Great Grains, Adding Variety to Your DietPosted by Guarantee Green Team on August 8th, 2012
Barley was one of the first grains to be domesticated and cultivated by humans. It’s very similar to wheat, and is a great way to introduce new grains to finicky eaters. With twice as many fatty acids and about 40% more fiber than wheat, barley’s higher calorie content is worth the added nutritional bonus. Barley comes in many forms, and is usually served with soups or stews. Here is a delicious barley casserole recipe that the whole family will love.
Quinoa has seen a huge burst in popularity over the past few years, from an ancient grain to a staple food of the health food world. Actually a fruit and not a grain, quinoa grows best as high altitudes. Gluten free and highly nutritious, quinoa makes a great alternative for anyone with sensitivities to wheat. With nearly double the protein content as rice, quinoa is a delicious addition to lunch or dinner. Here’s a great collection of quinoa recipes for any type of meal.
Spelt flour is a very popular alternative to wheat flour, and spelt breads, pastas and desserts are easily found in health food stores. With nearly 15 – 20% more protein than regular wheat, spelt makes an amazing addition to a meal. Spelt is very easily absorbed into the body, and therefore it take only a minimum amount of digestive effort to gain the large nutritional benefits that it offers. Here’s a light and fluffy spelt salad recipe which got me hooked on spelt for life.
Adding variety to your diet doesn’t just make eating fun, but it also ensures a well rounded diet.