Supporters of healthy eating and all those who plan to observe Lent, these days especially pay attention to products that help cleanse the body and contribute to the normalization of the activities of all organs and systems. Therefore, the appeal to amaranth is quite natural. In addition, with it you can get a good charge of vivacity, support for the renewal of physical and spiritual strength.
The benefits of science
We are talking about those components, thanks to which amaranth is considered a plant that can give a healthy and long life. It’s not in vain that our distant ancestors endowed it with a name, which in translation means “denying death”. Evidence of the enormous potential of amaranth can be considered the composition of this plant. First, we note that 100 grams of amaranth grain, for example, contains 371 kcal.
It is easy to make sure that amaranth is very rich in proteins (13.56 g per 100 g of amaranth), but here they are more digestible than other seeds and grains. 100 g of amaranth grain also contains:
• fats (7.02 g);
• carbohydrates (58.55 g);
• fiber (6.7 g);
• beta carotene (0.001 mg);
• thiamine (0.116 mg);
• riboflavin (0.2 mg);
• Pantothenic acid (1.457 mg);
• pyridoxine (0.591 mg);
• folic acid (82 µg).
The composition of amaranth found many vitamins, including C, E, PP, necessary to maintain the correct mineral balance in the body. It also contains micro and macro elements: calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium.
Each representative of the composition of the plant is of great value, and many know what importance is attached to vitamins, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus. But in addition to these and other known components in the amaranth there are equally important components – polyunsaturated fatty acids (Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-9), as well as squalene, which provides the body with a large amount of oxygen and prevents the formation of blood clots. Therefore, the value of amaranth is not lost over time, but only increases.
Amaranth Lenten Meals
It is recommended to include in the diet a few dishes that will give strength after the winter, will help fight against beriberi and diseases. For their preparation, take grain (99% purification) and amaranth flour.
The ability of amaranth to combine with a variety of products, which are also considered popular with all those who seek to establish a healthy diet, will help to make the menu more diverse.
Amaranth can be included in the diet, along with any cereals and cereals, greens, citrus, fruits and berries. It should be borne in mind that the diet should not be more than 1 cup of amaranth per day.
Simple porridge from amaranth
For its preparation, we need:
• a glass of amaranth grains;
• teaspoon of cinnamon;
• salt to taste.
We put amaranth grains in a saucepan, fill it with water (1: 2 ratio) and set it on fire. When the water boils, reduce the heat, and cook for 20 minutes, until the grain fully absorbs the water. After that, turn off everything, add cinnamon, stir. This dish can be varied by adding prunes or nuts.
Amaranth grain cutlets
There are several recipes for this dish. Choose the simplest of them. We will need:
• roasted amaranth grain – 50 g;
• finely grated carrot – 30 g;
• boiled pea puree – 30 g;
• mashed boiled potatoes – 20 g;
• salt to taste.
We mix all the ingredients, form patties, roll in breadcrumbs and fry in ordinary vegetable oil (not amaranth). This dish can be made easier and not at all use vegetable oil and breadcrumbs. To do this, spread the prepared patties on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 150 degrees. Cutlets are recommended to bake from two sides – 15 minutes each.
Italian salad sauce
This will be a good addition to your favorite fast food. So, we need:
• amaranth seeds – 5 tablespoons;
• water – 2 glasses;
• wine vinegar – 1/3 cup;
• soy sauce – 2 teaspoons;
• garlic – 2 slices;
• red pepper – 1/2 tsp;
• basil leaves – 100 g;
• salt to taste.
Amaranth seeds pour water, boil, and boil for 20 minutes until a thick mass is formed, then turn it off and let cool. The resulting mass is wiped through a sieve and add the remaining components. This sauce is served chilled.
Amaranth oatmeal bread
This product is necessary for those who monitor their health, and for those who observe fasting. To make healthy and healthy bread, we need:
• oatmeal – 1 cup;
• amaranth flour – 1 cup;
• wheat flour – 4 glasses;
• boiling water – 250 ml;
• lukewarm water – 1/4 cup;
• salt – 2 teaspoons;
• sugar – 1/4 cup;
• dry yeast – 1 pack.
Dissolve sugar in hot water, mix flour with it (without wheat) and set to cool the mixture. While it cools, we breed yeast in warm water. Then mix the flour and diluted yeast, add wheat flour and knead. The dough will be ready when it stops sticking to the hands. We form two rolls, spread on a prepared baking sheet and leave to the dough to fit. It should increase in volume by 2 times. Now it is necessary to “lower” it, and then let it rise again to a double increase in volume, and only after that the bread can be sent to a well-heated oven. Bake it at a moderate temperature – about 200 degrees. Baking time – 50-60 minutes.
We agree that it is difficult to do without not being pampered with something unusual, but lean and useful. In our case, you will need:
• 3 parts of seeds or nuts;
• 2 parts of amaranth flour of 1 grade;
• 1 part water;
• 1 part vegetable oil;
• 3 parts sugar;
Fry the seeds or nuts and grind to a state of flour, Fry the flour. Sugar mix with water, bring to a boil, and then remove from heat. In the syrup send vegetable oil and vanilla. Then add a mixture of flour and seeds, and again mix everything thoroughly. The resulting mass is spread on the oiled parchment and sent to the refrigerator.