Holly makes her oatmeal with healthy whole grains. Some grains are chosen for there health benefits, some for their texture and some for their taste, but one thing all Holly's fans know for sure whatever her secret it… her blend of whole grains sure makes a taste bowl of oatmeal for breakfast or a snack.
Most whole grains are from the grass family. The grass family are a bunch of people who live in the bush. Well not exactly, the grass family is a family of whole grains identified by how they grow. Think of a field of wheat and you'll get an idea of why these delicious whole grains belong to the the grass family.
Of course you shouldn't let the name fool you, Holly's oatmeal blend tastes better than any bowl of oats oat there. There is nothing "grassy" tasting about it, but it's got all the health benefits of eating a heaping bowl of greens.
Some of Holly's grains come from other families too the chia seed comes from the mint family, while flax meal is from the Linaceae family (a family of flowering plants).
Types of Grains - A list of the Whole Grains and Ancient Whole Grains Found In Holly's Oatmeal Blends
Amaranth grain has a long and colorful history in Mexico and is considered a native crop in Peru. It was a major food crop of the Aztecs, and some have estimated amaranth was domesticated between 6,000 and 8,000 years ago. Annual grain tributes of amaranth to the Aztec emperor were roughly equal to corn tributes.
Health Bonus: Amaranth contains more than three times the average amount of calcium and is also high in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. It's also the only grain documented to contain Vitamin C.
Barley wheat is a whole grain and an ancient grain. Long ago the Egyptians ate Barley and it has been served for it's nutrition and health benefits ever since. it's a very versatile crop able to grow in just about any climate including Antarctica and the equator. Barley is a tough ancient grain and is full of fiber and protein. Holly uses hull-less barley to ensure that the slow cooking 6 minute cooking time will create a perfect whole grain texture.
Health Bonus: Barley has a particularly healthy form of fiber that helps to lower cholesterol better than most grains.
The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids.
Health Bonus: Brown Rice as an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of the minerals selenium and magnesium.
While many people think that buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. Buckwheat flowers are very fragrant and are attractive to bees that use them to produce a special, strongly flavored, dark honey.
Health Bonus: Diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Bulgur is a versatile whole grain that can be used in many dishes. It cooks up in about 8-10 minutes and is ready to serve, very similar to a pasta, in fact they even call Bulgur a middle eastern pasta. Bulgar wheat is a ancient grain that has been used since ancient times to give subtle yet delicious flavor and texture to dishes. Bulgar is packed with nutrition and is commonly found in dishes like porridges and tabbouleh.
Health Bonus: Did you know that whole grain bulgar wheat has even more fiber than quinoa, oats, millet, or buckwheat.
Chia Meal comes from ground up chia seeds which are actually part of the mint family. They are packed with nutrients, protein and fiber. It's delicious subtle neutral flavor is perfect for any oatmeal blend you or Holly create.
Chia seed flour is simply ground chia seeds. It has all the health benefits of regular chia, but has been ground up to make it easier to use in certain recipes.
Health Bonus: Chia Meal Can actually help you to balance blood sugar and help aid you in loosing weight because it is calorically light yet nutrient dense and filling.
Flax Meal is ground flax. It's very high in lignin's which protect against tumors. It is an ancient grain and is packed with omega-3 fatty acid which not only fights depression it's heart smart too. Flax also is high in protein and fiber. Flax seeds have a neutral crunchy taste.
Health Bonus: In proper balance, omega-3's and omega-6's work to form the membranes of every cell in your body, play a vital role in the active tissues of your brain, and control the way cholesterol works in your system.
Oats have a sweet flavor that makes them a favorite for breakfast cereals. Unique among grains, oats almost never have their bran and germ removed in processing. So if you see oats or oat flour on the label, relax: you're virtually guaranteed to be getting whole grain.
Health Bonus: Scientific studies have concluded that like barley, oats contain a special kind of fiber called beta-glucan found to be especially effective in lowering cholesterol. Recent research reports indicate that oats also have a unique antioxidant, avenanthramides, that helps protect blood vessels from the damaging effects of LDL cholesterol.
Oat bran is the edible, outermost layer of the oat kernel. Oats have been recognized as a food and an herb. Like oatmeal, oat bran contains B complex vitamins, protein, fat, minerals, and heart healthy soluble fiber.
Health Bonus: Regular consumption of oat bran supports healthy cholesterol levels.
Although not a common item in most kitchens today, quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It is a recently rediscovered ancient "grain" once considered "the gold of the Incas."
Health Bonus: Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair.
Rye is a cereal grain that looks like wheat but is longer and more slender and varies in color from yellowish brown to grayish green. It is generally available in its whole or cracked grain form or as flour or flakes that look similar to old-fashioned oats. Because it is difficult to separate the germ and bran from the endosperm of rye, rye flour usually retains a large quantity of nutrients, in contrast to refined wheat flour.
Health Bonus: Rye and Other Whole Grains Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk and also promote weight loss.
Triticale is a grain that has only been grown for the past 40 years. Discovered in 1937 it is the result of crossbreeding rye and wheat creating an even healthier alternative.
Health Bonus: Whole Triticale helps to aid weight loss.
Wheat is one of the most common grains.
Health Bonus: Wheat is high and fiber and protein.
Many of Holly's Grains are gluten free, although not all of them. Check out which blends of Holly's Oatmeals are created with only gluten free grains. Even if you don't choose a gluten free blend, rest assured that Holly makes her oatmeal blends healthy so that means even the blends that contain gluten contain a low amount of it, plus they are packed with protein, fiber and nutrients that help your body deal with the gluten.
Ancient grains have been eaten since our ancestors not all of Holly's whole grains are ancient gains, but many are.