Once an energy booster for Inca warriors, this super-food of the Andes provides complete protein, with all nine essential amino acids. It’s also low on the glycemic index, so it won’t spike your blood sugar. Four Seasons Organic Supermarket offers Ceres Quinoa at $14.90 for 400g.
It’s rich in rutin, a flavonoid that has potent antioxidant properties. It makes a hearty substitute for rice and is rich in heart-healthy magnesium.
A grain the size of a poppy seed, it has more protein than wheat and twice that of white rice. Initial studies in rodents suggest that amaranth’s high protein content can help lower cholesterol.