We know by now that you can certainly lead a delicious life free from gluten. Whilst gluten free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy, the Free from world has officially gone boom and grains are a common area we can get confused about its free from status. Whether you have an intolerance or are wanting to cut back your intake of this hard to digest protein, these foods will help you on your way to that delicious life you were after with a little bit of excitement.
A little secret when it comes to good digestion, amaranth is flowering plant and a great source of plant based protein. It is a super teeny seed, like millet and quinoa that stands out as one of few to be defined as a complete source of protein (containing lysine). It also holds one of the best iron sources of all grains and has been said to help with lowering chloestoral. It’s naturally gluten-free and a good source of protein (around 26 grams per cup), fiber (about 6 grams per cup), iron and calcium. Perfect for breakfasts, porridge and stews and also pancake mixes as a flour. Yum!
Quinoa is actually a seed and a member of the grass family and actually, not even a grain at all! We define it as one often because of its similar cooking properties. Now a hugely popular food in salads, warm bowls and a regular on menu high street chains menus, quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids making it one of the few grains that is a complete protein!
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Millet is the dryer sister of quinoa. Another one of the few grains to be made up of all 9 amino acids, it too is the perfect complete protein source. Millet is actually a mineral rich seed which has known to be a birds favourite type of food! Cooked millet makes a lovely brekkie porridge with coconut milk, honey and cinnamon!
By now we all know about the benefits of brown rice but what most don’t know is that it is naturally gluten free. Known to promote a healthy heart, provide manganese and decrease cholesterol, brown rice is the perfect accompaniment to any salad, stir-fry or curry.
The chia seed was cultivated by the Aztec so we are talking real ancient superfood here. These teeny raw, gluten-free, vegan seeds are packed full of minerals, omega 3 fats, antioxidants, fiber and are a complete source of protein. They also are known to have 5 times the amount of calcium than milk and more antioxidants then blueberries. These little power packed grains are a must have in your diet. They are most perfect soaked overnight in some coconut milk and added to your brekkie in the morning.
Not such a widely known grain, sorghum is one of the top five cereal crops in the world. Sorghum can grow under strenuous conditions, which is great in the ever-changing environmental landscape. This naturally gluten-free grain has many powers. It can be used whole, it can be ground into flour, it can be popped, it can be turned into a sweetener. Nutritionally quite similar to quinoa, one serving has about 90 milligrams of magnesium and over 500 micrograms of copper, which contributes to healthier bone tissue and a healthier immune system! You can add It to a smoothie, pop it in your soup or spice up your breakfast bowl with it.
One of our favourite little ancient gluten free troopers, this grain is actually not a grain but a seed. Despite the name, it has absolutely no relation to wheat whatsoever and is completely free from the nasty bugger. A great food for your cardiovascular system
, high in magnesium and a good source of fiber, buckwheat is a ‘must-add’ to your system. Packed with antioxidants studies have shown https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11592684 that buckwheat has a unique amino acid composition that give it special biological activities. These include cholesterol-lowering effects, anti-hypertensition effects and improving digestion by reliving constipation