POPPED AMARANTH ENERGY BAR WITH FRUIT & NUTS
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.
2. Coarsely chop dates, apricots, and almonds. Mix honey, salt and chopped ingredients with the amaranth. Place 1.5c of the mixture onto parchment paper and shape into a bar. A delicious and light snack.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Sink your teeth into a nutty, fruity, honey-sweet Popped Amaranth Energy Bar with Fruit & Nuts. Juicy apricots, nourishing almonds, and the light satisfying crunch of amaranth make this an energy bar set apart from the rest. Nothing keeps you going strong through a long day at work, school, or hiking like this easy recipe for stamina.
Burst of Energy
Amaranth, 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.
Store-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.
Amaranth 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.
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?
History of Amaranth from Wikipedia:
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 EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
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.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT HOT GUNA
Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
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ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT SWEET GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Nuts Seeds, Grains
Tree Nuts, Allergens
Resembles air (vayu) in quality - highly mobile, drying, light, cold, subtle, rough.
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Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Protein
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
An herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
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Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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High Fiber Laxative
A 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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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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I don't know if it's a high altitude thing. I live in Santa Fe, NM, which is 7,000 feet above sea level. I have struggled to pop amaranth and other grains. What do you suggest? I love puffed amaranth. I used to make energy bars with it...when a local restaurant sold me the amarant, I would use brown rice syrup and spirulina flour. Thanks for your time.
- Dorothy Martinez, Santa fe, NM 05-01-12
Dried fruit combines better with grains than fresh fruit. They are denser, and thus digest at relatively the same pace as the grain. Thanks for asking!
Having a hard time getting it to stay stuck together and hard enough to be anything like a "bar." Any suggestions?
- gangotri, NM 04-02-14
Gangotri, I would try putting them in the fridge or freezer before eating. That should work; it does for me every time! If not, try to make sure you're adding enough honey/sweetener.
- Jess, Allen park, MI 04-28-14
Almonds are generally a good option for Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
- Natalie Immel, Asheville, NC 05-01-15