How to Make Popped Amaranth Energy Bar with Fruit & Nuts
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES
1. To pop the amaranth use a very hot frying pan without oil. Heat the pan on high for 2 or 3 minutes then test a few grains of amaranth. If they pop immediately, the pan is hot enough. Put in enough amaranth to just cover the bottom of the pan. Then put on a lid and shake the pan. This prevents burning the amaranth and keeps the amaranth in the cooking pot. When you hear the popping is slowing down (as in popcorn), pour it into a dish and repeat until you have enough popped amaranth.1/4c Amaranth yield 1 cup popped amaranth.
How Can Popped Amaranth Energy Bar with Fruit & Nuts Make You Feel Great?
Burst of EnergyAmaranth, also referred as "Popcorn of the Gods" by the Serendipitous Chef, is as tasty and fun as tiny popcorn when it bursts on a hot pan. Amaranth proves to be much lighter than oats as the base for an energy bar, giving you easy access to enduring strength. Honey plays a dual role - it's stickiness makes it a perfect binder for the amaranth, nuts, and apricots, but it's the quick delivery of glucose that helps you feel a sense of relief after just one bite.
These bars boast a high protein content in an easy-to-munch package. Amaranth and almonds are both great sources of sustaining energy that is great for trail hiking, or simply a long day.
Homemade-SafeStore-bought energy bars are sneaky culprits for disguising processed sugars and preservatives in a health-food wrapper. They are such a tempting choice, teasing you with stamina when you're tired, simplicity and convenience. Fear not! You may still enjoy the easy nourishment of an energy bar by making this simple recipe at home. Dried fruit and honey are the only sweeteners you'll find on the list of ingredients. Popped Amaranth Energy Bars with Fruit & Nuts are exactly what they claim to be - healthy, nourishing, and satisfying.
Heart HealthyAmaranth has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood pressure, making this a great snack for the sweet tooth of kapha constitutions. Popped is the preparation of choice for those dealing with obesity, water retention, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure thanks to its drying nature.
Dry Quality & Vata
Dried energy bars provoke Vata unless each bite is chased with a sip of water. Dense, dried fruits must be chewed well for delicate Vata digestions. Otherwise, Popped Amaranth Energy Bars with Fruit & Nut are a healthy, compact, light snack.
Be Creative!Feel free to add any other nuts, seeds, or dried fruits into the mix. Some yummy ideas are Brazil nuts, walnuts, and pistachios, flax, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries. Allow this simple recipe to be your jumping off point into the fun world of homemade energy bars!
Discovered at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market, Keegan Crumpacker Catering, New Mexico.
WHAT IS POPPED AMARANTH ENERGY BAR WITH FRUIT & NUTS?
Amaranth grain was one of the staple foodstuffs of the Incas, and it is known as kiwicha in the Andes today. It was also used by the ancient Aztecs, who called it huautli, and other Native America peoples in Mexico to prepare ritual drinks and foods. To this day, amaranth grains are toasted much like popcorn and mixed with honey or molasses to make a treat called alegra (literally "joy" in Spanish).
Amaranth was used in several Aztec ceremonies, where images of their gods (notably Huitzilopochtli) were made with amaranth mixed with honey. The images were cut to be eaten by the people. This looked like the Christian communion to the Roman Catholic priests, so the cultivation of the grain was forbidden for centuries.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Popped Amaranth Energy Bar with Fruit & Nuts Good for Me?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
Heart & Circulation:
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
High Fiber Laxative
HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVEA class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
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How to Use Food AyurvedicallyHOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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