Amaranth is a pseudograin, (like quinoa, buckwheat and wild rice) meaning it's actually seed but cooks up like a grain. It is considered by many to be a superfood - delivering twice the calcium of milk, a high dose of protein, fiber, complex carbs, iron, potassium and many other vitamins. Unlike acid-forming milk and dairy, amaranth is alkalizing to the system, which allows the body to more readily absorb its calcium.*
Amaranth is the bomb (can I still use that expression?). It's gluten free, tasty, and quicker to cook than rice. I've found conflicting information on the web about whether or not it is a complete protein - some say yes, some say no. What everyone seems to agree on, however, is that it's a nutritionally dense, high quality protein - a definite must-add to the pantries of anyone who is looking to eat well and feel good. (There are also studies that show it to be beneficial to those with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.) Try it in this simple, four ingredient breakfast dish and see how you like it.