Dr Oz: Ancient Grains For More Energy
Could eating ancient grains actually give you more energy, naturally? Nurse search winner, Mario was assigned the task of learning more about ancient grains. Nurse Maria explained that carbohydrates keep us going every day. Eating ancient grains give us natural energy, because they’re high in fiber in protein. They’re a great way to keep going throughout your busy day.
Dr Oz: Amaranth & Teff, Ancient Grains
Dr Oz and Nurse Maria first looked at amaranth, and used the grain to create her delicious Amaranth Bars. Click through this article to get the recipe for the delicious bars. Maria absolutely loved the bars and found that she could eat the bars for breakfast and stay full for up to four hours!
She then showed Dr Oz teff, which is an ancient grain great for helping keeping your blood sugar levels manageable. Maria added the teff to a salad, explaining that you only have to cook the teff in boiling water for about 10 minutes, which makes it easier to make than pasta. Dr Oz admitted that he didn’t like the flavor as much as amaranth, and Mario added that it didn’t give her as much energy.
Dr Oz: Spelt Pasta
If you want more of the wheat taste and a bit of a chewy grain, try spelt. Maria ate spelt pasta by adding it to pesto and vegetables, and said she absolutely loved it. The flavor was good and it kept her energized, and Dr Oz said he liked it a lot as well.
So which ancient grain is your favorite? If you haven’t yet tried one, which one do you plan on trying?
Dr Oz: Amaranth Bars Recipe Ingredients
- 1/3 C almond butter
- 1/2 C pecans – chopped
- 1/4 C chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 C brown rice syrup
- 1/2 C amaranth
- 1/2 C raisins
- 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
Dr Oz: Amaranth Bars Recipe Directions
- In a small saucepan, heat the brown rice syrup and almond butter over medium heat, stirring often, until a smooth mixture is formed, then set aside
- In a pot over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp amaranth and cover
- As soon as the grains start to pop, shake the pot vigorously for about 10 seconds, until the popping stops
- Remove the popped amaranth and put it in a large bowl
- Repeat with the rest of the grain, one tbsp at a time, turning the heat down if necessary
- Stir the chia seeds, pecans, salt, cardamom, raisins, and orange zest into the popped amaranth
- Mix in the syrup and almond butter mixture until everything is mixed
- Put the mixture in a greased or parchment-lined baking pan
- Press down on the mixture to form into an even layer
- Store in the fridge for 2 hours, then slice into 12 bars