Not buckwheat or oatmeal: which porridge is the healthiest and why even infants should eat it
Amaranth is a gluten-free, hearty and light porridge containing a complete amino acid profile. At the same time, it contains essential higher polyunsaturated fatty acids OMEGA-3, OMEGA-6, OMEGA-9, saturated fatty acids (palmitic and stearic), as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D, E, P, PP and macro- and microelements like calcium, potassium, iron, sodium, magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium, manganese, phosphorus.
The FoodOboz editorial team shares useful information from experts on the benefits of amaranth and how to cook porridge from it.
The benefits of amaranth
"Amaranth seeds have a whole range of nutrients. However, what makes them a truly unique product is the incredibly strong antioxidant squalene and vitamin E in its particularly active tocotrienol form. The antioxidant properties of vitamin E in this form are 40-50 times higher than in the usual passive tocopherol form," the experts say.
It is also important to know that regular consumption of amaranth can significantly strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of new diseases. It stops the development of inflammatory processes in the body and reduces the level of bad cholesterol in the blood.
What can be made from amaranth
The seeds are used to make flour, which can be used to make any bakery products, and can also be added to gravy for meat, mushrooms, and salads. You can also make a delicious hot drink from ground hemp, amaranth, and flax seeds.
How to cook amaranth porridge properly
If you cook dry amaranth, the green flavor will be more noticeable. To eliminate the herbal astringency, the seeds should first be soaked for several hours, preferably overnight. In the morning, drain the water, cover with clean water, and cook for 15 minutes after boiling, stirring. Cover and cook for another 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
You can add berries, fruit, honey, or cinnamon to taste.
Amaranth porridge can be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Can children eat amaranth porridge?
Pediatricians say that the "golden grain" should be introduced into the baby's diet after the age of three! Starting from the age of 9 months, you can add just a few amaranth seeds to a tasty and healthy complementary food, such as yogurt. If you want to use amaranth in baked goods for yourself or an older child, remember that it thickens the dough.