This parfait is called ancient due to its star ingredient the 'Amaranth' which dates back to 8,000 years ago; it was cultivated by the Aztecs as their primary consumption prior to Spain's invasion. Although called a grain, it's actually a seed. The high nutritional value of this seed is high in protein, higher fiber alternative, high magnesium, high in calcium among some. Some sources also state that this seed help regulate menstrual cycles, reduce cholesterol and help fight cancer. Another ancient seed in our parfait; the 'Chia Seed'. It dates back to the Mayans and Aztecs. Also, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and calcium. In reality all the ingredients in this recipe are quite ancient and have exceptional healing and nutrional properties.
Ok, so now to our ancient parfait recipe. It's quite simple to make. Only a few pointers on the Amaranth ingredient. This seed can be cooked in two ways; boiled in water for a puree texture or popped in a hot empty pan for a popcorn look and feel. For this recipe, I'm opting for the popcorn style. I also suggest doing a quick YouTube video search to watch how it is done. This will avoid waste of food. It might take a batch or two to get it right. The key is to bring the empty pan to a very hot state(medium high) and pour in half a tablespoon at a time of Amaranth(they should be popping immediately, if not--that means the pan is not hot enough), move it around continuously and once the popping stops, pour out the popped Amaranth to a bowl immediately or they will burn. Trust me, you are going to want to see a couple of videos(see before and after picture below). Also, you might want to have a lid at hand, those suckers will jump all over your stove--and floor. Everything else in the recipes is a given and very easy to make.
1 Cup Greek Yogurt (Farm fresh or Fage brand--less chemicals and preservatives)
2 Tablespoons of Raw milk or organic grass-fed milk.
2 Tablespoons of Chia Seeds
2 Tablespoons of Amaranth
1 Small Banana
A few Goji berries as a topping
Makes 1 large or 2 small servings.
May your food be a blessing and healing to you!
Resources: WebMD, Naturisima
Written by Mariana