5 Ancient Grains You Didn’t Know Were Gluten Free
Living a gluten free life can be challenging, especially when some foods are given misleading names. Just hearing “grain” probably turns away most gluten free eaters, but did you know there are actually 5 gluten-free ancient grains to satisfy your dietary needs? If you answered “no” to this question, continue reading!
Quinoa is possibly one of the most popular ancient grains out there! It’s ability to absorb flavors has made it a staple in kitchens around the world! Quinoa is commonly considered a grain but it’s actually a seed closely related to species such as beetroot and spinach. Quinoa is one of the most nutrient-rich ancient grains due to the fact that it’s a complete protein! Did you know that just one cup of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein and 43% of your daily Iron needs?
Chia seeds are one of the most versatile grains in existence! They are practically tasteless which means you can add them to just about anything for a incredible boost of nutrition! They are famous for absorbing liquids, making them a great ingredient to create delicious chia puddings, smoothies and even baked goods. Just one ounce of chia seeds has 177mg of calcium (18% of your daily needs) and 4.4g of protein (9% of your daily needs).
Buckwheat might be the most misleading ancient grain in the bunch. Buckwheat isn’t a true wheat at all, it’s actually a seed! It’s used primarily for sweet or savory recipes such as porridge, risotto and salads! Buckwheat is packed with nutrients too. Just a half cup contains 10g of dietary fiber, 460mg potassium, and 13g of protein! This great tasting grain is a must for any gluten-free diet!
Not only is Amaranth gluten free, but it’s the only ancient grain on record that contains vitamin C! Like other ancient grains, Amaranth is actually a seed. Just 1 cup of Amaranth can give you 82% of your daily iron needs, 31% of your daily calcium needs, and 14% of your daily vitamin C needs! Amaranth has even been known to help lower cholesterol. You can use it for sweet recipes like this Popped Amaranth Chocolate Bark or for savory meals like Amaranth patties or salads.
Last on our list is Teff, an extremely small grain that is packed with nutrients! Teff is often used as a base for porridge, cereal and puddings! 1 cup of Teff contains 25g of protein, 347.4mg of calcium and 15.4g of fiber! Try using Teff the next time you get the urge to make a wholesome and filling breakfast!
Keep these ancient grains in mind the next time you want to add nutrient-rich grains to your gluten free lifestyle! You can typically find our ancient grains at your local grocery store. If you want to share your recipe creations with us, post a photo and use the hashtag #NaturesEarthlyChoice or tag us in the photo @naturesearthlychoice on Instagram or Twitter!