They may be ancient, but they sure are hip: ancient grains are higher in protein, fiber, and minerals than modern wheat. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Quinoa. The trendiest of the ancients, quinoa is the cool grain that just moved from the Andes Mountains to a small town of processed wheat that doesn’t allow dancing. But quinoa wants to dance. And OH how it dances! Loaded with protein, fiber, and flavinoids, this is a fantastic grain to cut loose to.
  2. Farro. (Sung to the tune of “Tomorrow” from Annie) Just thinking about/that farro, clears away the processed wheat and carb-os/til there’s none! Similar in texture to barley, farro is a super healthy way to pack in protein and energy.
  3. Chia. The seed, not the pet. We do not recommend eating Chia Pets. The gelatinous exterior clings to your cell walls and cleanses the body. Try submerging in water for a cheap, easy way to upgrade your daily nutrition!
  4. Freekeh. Get freaky with freekeh!! (You saw that one coming, didn’t you?). Low in fat and packed with calcium, iron, and zinc, this grain is right up there with the best of them.
  5. Amaranth. A total hipster grain, Amaranth was providing tons of protein and magnesium before it was cool. Dressed in skinny jeans and box-framed glasses and sporting high amounts of the amino acid lysine, Amaranth is a great choice for those who find most forms of wheat too mainstream.

 

Every day, science is drawing more and more connections between the foods we eat and the effects they have on our brains. Here’s a list of some foods that are really, really good for the brain — and which Soupergirl soups you can find them in!

  • Bring on the beans. All beans are magic beans. They stabilize blood glucose levels and provide a steady stream of energy to the brain.

Found in these Soupergirl soups: Zucchini Red Lentil, Tuscan White Bean, Brazilian Black Bean, White Bean Mushroom Kale, Roasted Corn & Bean, Creole Rice & Bean.

  • Sprinkle that sage. Sage — even its name is full of wisdom! Since 1597, sage has been thought to have beneficial effects on memory, and the research confirms it today.

Found in these Soupergirl soups: Zucchini Red Lentil, Summer Minestrone, Corn Chowder.

  • Tack on tomatoes. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a souper antioxidant that protects against damage from free radicals caused during dementia.

Found in these Soupergirl soups: Tomato Gazpacho, Tomato Basil, Creamy Tomato, Roasted Tomato, Old Fashioned Tomato & Rice, Summer Vegetable.

  • Bet on beets. The nitric oxides in beets boost blood flow to the brain. Brilliant!

Found in these Soupergirl soups: Beet Gazpacho, Creamy Beet.

  • Whole lot of whole grains. Whole grains promote good cardiovascular health, which in turn benefits the brain. And many contain Vitamin E and Omega-3’s. Let’s break bread!

Found in these Soupergirl soups: Italian Barley & Greens, Moroccan Style Harira, Asian Soba Noodle, Mushroom Barley, Quinoa Vegetable Basil, Old Fashioned Tomato & Rice.