While grocery shopping, my eyes caught a glimpse of a box of cereal that was on sale. The brand of cereal especially caught my eye because the company also makes herbal teas.
After reading the label, I purchased a box of Walnut Spice Crunch – All Natural Cereal by Yogi.
Warning to Vegans
This cereal has honey in it and I did not discover this until now. Will I throw it out because of the honey? Nope, I cannot do it, because I spent money and my taste buds like it.
I could not wait to try this cereal. While eating a bowl of Walnut Spice Crunch, I read the headline message on the back of the box. The headline says, “Add healthy variety to your diet with Yogi ancient grains.” There is a list of five ancient grains on the back of the box and a sentence about the benefits of each one of these ancient grains.
The information about these ancient grains piqued my curiosity to learn more. Research has revealed that these ancient grains are very healthy.
Definition of Ancient
Ancient means having had an existence of many years.
How old are these ancient grains?
- Oats – Cultivated for 2,000 years in various regions throughout the world.
- Barley – Originated in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia. Cultivated for more than 10,000 years.
- Spelt – Native to Iran and southeast Europe. The most popular grain, cultivated for 7,000 years or more.
- Quinoa – Relatively new to the United States. Cultivated in mountain regions of Peru, Chile and Bolivia for over 5,000 years.
- Amaranth – cultivated as a grain for 8,000 years
Benefits of Ancient Grains
- Helps lower cholesterol levels
- Supports a healthy cardiovascular system/heart
- Helps stabilize blood
- Soluble fiber
- Antioxidant benefits
- Helps with regularity
- Lowers cholesterol
- Good source of selenium
- Good source of fiber
- High in phosphorous, copper and manganese
- Natural source of antioxidants
- More nutritious than modern wheat
- Excellent source of vitamin B2
- Good source of niacin, thiamine, manganese and copper
- Helpful for persons with migraine headaches
- Helpful in atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
- Helpful for persons with diabetes
Quinoa “gold of Inca”
- Helps sustain energy
- Promotes vitality
- High in protein. Complete protein and has all 9 amino acids
- *Good choice for vegans
- High in the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair
- Good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorous
- May be valuable to persons with migraine headaches, diabetes, and atherosclerosis
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Low in saturated fats
- High in fiber
- Rich in lysine
- High in protein
- Good source of iron, magnesium and phosphorus
- Good source of vitamins A and C and calcium
- Contains vitamin E (promotes healthy circulatory system)
These ancient whole grains offer many health benefits. Consider adding a few of these ancient grains to your diet.
Here are a few recipes using quinoa. Mike Foster’s Three Bean Vegan Chili with Red Quinoa and Curry Quinoa by Tracey McQuirter. You can also learn how to make Quinoa-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms by Gavan Murphy. The recipe for the Curry Quinoa is below.
Curry Quinoa (By Any Greens Necessary by Tracey McQuirter)
This is my staple grain. It’s rich in protein and quick to cook, so I recommend it often. – Tracey McQuirter
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups water
1 teaspoon Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon curry powder
Place quinoa and water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, add the rest of the ingredients, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, until water is completely absorbed. Serve as a basic side dish instead of brown rice.
Makes 4 servings
Have you eaten any of these ancient grains? If yes, which ones?
Merriam Webster’s Dictionary
Image credit: “Hand in Quinoa” by Francisca Ulloa