Want to up the status of your healthy diet? Look to wholegrains to complete the balance. Go with the grains! From gluten-free buckwheat to versatile quinoa, each wholegrain has its own nutritional benefits as well as ways of cooking and eating – so there really is something for everyone.
If you thought getting creative with grains was limited to oats, barley and quinoa, then there’s a whole world of the good stuff you’ve yet to discover. Collect some of the best grain-based recipes from a range of different foodies and chefs, bringing the more exotic grains like farro, freekeh and kamut to everyday kitchen counters.
The popularity of refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, cakes and biscuits has certainly given grains a bad reputation, so much so that we’ve seen many people opt to go carb-free in an attempt to boost health and weight loss. But they’re key to healthy eating:
Wholegrains are an essential part of a healthy diet and a great source of complex carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals. The huge range of grains available today is good news for anyone looking to add different flavors to their dishes and experiment with different textures.
From gluten-free buckwheat to versatile quinoa, each wholegrain has its own nutritional benefits as well as ways of cooking and eating, so there really is something for everyone. Coeliacs can get in on the action, too, thanks to the array of gluten-free grains on offer: amaranth is a great example as it’s high in protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium and folic acid, while there’s also millet, quinoa, teff and the aforementioned buckwheat to enjoy.
Grains can also be put to excellent use in breakfast smoothies, salads, hearty soups and, of course, baking. Try these dish to add serious health points to your daily menu: