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Meet Amaranth, the Superfood You�ll Be Obsessed with in 2017

Don't get us wrong: We love our quinoa. But there�s a new superfood that�s primed to take over our plates in 2017. Amaranth is a naturally gluten-free, high-protein grain and, like quinoa, a staple of the ancient Aztec diet. (Damn, those Aztecs really knew how to eat.)

So What Exactly Is Amaranth?

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Like quinoa, amaranth is actually a dried seed, not a grain. The Aztecs first cultivated the pink flowering plant nearly 8,000 years ago, and it now grows around the world in countries like China, Peru, Nigeria and Mexico. Naturally gluten-free, amaranth makes a particularly good breakfast grain as it takes on a porridge-like consistency when boiled.

Health Benefits

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When we say super grain, we seriously mean super grain. The list of good-for-you attributes goes on and on, but to name a few: It�s a source of calcium, magnesium and iron; studies have shown it can lower cholesterol; and it�s a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids. What's more, it packs nine grams of protein per one-cup serving, compared with quinoa's eight grams. 


How to Eat It

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Amaranth is an excellent option for your first meal of the day, but there�s a whole host of creative ways you can cook with the grain. You can use it in any recipe that calls for quinoa�you can even use the grain in place of risotto. So versatile.


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Amaranth Porridge with Roasted Pears

Your go-to for a filling winter breakfast.

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Savory Amaranth Fritters

All that protein totally cancels out the fact that this recipe involves a little frying.

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Mushroom Amaranth Risotto

All that protein totally cancels out the fact that this recipe involves a little frying.

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Pre-Workout Amaranth Bars

Gluten-free sweets are never a bad idea, right?

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Where to Buy It

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You can buy amaranth online, or in the bulk section of health-food stores and grocery stores like Whole Foods. Huzzah, we know what we�re making for dinner tonight.