Amaranth is a useful plant for everyone. Due to its unique composition. But it is especially worth highlighting a large amount of high-quality vegetable protein. Due to which amaranth becomes an important element in the daily diet of men. About this writes the American edition of Men’s Journal.
Up to 18% protein!
Amaranth plant was one of the main sources of nutrition during the Aztec empire. And, as researchers and archeologists believe, the plant has special properties that gave the Indians additional strength.
When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico in the early 1500s, the amaranth was almost completely destroyed. And the plant itself has ceased to breed on such a large scale to ensure the needs of all comers.
Only in the 1970s in the United States began to use amaranth. Gradually, more and more people learned about its high nutritional value and the plant became popular. Today, amaranth include more and more Americans in their diet.
It is noteworthy that almost all parts of the plant can be used as food:
- amaranth green has a slightly sweet taste and can be used in the preparation of salads and other dishes;
- seeds are used as croup;
- seeds can also be ground into flour and used to make bread or other baked goods.
Amaranth seeds are often called “pseudo grain”, because they are not real grains. They are brown or light brown in size, the size of poppy seeds and have a slightly nutty flavor.
“Amaranth seeds are considered a complete protein,” said Ruth Frechman, a spokesman for Burbank, a member of the American Dietetic Association. They have a fair share of all nine essential amino acids. (Peanut butter is not a complete protein, so you need to spread it on whole wheat bread to get all nine amino acids.)
“Seeds contain between 15 and 18 percent protein, while other grains usually contain between 8 and 15 percent protein,” explains Frechman. Amaranth also has a high fiber content and contains calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C. Its high nutrient content makes it effective against cancer and heart disease.
Today, greens, amaranth leaves, seeds, and flour are sold at most health food stores and some large grocery chains. Amaranth plant leaves are very similar to spinach. They are best consumed when the plant is young and tender.
Since warm humid environments can cause the natural oils in amaranth seeds to become rancid, they should be stored in an airtight container in a refrigerator.
Seeds should be used within 3-6 months after purchase. Store flour in an airtight container and in a dry place or freeze in a freezer.
Simple amaranth recipes that every man can handle
We offer you a few simple recipes for cooking amaranth. Every man will cope with them, even the one who has never cooked in his life. Amaranth popcorn
Amaranth Original Popcorn
Amaranth seeds are poured into a dry frying pan and put on a fire of medium intensity. Over time, they will start to explode like popcorn. This reaction is due to the fact that the seeds are too dense a crust, and therefore the moisture from them does not evaporate, but boils inside. Which leads to an explosion of seeds.
After receiving the popcorn, you can pour it with molasses, syrup or yogurt. It will turn out either an original dessert, or a tasty and healthy breakfast.
Also amaranth popcorn goes well with salads. It perfectly complements the soups, toasts.
Amaranth leaves – a storehouse of nutrients. They contain large quantities:
- vitamin A;
- vitamin C;
And in one cup of cooked green leaves of amaranth – more than 130 milligrams of calcium. It is even more than cabbage!
In addition, amaranth leaves are low in calories. In one cup of leaves – no more than 30 calories.
Cooking leaves is simple:
- cook in soup;
- fry in a pan;
- or just steaming on a steam bath.
Instead of rice
Amaranth is an excellent alternative to the usual rice. Try it in soups or as a side dish.
To prepare amaranth seeds, boil one cup of 2.5 cups of liquid (such as water or vegetable broth) for 18–20 minutes, until the seeds are soft.
This is probably not quite masculine dishes, but it is easy to cook a variety of desserts from seeds. We will not give exact recipes within the framework of this article – you will easily find them on our website.
Amaranth seeds can either be added to the recipe for desserts, or sprinkle them with ready-made dishes. Or add to smoothies, cocktails.
Amaranth flour can be added to any baking recipe, but it needs to be mixed with other flour to bake yeast bread, because it does not contain gluten. Simply use one portion of amaranth flour in four portions of regular flour. To bake whole wheat bread, which is a complete protein, replace 25 percent of the wheat flour with amaranth flour.
Also amaranth flour is great for making any cookies, buns and other similar dishes.