Ring in September by celebrating National Whole Grain Month. Ancient grains have made a resurgence over the past several years. Many are finding ancient grains a nice alternative to their regular staples. For those of you who may not know what ancient grains are, below, is a list of different ancient grains and how to use them.
My challenge to you is to test your taste buds and try at least two ancient grains over the next month. You never know what new favorites you might discover. Consider buying these grains from the bulk bins at the grocery store. Using the bulk bins will allow you to try small amounts of these grains before committing to a larger amount. If you prefer to buy grains already packaged, I recommend Bob’s Red Mill® products.
One of my favorite ways to utilize some of these ancient grains is to replace my morning bowl of oatmeal with either amaranth, quinoa or Kamut®. Add a few berries and nuts and you have a rock star meal. One thing to note, most ancient grains need to be rinsed under water in a fine mesh sieve before cooking. However, some pre-packaged grains come pre-rinsed.
We can’t forget that September is also National Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month. Fall is a great time of the year for produce. Popular choices include: apples, sweet potatoes, squash, cauliflower, pears, grapes, broccoli, parsnips and many more. Stir-fry dishes, cold salads and soups are great ways to incorporate both ancient grains and produce all into one hearty meal. Smoothies are still one of my favorite ways to up my fruit and veggie intake. Read more on how to incorporate more ancient grains and delicious produce recipes into your nutrition plan.