3 Grains You Should Try if You Love Quinoa

Quinoa is a terrific, nutritionally-packed gluten-free grain, but donít get boxed in. There are a variety of delicious gluten-free grains out there in all colors, shapes and sizes. If you enjoy quinoa, these 3 grains are definitely worth a try.

Teff
If you havenít tried teff before, youíre in for a treat. Ranging in color from white to brown to purple, teff is a poppy seed-sized grain with an earthy sweetness. (The lighter colored the teff, the milder the flavor is.) This Ethiopian native grain is high in fiber and easily digestible protein, as well as†high in resistant starches, which are great for stabilizing appetite and blood sugar levels. A cup of teff has about as much calcium as a cup of cooked spinach, and is also high in lysine ó important for muscle repair ó so itís a great companion to an active lifestyle. Try spiced teff porridge for breakfast with coconut milk and dates if youíre sick of boring old oats.

Millet
Yes, this is technically bird food ó but itís good for you too! With 6 grams of protein per cup, millet is a great grain to add to your diet. It has a good amount of fiber and a low glycemic index, and its high levels of B vitamins can have a positive impact on mood and cholesterol levels. The nutritional punch of millet makes it a great grain to support your weight management goals. Itís especially great for bulking up a homemade veggie burger or making gluten-free crackers at home. You can also make a millet pudding for dessert if you so desire, in lieu of rice.

Amaranth
This nutritionally dense grain makes a great porridge or pilaf. It’s high in calcium and lysine, and has a diverse amino acid profile that make it a great plant-based source of protein. Try this toasted grain pilaf from Dr. Weil. What is perhaps most exciting is that it†can also be popped like popcorn, and topped with herbs, coconut oil, or raw honey as a healthy treat.

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Thereís no need to ditch your quinoa, but try changing it up a little every now and then. A balanced diet is about eating a variety of foods in moderation. Have you ever tried any of the above grains? Whatís your favorite recipe to make with ancient grains?

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