Starches and Grains
White Potatoes: The average American will consume 20,000 potatoes in his or her lifetime. But why not? Potatoes are satisfyingly filling, and are packed with fiber, vitamin C, manganese and potassium. And there are countless versatile ways to prepare them, from baked to mashed to latkes. Just stay away from the fried ones.
Rice: This one is a no-brainer, since so much of the world populationís diet is based on rice. When combined with a legume, whole grain brown rice forms a complete protein providing the body with necessary amino acids. Lundberg Family Farms is a Sacramento-based rice producer which offers certified organic and eco farmed varieties of rice. You can read about their sustainabity practices here. Also, since Lundberg rice is packaged in a dedicated facility, there are no worries about cross-contamination.
Millet: Millet is a fantastic, overlooked source of magnanese, tryptophan, magnesium and phosphorus. While it is technically a seed, it is usually prepared as a grain that can be eaten in place of rice. And did you know that sprouted millet and cashews can be used to make vegan yogurt? Just beware that millet is not gluten-free, so if you are a celiac, this oneís off limits.
Amaranth: This overlooked grain-like food, is actually an herb. When it comes to a showdown with wheat, amaranth is the clear winner, with five times the amount of iron and three times the amount of fiber. And yes, protein-rich amaranth is gluten-free. To prepare, use a 3:1 water:amaranath ratio.
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