Amaranth is packed with protein
iStock/hungryworks Carb lovers, rejoice! Amaranth is a grain that not only provides a hearty combo of fiber, potassium, calcium, iron, and other minerals, it also packs a serious punch of protein—one cup cooked contains a whopping nine grams, far greater than most other grains. Prepare it like you would oatmeal, toss it with fresh veggies and herbs for a light grain salad, or use as a coating on chicken or fish and bake in the oven for guilt-free crispiness. You can even bake with it in its flour form to add a sneaky helping of vitamins, protein, and minerals to your bread or pizza dough. Smart Flour Foods makes frozen pizza crust out of three ancient grains (including amaranth) that you can add your own toppings to and pop in the oven, as well as pre-made ancient grains pizzas that are ready in minutes.
Kamut acts like an antioxidant
iStock/hadelproductions If you really want to give your body a boost, add kamut to your meal. This whole grain wheat is bursting with selenium, a mineral that supports a healthy immune system, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that are thought to have a positive effect on cholesterol, blood glucose levels, and more. “One study found that kamut significantly reduced inflammation in the gut in people with irritable bowel syndrome, which then reduced the pain and other symptoms associated with IBS,” says John Douillard, DC, CAP, an expert in natural health, Ayurveda, and sports medicine and author of Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet. Plus, it’s high in protein, fiber, calcium, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Kamut cooks up like a cross between brown rice and barley; try using it as a substitute grain next time you whip up a stir-fry.