You’d have to be living under, well, a chia pet (hello, ’90s) to not hear all the recent buzz over ancient grains and seeds, but it can be harder than it seems to include these wholesome foods in your daily diet. Kamut? Millet? Huh? Sometimes you just don’t have time to get a pot of water boiling and cook these grains up from scratch. To make your life as easy as instant rice, here’s a roundup of six simple and surprising products to help you consume ancient grains with zero-effort.
You say kam-it, we say kam-oot. Let’s call the whole thing off. Because whatever you call it, kamut is rich in nutrients that your body craves, such as vitamin E, dietary fiber, manganese, magnesium, and niacin. Eden Foods’ Kamut Spiral Pasta is made with large golden kernels of kamut (which is slightly nutty in flavor), making for a smooth-textured pasta. The Kamut Spiral Pasta provides a whopping 10 grams of protein and only 210 calories per one cup serving. On a protein kick? See more good-for-you grains that are packed with protein here.
This might involve an ancient grain, but these ain’t your grandma’s melba toasts. Old London’s Ancient Grains Melba Toasts are made with millet, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, and sesame. Superstar millet is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains on the market. Constipation is no match for this powerful grain, which acts as a prebiotic that feeds the microflora in your body and hydrates your colon. Old London’s Ancient Grains Melba Toasts provide that crunch you hanker for and are just begging for a slathering of cream cheese or your favorite nut butter.
3. Chia seeds
Green juice plus chia seeds? What? Just trust us on this one. Daily Greens’ Amplify Chia Infused Juice is made with ground chia seeds that provide you with hydration and a lovely boost of help-me-it’s-3-p.m.-energy. Chia seeds might be tiny but they pack an impressive punch. Full of omega-3 fatty acids and soluble fiber, they are loaded with double the protein of most grains. And did we mention they contain five times more calcium than milk? (For more non-dairy sources of calcium, check out our guide.) Daily Greens’ Amplify Chia Infused Juice clocks in with four grams of protein (impressive for a juice) and is loaded with Vitamin C and magnesium — a can’t-go-wrong bottle of green joy.
You may file this one under “foods I’ve never heard of” (us too), but you’ll definitely want to befriend this grain, even if you can’t pronounce it. Einkorn is packed with more nutrients, vitamins, and dietary minerals than regular wheat. Einkorn has 40% more protein and 15% less starch than commercial wheat, plus abundant B vitamins and trace minerals like iron (hooray!). Jovial’s Organic Sourdough Einkorn Crackers are made with the ancient grain. Because einkorn is the original form of wheat, this grain makes digestion easier and is well-tolerated by those with gluten sensitivities. Jovial’s Organic Sourdough Einkorn Crackers are USDA-certified organic, yeast free, and dole out three grams of protein per serving.
Peace Cereal’s Maple Buckwheat Hemp Supergrains Cereal is made with buckwheat and hemp seeds to give you two-fer action in one handy cereal. Because buckwheat seeds are a great source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber (the cereal has four grams per serving), this cereal may help keep digestion running smoothly. Buckwheat also offers minerals like copper and magnesium. Copper, which your body needs to produce red blood cells is absolutely essential, as well as magnesium, which works to relax blood vessels leading to the brain — it’s been found to potentially have curative effects on depression and headaches. Peace Cereal’s Maple Buckwheat Hemp Supergrains Cereal has 7 grams of satisfying protein to keep you fuller for longer, and it pairs pretty darn well with one of these power smoothies to start your day off right.
Step aside, blah oatmeal. Love Grown Foods’ Super Oats are far from your typical morning pouches. These single-serve packets are comprised of nutrient-dense oats, chia seeds, quinoa flakes, and amaranth flakes. Quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. It also happens to boast twice as much fiber as most other grains. If all that’s not enough, quinoa is also high in riboflavin, which improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells in your body and is known to help create proper energy production on a cellular level (science geeks, rejoice). Love Grown Foods’ Super Oat Packets have four grams of protein and four grams of dietary fiber, which is a recipe we can get behind to jumpstart your morning.