We are all familiar with grain varieties like whole wheat, corn, rice, and whole oats. Some of us might even know about the benefits of slightly lesser-known grains like quinoa, buckwheat, and barley. However, there are many other varieties of grain that receive less publicity, but are no less nutritious. Many different types of grains offer wholesome health benefits and would be a great addition to nearly any meal. Next time you’re in the grain aisle at your local supermarket, and you’re feeling a bit adventurous, give any of these three grains a try in order to supercharge your mealtime with a host of added nutrients and vitamins. These grains are versatile and work with tons of different meal types and dishes. Give them a whirl and see what you can cook up!
Bulgur is a whole grain that is extremely popular across the Middle East and parts of Northern India. Bulgur is packed with tons of nutrients, like iron, magnesium, and fiber. Its so healthy, that just one cup of bulgur actually gets you very close to many important daily nutritional recommendations. Even better, preparation is easy, as you just need some water, a pot, and ten to twelve minutes of your time. Add Bulgur to your salads, or as a tasty side dish. If you want to get really imaginative, try Bulgur as an oatmeal substitute. Add in some honey and yogurt for a tasty and nutritious breakfast.
Freekeh, another grain from the Middle East, is harvested young and then roasted, to reveal the inner kernel. Freekeh is incredibly high in fiber, protein, and many important trace minerals. Importantly, this roasted kernel also has a lower glycemic index than many of its cousins in the grain family. Freekeh is a versatile grain that can be used in many different dishes. Add it to soups, salads, side dishes, and chili to change things up. Adding this healthy grain to your rotation is an excellent choice.
When people think of Rye, they might first think of Rye whiskey or Rye bread. However whole rye is a delicious and nutritious option on its own. In fact, Rye holds its own as one of the healthiest grains on the market. Add more Rye to your diet if you’re deficient in fiber or iron. Its important to look for whole rye in the grain aisle at the supermarket, as refined varieties don’t have nearly the same health benefits. Mix Rye in with with your salads to provide a nice healthy balance to your leafy greens. Another option is to serve it as the bed for some roasted chicken and vegetables. The options are truly endless with this tasty treat.
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