite bread recipes, or enjoy Arrowhead Mills Organic Amaranth Flakes for a tasty breakfast topped with plain Greek yogurt sprinkled with cinnamon.
  • Are you on a gluten-free diet and want the  satisfying crrrrunch of crackers? We’ve got the answer with Orgran Toasted  Buckwheat Crispibread! These gluten-free, vegan crackers contain just 44 calories per serving. They’re fabulous spread with almond butter for a snack, such as MaraNatha Natural Cashew Butter.
  • OMG oatmeal! Oats qualify as one of the most  versatile grains, ideal for purposes ranging from baking to breakfast.  Treat yourself to afternoon tea with Back to Nature Oat Graham Crackers with Honey.  For a sweet start to your day, enjoy Nature’s Path Organic Instant Hot  Oatmeal Maple Nut. And if you’re on a diet, you can benefit from the delights of Dukan Diet Oat Bran Muffin Mix in flavors like vanilla and  chocolate.
  • A newly discovered grain, teff is high in protein  and terrific for breakfast. We recommend the purity of Bob’s Red Mill  Whole Grain Teff.

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com,Natural Healthmagazine,Shapemagazine,Successmagazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site,Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

About Diet Diva

Joanne Eglash, Vitacost.com’s Diet Diva, has a master of science in holistic nutrition and more than 15 years experience as a nutrition consultant, blogger, author and journalist. She has written for a wide range of publications and websites, including ediets.com, Natural Health magazine, Shape magazine, Success magazine, Energy for Women and Chefs. Joanne is currently the national Diets columnist for the online news and entertainment site, Examiner.com, and a features food columnist for Yahoo.

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One comment on “Life Beyond Wheat: Try the New Super Grains, from Quinoa to Kamut

  1. Thank you for including KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat in your post about alternative grains.

    KAMUT® Brand khorasan is an organic, non-genetically modified, ancient wheat variety similar to durum. In 1990, “KAMUT” was registered as a trademark by the Quinn family in order to support organic farming and preserve the ancient khorsasan wheat variety. Under the KAMUT® Brand name, khorasan wheat must always be grown organically, never be hybridized or modified, and contain high levels of purity and nutrition. Today, Kamut International owns and has registered the KAMUT® trademark in over 40 countries, and is responsible for protection and marketing of all KAMUT® Brand khorasan wheat throughout the world.

    KAMUT® wheat is grown on dryland certified organic farms primarily in Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The grain is prized by consumers who appreciate the grain for its high energy nutrition, easy digestibility, nutty/buttery taste, and firm texture. KAMUT® khorasan wheat is higher in protein, selenium, amino acids, and Vitamin E than most modern wheat and contains essential minerals such as magnesium and zinc. It is used as whole grain berries, whole grain flour, white flour, flakes, and puffs to make a variety of products. Some specific benefits of using KAMUT® khorasan are receiving more nutrients, protein, and taste than most commonly consumed whole wheat – plus supporting organic agriculture and helping to preserve an ancient grain.

    KAMUT® khorasan is a variety of wheat thus has gluten content. A lot of people who are not able to tolerate wheat tell us that they are able to tolerate KAMUT® khorasan wheat. KI has ongoing research to understand why – it is our theory that because KAMUT® khorasan is an ancient grain, it retains the qualities that made it desirable so many years ago.

    Please visit the website http://www.kamut.com for more information about the grain, to search for products, and to find recipes.

    My kind regards – Jamie

    Jamie Ryan Lockman | Regional Director – North America
    Kamut International, Ltd.
    P.O. Box 4903 | Missoula, MT 59806 | USA
    406.251.9418 phone | 406.251.9420 fax
    jamie.lockman@kamut.com | http://www.kamut.com

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