Ancient Grains 101: Millet-Chia

Millet and chia seeds are both ancient super foods that are beginning to play an important role in a healthy gluten free American diet. For thousands of years people all over the world have been reaping the benefits of these culinary powerhouses. Nutritionally rich and fiber-packed, millet and chia seeds deliver a tremendous nutritional boost and are a smart addition to a daily diet.

Millet is not only tasty, but also rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, riboflavin, thiamin, phosphorous, Vitamin E, lecithin, methionine, protein, and fiber. Millet grasses can grow in poor soil and arid climates requiring very little water.  So not only is millet good for our bodies, growing the crop is gentle to our planet. Considered non-allergenic, we use the small rounded seeds of the millet grasses to make highly alkaline foods, which are easy to digest and soothing to the stomach. Although millet can be used to make a variety of products from beer to couscous, we most commonly see it as a main ingredient in gluten free bread.

Udi's Gluten Free Millet-Chia BreadWhen we hear the word chia, most of us think of the little terracotta planter that sprouts when watered. That association is soon going to change as more people learn of the incredible health benefits of the little dynamo. Chia seeds were once a revered staple in the diets of the Aztecs and Native Americans of the southwest. The seeds were consumed not only to build strength and endurance, but also for their tremendous nutritional value and their medicinal properties.

Chia seeds come from the desert plant, Salvia hispanica. The richest known plant source of omega-3, the seeds are brimming with fiber, antioxidants, and protein. Full of vitamins and minerals, chia seeds are also easily digestible. The seeds have an incredible ability to absorb up to 14 times its weight in water. Consumption of chia not only helps to keep blood sugar levels under control, it also slows down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates making us feel full while eating fewer calories.

Alone, millet and chia seeds are tremendous sources of protein, fiber and omegas, but can you imagine the health benefit of combining the two super foods? Well, Udi’s did and they created gluten free bread that not only tastes great, but is brimming with an abundance of nutrition. For a quick breakfast, toast a couple of slices of Udi’s Millet-Chia bread, top them with almond butter and sliced bananas, and reap all the wonderful nutritional benefits from nature’s top two super foods!

– Bea Lavelle

 

6 Responses to “Ancient Grains 101: Millet-Chia”

  1. lael says:

    This bread is GREAT! Finally a gluten free bread that tastes like a multi-grain bread! This bread is soooo hard to find though! I usually buy ALL of the loaves they have in the store and then freeze them! I wish I could order it on this website??!!

  2. Riley says:

    When will this product be available online or in stores

  3. Melissa Coulter says:

    LOVE this bread! My boyfriend and I bought a loaf on Saturday and were thinking about getting out to get another on Monday! (We hadn’t eaten all of it just yet…we were merely planning ahead for when we were going to be out of it!) :D

    We’d love to see this bread with some caraway seeds! It would make a great pseudo German loaf!

    Kudos to you, Udi’s! We love your products!

  4. Ann Waecker says:

    This bread is great! I had some this morning and, as much as I love Udis white and whole grain breads, I really yearned for a different type of gluten free bread. This tastes great and packs a nutritional punch! Extra protien and fiber. YAY!

  5. Gloria says:

    I am very anxious to try this bread. I am a real Chia fan, and I love the crunchy texture of millet when it tops traditional breads. In my past I wouldn’t eat a bread without fiber, so it pains me since I have been experimenting with Gluten free living,(not Celiac, But Believe I am Gluten Sensitive) to have so few high fiber choices in breads and baked good products….I do love your multi grain bread and think it makes a sensational grilled cheese! any insight on why there isn’t any fiber added to gluten free products? I’ve experimented with it a little and found out I’m no chemist… can you email me with a reply?

  6. gillian says:

    When will these be available??

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