Why You Should Include Ancient Grains in Your Diet

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Ancient grains have been around a long time, but it's time that they become part of your diet, so that you can be a little bit healthier.

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Why You Should Include Ancient Grains in Your Diet

  1. 1. Why You Should Include in Your Diet Ancient Grains
  2. 2. Coming Back into Style • Most ancient grains have been around for about 8,000 years • Recently they have been receiving more attention, because of: – Gluten Intolerance – Nutritious Properties
  3. 3. Introducing… • Ancient Grains!! • The healthy food you’ve been waiting for! • Food that will help you keep a healthy weight!
  4. 4. 14 Ancient Grains 1. Polenta 2. Bulgur 3. Amaranth 4. Farro 5. Spelt 6. Wheat Berries 7. Buckwheat 8. Kamut 9. Millet 10.Quinoa 11.Barley 12.Teff 13.Chia Seeds 14.Sorghum
  5. 5. Gluten-Free Varieties • Not all ancient grains are gluten-free, but some of them are: – Chia seeds – Polenta – Amaranth – Millet – Quinoa – Sorghum
  6. 6. Receive Important Nutrients • Ancient grains contain: – Fiber – Protein – Antioxidants & Phytochemicals – Vitamins & Minerals • Amounts (and types) vary from grain to grain
  7. 7. Get Some Variety in Your Diet • Because all ancient grains are different, they have more variety throughout the different kinds. • Having variety in your diet is important to your health (and your sanity).
  8. 8. Refined Grains=Bad • Most nutrition is removed from grains when they are refined. • Wheat germ & bran are removed, taking away most of the fiber and vitamins that are contained in wheat • Refined wheat flour fills less space, making it necessary to eat more to get full. • Refined grains are processed as sugars, causing a sugar high when absorbed into the bloodstream.
  9. 9. Cooking with Ancient Grains 4 easy ways to cook ancient grains: 1. Grinding 2. Boiling 3. Roasting 4. Soaking (mostly applies to chia seeds)
  10. 10. Purchasing Ancient Grains • Find ancient grains at local health food stores, online or at Betterbodyfoods.com

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