THINK BEYOND THE KERNEL 3 WHOLE GRAINS YOU CAN EAT LIKE POPCORN
When it comes to snackability, it’s hard to beat popcorn. It’s easy to make, has a satisfying crunch, and allows for endless seasoning options. That’s what makes it the most popular snack food by volume. In the U.S., Americans consume a whopping 1.2 billion pounds of popcorn each year. But did you know that there are three whole- grain cousins to the kernel that are equally delicious when popped?
lack of familiarity or their long cook times. However, since popping them takes less than 10 minutes, it’s a great entry point to varying your whole-grain diet! The Benefits Whole grains are great sources of fiber and protein, and these three powerhouse grains really deliver. Fiber has been shown to help lower cholesterol, move waste through the digestive tract, and decrease the risk of forming blood clots that can lead to heart attack or strokes. Harvard School of Public Health also notes that whole grains can help stabilize blood sugar levels and may even protect against some cancers. That’s because they contain phytochemicals and essential minerals like magnesium, selenium, and copper. The Technique Are you ready to get popping? Cook’s Illustrated magazine suggests this simple technique for grains: In a medium saucepan, add 1 quart of boiling water to 1/2 cup of wheat berries, kamut, or spelt and simmer for 15 minutes; drain well and let dry for 15 minutes on paper towels. Heat 1 tsp of neutral, high-heat oil (vegetable or coconut oil works well) in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the 1/2 cup of grains and cook while stirring constantly about 6–8 minutes. The grains will pop and “jump” in the skillet, turn a deep golden brown, and smell delicious. When that happens and the popping slows or stops, you’ll know they’re done. Sprinkle with sea salt and let cool before snacking. Eating a diet rich in whole grains can support you on your journey to having better health. And popped kamut, spelt, and wheat berries prove that journey can also be delicious!
The Grains While most whole grains
can be popped on the stove like popcorn, larger grains like wheat berries, spelt, and kamut are the ones that really
shine with a satisfying popcorn-like crunch and a delicious nutty flavor. Whole grains come with tons of health benefits, and there are many options to try, from well-known brown rice to the more obscure amaranth. But many people skip these grains because of a
MEXICAN CORN SALAD
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• 1/2 tsp ground cumin • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika • Salt and pepper, to taste
• 4 cups of fresh corn, cut from 5 cobs • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped • 1/2 red onion, diced • 6 green onions, chopped • 1 jalapeno, diced • 1/2 avocado, cubed • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
• 2 tbsp sour cream • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
• 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped • 1/2 cup cotija or feta cheese, crumbled
the remaining ingredients and stir together until well combined. Taste and adjust seasoning. 3. The salad pairs well with grilled entrees and can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
1. In a cast-iron skillet over medium- high heat, add oil and corn. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3–5 minutes or until corn starts to char. 2. Add the corn to a large bowl and let cool for 5 minutes, then add
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