Amaranth porridge is needed to replenish energy and strength to solve all the tasks outlined. Such and similar in meaning statements can be seen in reviews regarding amaranth products, on forums on the properties of gluten-free cereals, on medical resources. Many tips have been published on the use of amaranth processing products to enhance health and even for medicinal purposes. Users are also willing to share recipes for cooking based on amaranth grain.
Amaranth as the basis of healthy porridge
The diet of a person who seeks to improve health, lose weight, achieve success in sports should contain only products that contribute to this, and among them – amaranth grain. Such recommendations are made by many foreign doctors, and among prominent specialists – Josh Ax, doctor of natural medicine, chiropractor and clinical nutritionist, founder of the functional medicine center in Nashville, Tennessee, consultant to many professional athletes, one of the doctors of the American Olympic team. But in his field of vision – not only athletes. In particular, in the clinic Dr. Josh Ax many consultations are held on how to establish the hormonal background in the female and male body, the work of the thyroid gland and adrenal glands. Experts advise to eliminate violations with the help, first of all, of products containing omega 9 fatty acids, and amaranth is one of the first in this list. It is also recommended the consumption of products containing omega 3 fatty acids, linolenic acid, which amaranth and its seeds are also rich in.
Amaranth grain in its composition is recognized as a leader among other crops in terms of the number of nutrients.
One hundred grams of amaranth seeds contain a third of the required daily amount of fiber. The hard fibers that make it up provide mechanical cleansing of the intestines and stomach, promote the elimination of toxins, massage the tissues of the digestive organs, and improve blood flow. This increases the efficiency of the digestive tract.
Potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese and zinc, which are part of the seeds, improve the functioning of body systems. These substances contribute to the improvement of the digestive, cardiovascular, endocrine, nervous and genitourinary systems, as well as bones and skeleton.
Amaranth grain contains a record amount of squalene, which provides oxygen saturation of the body cells, which stimulates their growth, development and metabolism.
According to the results of studies and observations, porridge prepared on the basis of amaranth grain helps in dietary nutrition, as it quickly saturates, but at the same time, the person does not overeat. In addition, one of the results of consumption of amaranth porridge is the improvement of lipid metabolism (processing of fats).
According to many supporters of a healthy diet and amaranth, porridge made from organic polished amaranth groats is much lighter than porridge from amaranth seeds. The second product is manufactured by the Ukrainian company Amaranth and is better known under the brand name Shvedov. Porridge from amaranth groats is easier to digest and at the same time gives:
- prolonged feeling of fullness;
- healthy development of bone and cartilage;
- slow glucose intake into the blood due to the action of complex carbohydrates;
- normalization of acid-base balance;
- increase stress resistance.
In addition, amaranth groats contains a large amount of protein, which most fully corresponds to the ideal formula. The composition also includes: vitamin E, molybdenum, chromium, copper, iodine, phospholipids. Such cereal has not only high nutritional value: the energy value of the product is 359 kcal or 1526 kJ per 100 g.
Porridge based on amaranth groats is useful for obesity, diabetes, loss of strength, neurosis, anemia, hemorrhoids, peptic ulcer, stomatitis, burns, atherosclerosis. According to doctors, amaranth porridge in the regular human diet has a preventive effect against cancer, weakening of memory and attention.
The best recipes for amaranth porridge according to users
The most useful and easy amaranth porridge, according to many, is the one for the preparation of which organic cereal was taken. There is a minimum of ingredients for it.
Porridge with herbs and cheese
You will need:
- 5 glasses of water;
- 1 cup amaranth groats;
- Chees Feta;
- Italian herbs.
Bring the water in the pan to a boil. Then add the amaranth groats and cook under the lid until the water begins to be absorbed. Porridge is ready, if it has become consistency like semolina. Dice cheese, greens, then salt everything, add Italian herbs.
If you want the porridge to become friable, you need to fry it in a pan, gradually adding water.
- 1 cup of amaranth seeds washed in a sieve;
- 1 crushed clove of garlic;
- 1 medium-sized finely chopped onion;
- 3 glasses of water / vegetable broth;
- salt / soy sauce to taste;
- spicy sauce;
- 2 medium tomatoes for garnish.
We mix the broth, seeds, onions and garlic in a pan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes. Finished grains become soft, but slightly crackle. With a large amount of water, you need to boil so much that it boils away. After this, the porridge can be removed, seasoned with sauces and served with a side dish of chopped tomatoes.
Those who don’t like onions and garlic in porridge can cook classic porridge. In this case, 400-450 ml of water will be needed for 1 cup of amaranth seeds. The cereal is immediately poured into the water, and after it boils, it remains on low heat for 20-25 minutes.
Porridge “Amaranth plus nuts and fruits”
Here, several types of grain are used that complement each other, and amaranth grain in a dish neutralizes undesirable reactions of other components. Offering this recipe, his supporter compares amaranth and porridge from his seeds with similar dishes of oatmeal and quinoa. In any case, according to the author, it is better to use grain rather than cereal. But when using only oats, this recommendation does not help with a tendency to gluten allergy. Dishes from it should be limited to people suffering from celiac disease, although the presence of gluten or its absence is not fully proven. Amaranth and quinoa are gluten free and both have a high protein content. But amaranth contains 9 grams of it in one portion prepared, and quinoa – 8 grams. In addition, amaranth contains twice as much iron (5 mg per serving). The unusual, like beetroot, aroma of amaranth in dishes goes well with the aromas of corn, sesame, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate. In the finished porridge, you can add honey or maple syrup, fruits, nuts and good rustic oil.
The main ingredients:
- 1 cup amaranth grain;
- 1 cup oats;
- 3 cups purified water;
- 1 tablespoon of buttermilk or other acidic liquid;
- 3-4 glasses of almond milk (more if necessary);
- 2 tablespoons of almond oil;
- 2 teaspoons of a mixture of hemp seeds and ground flax;
- 2 tsp quinoa seeds;
- 1 tbsp honey;
- a pinch of salt;
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon;
- 1/2 tsp cardamom;
- apples (chopped or chopped);
Soak amaranth and oats in purified water and buttermilk overnight. In the morning – rinse the grains in warm water. In a medium saucepan, mix the grains and everything else, slowly bring to a boil, and then cook over low heat until the desired consistency is reached. This will take about 10-15 minutes. If necessary, add more water or milk. Serve this kind of porridge with everything you like for breakfast.
Please note that the total cooking time does not include soaking the grain. It is better to soak the grain in water with one tablespoon of whey / buttermilk / lemon juice / apple cider vinegar for 8 hours.
Cream porridge with amaranth
This recipe was shared by dad of an 11-year-old child with gluten intolerance and an allergy to a number of products. The list of forbidden dishes also includes oatmeal that is still familiar to us, since oats contain relatively similar protein. I had to look for an alternative, and the search led to amaranth. The experience gained here showed that porridge cooked in a slow cooker quickly becomes dry on top, so it’s better to cook it on the stove. To get a creamy consistency, amaranth porridge should be cooked for 20-25 minutes. It can be served with a small amount of honey, cinnamon and coconut milk, and in this case the finished dish will get the taste of wheat cream.
To obtain a creamy consistency of porridge, it is recommended to take:
- 4 (and not three, as in most recipes) glasses of water;
- 1 cup amaranth;
- honey as a sweetener;
- dried fruits / fresh fruits;
- a handful of toasted nuts on top for decoration.
The final step in the preparation of amaranth porridge should be thorough mixing.
It is better to heat such porridge with the addition of a small amount of water.
Recipe from Dr. Ax
Dr. Ax prefers cooking porridge with amaranth also with four glasses of water, but adds another liquid ingredient, as well as other ingredients. To prepare a dish according to his recipe, you will need:
- 1 cup amaranth seeds;
- 4 glasses of water;
- fresh or dried fruit to choose from;
- raw honey;
- ground cinnamon;
- light coconut milk.
It is necessary to mix amaranth seeds and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat and continue cooking, stirring, for 20-25 minutes. The mixture should become creamy. If the porridge seems thick, you can add water. Before use, add fruit, raw honey, cinnamon and coconut milk.
One serving of such porridge contains 179 calories, as well as the amount of fat, sodium, potassium, carbohydrates, fiber, protein necessary for dietary nutrition.
According to reviews, porridge with amaranth helps fight against different types of allergies, childhood diseases.