Move over quinoa, there’s a new super grain in town: KAMUT®!
KAMUT® is a unique little grain product that comes from an ancient type of Egyptian wheat. It comes in large kernels, which can be cooked like rice, ground into a flour-like powder or made into flakes
Like other grains, KAMUT® can be used for a variety of purposes. It can be a side dish, a base for a pilaf or casserole or even as a flour for baking or breading.
The best part about KAMUT®? It comes with a whole slew of benefits. It can slim your waistline, boost your overall health and give you a tasty, easy-to-cook treat to boot.
Let’s learn a little more about this new super grain now.
The Power of KAMUT®
KAMUT® is a powerhouse of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, and it has absolutely zero cholesterol, no fat, and lots of protein. You can’t find a better grain than this!
Here’s an exact breakdown of all the great stuff that KAMUT® offers:
- Fiber – Just one cup of KAMUT® gives you a whopping 6.7 grams of fiber – 27 percent of your entire recommended daily value! Fiber is important to warding off heart disease and stroke, keeping your digestive system healthy and even preventing obesity. It can also help you lose weight by keeping your fuller longer and staving off cravings.
- Magnesium – With 96 mg of magnesium per cup, KAMUT® provides about 30 percent of your daily recommended value. This powerful mineral improves bone and teeth health, prevents diabetes and reduces your risk for heart disease, osteoporosis, depression and more.
- Niacin – KAMUT®delivers 29 percent of your daily niacin, a mineral that is vital to regulating your endocrine system and hormones. It also supports your nervous system, lowers your risk of heart disease and diabetes and keeps your metabolism at a healthy rate.
- Manganese – KAMUT® is incredibly high in manganese – offering more than 100 percent of your daily value in just one cup. This important mineral supports your nervous system, boosts your metabolism and regulates your blood sugar, and it can even help circulation and blood flow.
- Selenium – Compared to traditional wheats, KAMUT® has significantly more selenium. Selenium is vital to preventing cellular damage and warding off free radical. Some say it can even help prevent cancer.
- Protein – KAMUT® is full of good-for-you protein, with a whopping 10 grams in every single cup. Protein is crucial to strong bones and muscles, and it can even help with circulation, immune function and more. If you’re working out as a part of your weight loss routine, protein is even more vital, as it helps you recover more quickly and build up your muscles as you continue on.
- Zinc – With about 40 percent of your daily zinc value, KAMUT® can have great benefits for your immune system. It can also boost your thyroid (and your metabolism) and keep you healthy and strong.
According to a study at Careggi University Hospital, KAMUT® has significantly more beneficial effects on your body than other, more modern grains and wheats. The study determined that with regular consumption of KAMUT®, participants saw a 4 percent decrease in cholesterol, 23 percent decrease in inflammation, 4.6 percent rise in potassium and 2.3 percent rise in magnesium.
The easiest way to eat KAMUT® is to cook it like rice – 3 parts water to 1 part grain. The KAMUT® will expand significantly when cooked (tripling in size) so be sure to keep that in mind when portioning it out. Then you can add a little salt, pepper or olive oil, stir it up and serve it as a side.
It also makes a great base for pilafs and stir fries. Just add some meat and vegetables, and you’ve got a filling, healthy meal in under an hour. Another great option is to blend some KAMUT® in a food processor and make a homemade oatmeal with them. All you need is some honey or fresh fruit, and you have a breakfast for champions.
If you find KAMUT® in flour or flake form, it can also make a great breading product. Roll some zucchini sticks in egg whites and KAMUT® flakes, bake them, and enjoy a crunchy snack, or use KAMUT® flour to make a homemade pizza dough, breaded fish, or even a muffin or roll.
One thing to note is that KAMUT® is not gluten free and should not be considered a substitute if you have Celiac disease or intolerant of gluten. For these issues, you’ll want to stick to products made with rice, tapioca or coconut flour.
Generally, KAMUT® can be found in most health food stores, either in bulk or in the flour/baking section. It’s easy to cook with, healthy and makes a great substitute in tons of dishes, so give it a whirl today. Let me know what you think in the comments!