With The Grain. Final Part.

We’ve come to the end of our journey with grains. I will be introducing the last 4 grains to try.

1. Oats
Oats are a great way to gain energy and strength to get you going when you have an early morning. A bowl of freshly made oatmeal can help prevent heart disease or diabetes. A study has shown that children who eat oats are less likely to develop persistent asthma. Adding oats to your daily meal can help control your appetite as it keeps you full longer. Oats can help decrease the usage of laxative and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

2. Bulgur
This is one of the most convenient grains, since it requires practically no cooking. When wheat kernels are boiled, dried, and cracked, the result is bulgur. This wheat product is sometimes referred to as “Middle Easter pasta” for its versatility. It is a base for all sorts of dishes. If you’ve had tabbouleh, that parsley and mint Middle Eastern salad, you’ve had bulgur. Bulgur is a healthy addition to any meal as it’s 100% whole wheat. It’s a good source of fiber, protein, iron, and vitamin B6. Bulgur may lower the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

3. Rye Berries
Although they’ve had their outer hull removed, rye berries still require a cooking time longer than other berries. Soak overnight then drain. Cook in lots of boilinig water for about an hour or until tender. One cup of dried rye berries will yield about 3 cups cooked. Once cooked, these tangy berries can be used in a variety of ways. Try tossing them with roasted butternut squash and walnuts with sliced red onion.

4. Spelt Berries
Spelt is a nutritious species of what with a nutlike flavor. It is a distant cousin in Europe. Spelt has a mildly sweet and buttery flavor. Its texture is similar to barley, but not as starchy. When cooked the grains stay fluffy and separated. Spelt has the ability to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Rich in magnesium, fiber, phytonutrient. Eating spelt can help protect the body against conditions such as stroke, diabetes, insulin resistance, and obesity. Soaking spelt overnight can save you 20 minutes off the regular cooking time. Spelt can be tossed with pesto like pasta or in a cold salad.

I hope this journey into the introduction of grains has helped educate you a little more about all the available grains out there to try. Simply adding more grain into your diet has been known to benefit your overall health. I’ve only listed 15 grains, but there are so many more out there to try. There’s a whole list of them and each has more, if not, the same amount of health qualities to benefit from. Most grains contain magnesium, manganese, and fiber; something your body will thank you for. I hope you give some of these a chance as you can easily incorporate most of them into any recipes you eat. Thank you for reading as we introduced some amazing grains during this trip.

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