Posts Tagged ‘ancient grains’

Great Grains: Barley

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We all know that whole grains are an important part of a well-balanced diet; full of protein, vitamins and minerals, fibre and antioxidants, a diet that includes whole grains can help reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. Getting whole grains in your diet is easy, as there are numerous multi-grain breads on our shelves to choose from. Starting off the day with a bowl of whole grain cereal like oatmeal or Red River Cereal is a great start.

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Ancient Grains: Amaranth

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Amaranth is one of nature’s best kept secrets. An ancient grain that possesses all eight essential amino acids and one of the highest levels of protein of any grain (although technically the tiny little beads typically referred to as amaranth are the seed of the amaranth plant, not an actual grain). The tiny seeds are also an excellent source of iron, with a serving of only 3 tablespoons providing 25% of your RDA of iron. A good source of fibre and calcium, this toothsome little grain is also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C. It’s free of trans fat, gluten, cholesterol and vegan to boot!

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Diversify Your Plate

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A tractor sits in a field of mustard, this will be tilled under to nurture the soil and control pests. Just one step of many to get the dirt ready for wheat planting.

 

Having just read Chef Dan Barber’s excellent article in the New York Times about the Farm to Table movement, my eyes have been opened to the way farmers actually work. They don’t just grow one delicious grain, harvest it, sell it to a baker and a lovely loaf lands on the shelf for you to buy. Of course they do do that but before they can grow that one grain that the fickle market has deemed delicious they must prepare the soil. Barber talks about the farmer planting mustard, tilling that under, then planting cowpeas to bring nitrogen to the soil, then a plant of rye or oats, until finally the field is ready for the superstar grain, in this case emmer wheat (or farro).  Continue »