We’ve mentioned before how cool amaranth is.
But why, exactly? Here’s the answer:
It’s all-natural and very nutritious, providing calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc, and vitamins A and E, and more. It’s also a complete protein, meaning it has a well- balanced amino acid profile, having the highest lysine content of all the grains, which is low in the cereal grains. Amaranth is also a a great source of good fatty acids such as Omega 3s. Amaranth owes its health properties as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant to the phytochemicals found in its composition. Amaranth is so light that it melts in your mouth, it´s very low in saturated fat and it´s only 60 calories per serving! We could keep going, but you get the idea.
And if you are as environmentally conscious as we are, you would love to know that Amaranth is a highly sustainable crop. It strives with little water, grows fast, and tolerates adverse conditions, with a big seed yield, and the seeds can retain their properties for over 40 years. The leaves are eaten as a vegetable and the seeds are used as cereals. For all these reasons, amaranth was selected by NASA to feed astronauts and it was described as a crop CELSS (Controlled Ecological Life Support System.) So, you don´t have to be an astronaut or go to space to enjoy the delicious taste and benefits of Amaranth.
And because Amaranth is so versatile, you can use it for everything you could think of: Sprinkle it on fruit, smoothies, shakes, cereal, salads, and casseroles. Mix it into cake, pancake, or waffle batter, or even into meatballs. It’s an excellent substitute for breadcrumbs, croutons, and crackers, and for breading your fish, chicken, and more. Add it to soups, vegetables, and salad dressings. Mix with your favorite dried berries, fruits, and nuts to make your own granola, energy bars, trail bites, and more. You can also enjoy it by itself, as a healthy snack. Grab a spoonful and let it melt in your mouth. The possibilities are endless!