If you are feeling a bit done with quinoa, maybe it’s time to get to know amaranth.

This tiny, golden seed is remarkably nutrient-dense, which makes it a perfect food to help bolster the body against the assaults of modern living.

Get Plant Powered

Amaranth contains roughly double the protein of rice and more of the amino acid lysine, which gives it a better amino acid profile for those who rely on plant proteins. It is also very high in iron: one cup of cooked amaranth has 5.5 mg of iron.

Keep Calm and Build Strong Bones

Amaranth’s calcium and magnesium content help keep muscles relaxed and build strong bones, making amaranth a great choice for supporting a healthy body.

Support (closer to) Local

Unlike quinoa, amaranth is being grown in the US and can be grown around the world, helping to minimize the issues around exporting an indigenous staple food that has occurred with quinoa. If your amaranth does come from abroad, look for fair trade varieties where available.

Enjoying Amaranth

You can pop it, use it to replace oatmeal or bake it into bars. Naturally gluten free, it is a great way to add variety and nutrition to gluten free diets. Need more info on how to cook amaranth? Click here.