The Five Healthiest Grains

March 29, 2011

Parmesan Herb Millet Cakes


An Egyptian grain that's high in iron and has a slightly sweet molasses flavor. Quick to prepare, too! Only about 20 minutes. Gluten free! Try these Teff Ginger Molasses Cookies


Packed with manganese and antioxidants which aid in repairing cells. It's super quick to prepare (only about 15 minutes) and it's one of the healthiest grains (though technically it's a seed) that you can eat. Gluten free! Try this Gluten Free Quinoa and Corn Flour Crepes with Sweet Crêpe Filling or this Salmon Quinoa Risotto


Has more protein than any other grain! Gluten free! Try this Amaranth and Roast Veggie Salad


One cup contains 25% of your daily value for magnesium. It's also great for energy metabolism. Gluten free! Try these Parmesan Herb Millet Cakes

Wheat Berries

Slow to cook (about 2 hours), but contain about 10% of your daily recommended value for complex carbohydrates. Not gluten free. Try this Feta Wheat Berry Salad



Chris's picture

Why do food sites continue to classify quinoa as a grain? It is a seed, not a grain.

lostsoulhelpmejebus's picture

Since I live in a very rural location, unless I want to drive about 2.5 hours to the big city, none of the 5 grains you listed are available to me. I will keep them in mind just in case I travel somewhere that might have them.

Sheri Wetherell's picture

Thanks for the correction! I've edited the post.

Sheri Wetherell's picture

There are many online resources. Try, for instance. I like Bob's Red Mill brand :)

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Cooking competition's picture

LOL. I was also going to mention that Quinoa is not a grain. I love Quinoa and I've converted a few friends into fans. I have never tried Teff, but I'm going to look out for it. Thanks!