Saturday, June 02, 2007

Boost Your Energy with Ayurveda Power Foods

Grains for Power Athletes have long relied on carbohydrates in grains for long-term endurance and energy. Yet not all carbohydrates are created alike. A croissant, for instance, is high in fat and low in nutrition. The most nutritious carbohydrates are whole grains, which have been found to lower cholesterol, inhibit cancer-causing activity and harmful bacteria in the intestines, and lower blood glucose level.

And of these whole grains, Maharishi Ayurveda considers rye, quinoa, amaranth and millet as the most nutritious, because they are especially high in protein and minerals. They are also high in fiber, and thus have a detoxifying value. These are the same auspicious grains that are described in the Vedic texts and are used for Vedic ceremonies.

One-half cup of amaranth (measured dry), for instance, contains 14 g. protein, 8 mg. iron, and also magnesium and zinc. The same amount of quinoa contains 13 g. of protein, 9 mg. of iron and 3 mg. of zinc. Rye is also high in protein, with one-half cup yielding 15 grams of protein and 4 mg. of zinc Millet is a good source of B vitamins.

All of these grains contain copper, which is an essential trace mineral that improves energy and immunity, and their zinc content also boosts ojas, the finest product of digestion that creates lightness, inner energy, immunity and bliss.

To prepare power grains, place 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Add a teaspoon of Ghee and 1/2 cup of the grain. Boil for ten minutes and then lower to a simmer. Cook until the grain is tender.

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