Most whole grains are from the grass family. The grass family is 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 the idea of why these delicious whole grains belong to the grass family.
Of course you shouldn't let the name fool you, Holly's oatmeal blend tastes better than any bowl of oats out 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. For example, 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, six 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 is 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 in about 8-10 minutes and is ready to serve, very similar to pasta, in fact they even call bulgur a Middle Eastern pasta. Bulgur wheat is an ancient grain that has been used since ancient times to give subtle yet delicious flavor and texture to dishes. Bulgur is packed with nutrition and is commonly found in dishes like porridges and tabbouleh.
Health Bonus: Did you know that whole grain bulgur wheat has even more fiber than quinoa, oats, millet, and buckwheat?
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, which 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.
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.
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.
Wheat is one of the most common grains. Researches have already proved that wheat is extremely beneficial for healthy living. Wheat considerably lowers the hazards of heart diseases, owing to its comparatively low fat content. It also regulates blood glucose in diabetic patients.
Health Bonus: Wheat is high in fiber and protein.
Chia meal comes from ground up Chia seeds, which are actually part of the mint family. They are packed with nutrients, protein and fiber. Its delicious, subtle, neutral flavor is perfect for any oatmeal blend you 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 balance blood sugar and help aid in losing weight because it is calorically light, yet nutrient dense and filling.
Flax meal is ground flax. It's very high in lignins, which protect against tumors. It is an ancient grain and is packed with Omega-3 fatty acid, which not only fights depression, but is heart smart, too. Flax meal is also 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.
Ancient grains have been eaten since our ancestors. Not all of Holly's whole grains are ancient gains, but many are.
The health benefits of almonds include getting relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, cough, heart disorders, anemia, impotency and diabetes. They also help in hair care, skin care (psoriasis) and dental care. Almonds are very nutritious nuts. They are a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. They also contain zinc, selenium, copper and niacin. Almonds contain the most nutrients in comparison to all other nuts.
We're told that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what exactly are the health benefits of apples? Here are just seven reasons to heed the advice of the old proverb: bone protection, asthma, Alzheimer prevention, lowers cholesterol, cancer prevention, diabetes management and weight loss
Apricots are unappreciated. Their high content of vitamin B17 (laetrile) effectively helps prevent cancer. The apricot's other health-building virtues include richness in easily digestible natural sugars, beta-carotene (a precursor to vitamin A and a powerful antioxidant), vitamins A and C, riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3). Apricots are also a source for lycopene, a carotenoid with potent antioxidant properties. This fruit is an excellent source of minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron and traces of sodium, sulfur, manganese, cobalt and bromine. And chew on this: since ancient times, humankind has used apricots in medicine and medical treatment.
Banana's have been proven to help in reducing depression. They contain tryptophan, an amino acid that can be converted into serotonin, which leads to improved mood levels. For those suffering from Anemia, bananas are relatively high in iron, which helps the body's hemoglobin function. They are also good for healthy bones, kidneys, blood pressure, heartburn and morning sickness.
Black Currants are more than just a tart tasty cross between a raisin and a cranberry; they are a vitamin C rich, potassium-filled and packed-to-the brim with vital and rare Omega-6 fatty acids. Not only are they nutritious, they taste great too! They are some of the most nutritious little berries on earth.
Black Currants are more than just a tart tasty cross between a raisin and a cranberry, they are a vitamin C rich, potassium-filled and packed-to-the-brim with vital and rare Omega-6 fatty acids. Not only are they nutritious, they taste great too! They are some of the most nutritious little berries on earth. Black currants have an endless list of health benefits. Here are just a few:
Dried cranberries do not contain any fat, making them a healthy choice for inclusion in certain meals. Dried cranberries are an ideal snack choice over chips or cookies. If you are having trouble eating the recommended number of servings of fruit each day, try to find opportunities to add dried cranberries to each meal. One serving of dried cranberries contains 3 g of dietary fiber. This is a significant amount for such a small serving of food.
Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. It's no wonder then, that in traditional Chinese medicine they are renowned for increasing strength and longevity.
With 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
Sweet, juicy strawberries, with their vibrant red color, can brighten up the flavor and look of any meal. They are not only delicious, they are low in fat and calories, high in fiber, and packed with antioxidants, which protect the human body from cellular damage from free radicals. Strawberries contain more vitamin C than other berries.
Sunflower seeds contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, termed "good" fats because they help raise HDL, or the good type of cholesterol, while lowering LDL, or unhealthy, cholesterol. The National Sunflower Association states that approximately 90% of the fat in sunflower seeds are unsaturated, or healthy, fats. The seeds also contain protein, which helps build and maintain muscle and tissue in the body. An ounce of sunflower seeds contains 12% of the daily value of protein, says the National Sunflower Association. Sunflower seeds also contain significant amounts of copper, zinc, iron and fiber. These minerals help with carrying oxygen to red blood cells and throughout the body, producing energy, maintaining the immune system, stabilizing blood glucose and blood cholesterol and preventing constipation.
Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. They are rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants like Vitamin E. Nuts in general have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol. Walnuts, in particular, have significantly higher amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, an essential to health. Strong evidence suggests omega 3 fatty acids protect against heart disease and stroke.
WOMEN: GET YOUR OATS FROM HOLLY'S
Holly's oats are high in dietary fiber, iron, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, and protein. Your body craves them all. Soluble fibers, like oats, reduce cholesterol, give relief from constipation, and have cancer prevention properties. Eating a daily serving of Holly's oatmeal is especially good for postmenopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardiovascular disease.