Millet is that little grain that seems to be used in bird seed as a filler. Certain birds won’t touch it but others will scavenge it off the ground later. Did you know that millet is a super grain? We should be eating it more often. Here are some reasons why.
- It is made up of about 12% protein. You really don’t need to eat meat to get enough protein when you include super grains like this.
- A cup of cooked Millet has over 2 grams of fiber. That’s not a ton, but packed with the protein it’s a decent amount.
- Millet offers a decent amount of many micro-nutrients.
- Vitamin B6 – Crucial for your body’s nervous system.
- Iron – Don’t eat a steak before you want to give blood, eat millet for breakfast a few days.
- Magnesium – Also helps the nervous system but more toward the muscle side of things.
- Zinc – This helps regulate cell division in our bodies among other things.
- Copper – Essential for creating red blood cells and our body cannot produce it therefore we need a steady supply in our diet.
Not only is millet packed with essential micro-nutrients, they are combined in a way that allows your body to actually synthesize and use those essential elements. Carbs are not the enemy. Foods lacking micro-nutrients are the problem. This is why I start my day with a super grain like millet, buckwheat or quinoa now.
Millet is becoming a favorite for me as it cooks fairly quickly on the stove and it doesn’t leave a completely crusted over pan like quinoa. It is a bit dry and many will want a sweetener to help it but here is a simply way to create a millet porridge in the morning.
- Boil 1 cup millet in 1 1/2 cup water.
- About 8 minutes in when much of the liquid has been absorbed but there is still a little bit left add 2 Tbs maple syrup. Turn down the heat and let the rest absorb in 10 minutes or less.
Add more flavor by:
- Add 1/4 cup of almonds at the beginning of the boiling process
- Add 1/4 cup of raisins at the beginning of the boiling process
- Add frozen fruit to the bottom of your serving bowl.
Next I want to try millet as a substitute for rice, but I know I will have to figure out the spicing to make sure my kids will eat it with me. More to come after I try something.