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Gluten Free Whole Grains for EnergyWhole grains have been a staple food for many cultures. You may be familiar with the obvious grains like rice, a staple food in Asian cultures. Wheat was used mainly by the middle east where they would make pita breads and couscous. Millet, corn, wheat, rice, pasta and beer play a huge role in European diets providing nutrition and vitamins. Thanks to Scotland, we have rolled or steel cut oats, which Americans have also adopted as a part of breakfast and can also be used in baked goods. Oats make a great gluten free alternative. Gluten free whole grains are an excellent source of nutrition and provide sustained energy throughout the day. Most contain iron, dietary fiber, vitamin e, b-complex vitamins, and the body absorbs it slowly making it easier to stay energized longer. Whole grains are to take as a pre-workout and may be what you need to get a boost of energy. Whole grains are good for you; refined and enriched grains are not. Processed grains are stripped and bleached from their nutritional goods and are absorbed too fast by the body which then converts it to simple sugars that get broken down and most often converted to fat. Whole grains and more specifically gluten free grains, are great for the body and digestive tract for most consumers unless they have a specific allergy. Gluten free grains are safer for those that have wheat allergies. **1 C of dried grains yield 2-4 servings**
|1 C of Grains||Water||Cooking time|
|Amaranth||3 Cups||30 min.|
|Brown Rice||2 Cups||45-60min.|
|Buckwheat (Kasha)||2 Cups||20-30 min.|
|Corn Meal||3 Cups||20 min.|
|Millet||2 Cups||30 min.|
|Oats||2 Cups||20-30 min.|
|Quinoa||2 Cups||15-20 min.|
|Wild Rice||4 Cups||60 min.|