Porridge is a product that has been hosted on our tables for years. Some time ago, it enjoyed moderate popularity - it was not the most frequently chosen supplement in heavy Polish cuisine - of course, apart from barley and buckwheat. It's a pity. Currently, we have many species of groats on the market and we have been discovering this product for some time. After all, it's a way of light and tasty dishes. It is worth including them in your daily diet if you want to prepare healthy and wholesome meals. Here is a short text about what cereal is worth choosing and why.
The most famous kasha are produced from grains of barley, wheat, millet, maize and buckwheat. They form buckwheat, barley, maize, semolina, millet and oat groats. They contain a lot of magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, B vitamins. The average porridge has a lot of calories, but is well fed due to the high content of easily digestible starch. In addition, we also find a lot of vitamin E, called the elixir of youth.
The list of benefits of eating groats is not over yet. Popular buckwheat also contains a lot of protein, it is delicate and easily digestible. Buckwheat grains accelerate metabolism, lower the level of bad cholesterol. A lot of good can also be said about couscous. This variety comes from the Moroccan cuisine, but it perfectly suited our culinary tastes. It's made easy and fast. It is nutritious, neutral in taste, so it can be a base for salty and sweet dishes. Barley groats, in turn, have a lot of vitamin PP, responsible for the condition of our hair and skin.
And what about calories?
Healthy groats should not be missing from the menu of people who are slimming or using cleansing diets. For groats are much more nutritious than pasta, potatoes or rice. They easily digest, and due to the fiber content, they perfectly regulate the metabolism and accelerate the excretion of toxins. Most groats have a low glycemic index, which means that after eating a meal from the groats, energy is released for a long time, giving us the strength to work. This prevents wolf hunger attacks, and long-term provides a lot of vitality and improves the overall state of the body.
The caloric value of groats is similar. 100 grams of dry product is on average 340-390 kcal. Oatmeal is more caloric because it has more fat. The good news, however, is that the porridge will increase its volume after cooking. One hundred grams of dry groats give about 300-400 grams of the finished product after cooking, so its calorific value is de facto lower.
At home and at work
Which kasha is the best? The answer is simple. The one we eat the most. All dishes of groats are healthy and filling. Nutritionists, however, recommend coarse grain, eg buckwheat, which is made from whole grains, along with a husk, rich in fiber. For people suffering from shortages, millet is recommended, because it has the most minerals and vitamins. In turn, semolina, but also couscous and corn are easily digestible, so they are especially suitable for people who have problems with the stomach or intestines. They are recommended for convalescence and for small children. Semolina also relieves diarrhea, because it has slightly breathtaking properties.
An undoubted advantage is the fact that we can prepare groats earlier and if necessary, pull out the finished semi-finished product, gaining valuable minutes when preparing a wholesome and healthy meal. Salads with groats taste great both hot and cold, so you can also prepare them earlier and take them with you to work or to the university for a quick lunch. Such a meal is a great alternative to fast food.
What to start?
Even beginners should deal with preparing a salad of couscous, avocado, dried tomatoes and salmon. Buckwheat tastes great if you fry with slices of garlic, onions and Parma ham. Barley groats can delight the taste when we enrich with chicken, feta cheese and add colorful cubes of fresh pepper. Meat can also be replaced by tuna, or give itself groats with boiled vegetables, seasoning it with herbs. Also popular dumplings blend well with buckwheat and cheese. The groats will also change the doves themselves. You do not always have to do them with rice. It can be successfully replaced with kasha.
The taste of the dishes, the types of spices and the grits used will depend on your own preferences and culinary habits. Groats should stay on our tables permanently: they do not contain dyes, aromas, preservatives, and yet they can be stored for a long time. To vary the menu you can occasionally reach for exotic groats: bulgur, quinoa, amaranthus (podlinkować). Cooking with groats is the simplest thing in the world. Just drop the grits into the water and in a few minutes we have a ready dinner.
Do you know that:
• Buckwheat, due to the high magnesium content, is especially recommended for people who lead an active life. It also helps people who lead a stressful lifestyle and suffer from insomnia.
• Eating buckwheat has a similar effect to red wine. It strengthens the body, increases immunity, has antibacterial properties and slows down the aging process.
• If you want to encourage a child to eat buckwheat, remember that the example goes from above. We start the introduction of new foods from one teaspoon. At the beginning, the most important thing is that the child would like to try the porridge.
• To get rid of the bitterness, you can rinse for 2-3 minutes on a sieve under running water before cooking, soak for one hour and change the water before cooking.
• Jagiełło with fruit for breakfast is an ideal, energy-addictive breakfast for cold autumn mornings.
• To satisfy your hunger, you just need a portion of buckwheat-sized tennis ball.