Monday, September 1, 2008

Amaranth, excellent protein source for fibroid shrinkers

One of the biggest challenges I find in my diet for shrinking fibroids is getting enough protein, since I'm avoiding dairy, poultry (except turkey), meat, fish that have high mercury content, and most soy products. That doesn't seem to leave much left! And there is only so much quinoa one can eat!

So I'm delighted to have discovered a gluten-free grain that is high in protein, amaranth. It also contains five times more iron than wheat. This page gives the lowdown on its nutritional features and on its interesting history when it was one of the favorite foods of the Aztecs.

I've been making it for breakfast, and an added bonus is that my husband loves it!

According to the page cited above, the protein in Amaranth, when combined with the protein in rice forms a complete protein as high quality as fish, red meat, or poultry. So I created the following recipe which includes some rice cereal. This recipe also includes some fruit for both flavor and added nutrients.

Breakfast Peach and Berry Amaranth

1/2 cup amaranth
2 and a 1/4 cups water
a small handful each dried blueberries, dried cherries, goji berries and raisins
1 peach, chopped
3 tablespoons rice cereal (such as Lundberg Purely Organic Hot 'n Creamy Rice Cereal)

Put all ingredients except the rice cereal in a pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Mix in the rice cereal, put the cover on, and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Serve hot. Makes two large servings.


Lisa said...

I really appreciate your blog. Thanks for all the info! You are much better at making changes than I am! I love dairy - especially cheese. I find it almost impossible to give up - but I am switching to the hormone free stuff as much as possible. Did you have problems giving up dairy too? I have never been a meat or chicken eater - so I don't miss that. Thank you again!

Fibroid Shrinker said...

Thanks, so glad to hear you are enjoying my blog!
I don't know if I am so great at making changes, I have managed to do so with diet but I'm not perfect, and in terms of exercise and stress reduction activities like qi gong and meditation I have a long ways to go.
Yes giving up dairy is tough but I feel so much better when not eating it. If you are having trouble cutting it out, definitely cut down and just use it in "high impact" activities like grated strong flavor cheese on top of something, rather than a big bowl of ice cream. Also, you might want to try switching to goat and sheep's milk products as those are said to be less work for one's system to deal with.
Good luck to you!