Diversify Your Grains!

— Written By Marcus McFarland
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Different Assorted Pastas and Grains

Most of us are used to eating common grain foods like rice and knowing how beneficial whole grains can be. But, did you know there are many more grains and cereals that are healthy and nutritious for our body that are worth trying? Here are a few to consider provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

  • Amaranth is a whole grain that is considered a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids. It is a great source of iron, magnesium, and zinc. Amaranth can be consumed as an alternative to pasta and can be made into flour to make things like breads and cakes.
  • Barley is another great grain that comes in a “hulled” or “pearled” form, with hulled being fiber rich. Barley is great for keeping blood glucose levels stable, as the fiber slows the absorption of glucose in the body. It’s packed with the power antioxidant selenium and can be enjoyed in soups or even as a hot breakfast cereal like oatmeal.


  • Teff is another protein-rich grain which is also gluten-free. It is widely known in Ethiopia as the grain used to make Injera, a popular flatbread from the regions. It is a great source of magnesium and iron, as well as have a delicious nutty flavor. Enjoy teff in mixed with vegetables or as a hot breakfast cereal.

No matter what you eat, whether it’s rice or teff, be sure to include cereals and grains into your daily diet.


“5 Whole Grains to Keep Your Family Healthy” – Kids Eat Right, eatright.org – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics