As people become more health conscious, the array of foods including grains, continues to grow. More and more people are hearing about unique grains such as cous cous and quinoa. Some people call these grains ancient grains. If you live in a large city, they are easy to find. However, for those of us in rural areas, smaller cities or places like the deep south, it is difficult to find these ancient grains. For people living in these areas, buying these types of grains might prove a bit more difficult. Knowing where to look for them is the first step in changing one’s diet and in expanding taste buds.
Stores such as GNC sell items besides vitamins. It depends on the area of the country, but check with your local vitamin store to see if they carry any of the newer grains. If the store doesn’t have them in stock but they are sold elsewhere, ask about having the grain shipped to the store or ask if it can be purchased on their website.
Seventh Day Adventist Food Stores
Unless a person lives near a high populated Seventh Day Adventist area, this idea might prove difficult. Adventists are known for their health message and often are vegetarians, relying on other food sources for protein. Some grains offer an almost perfect protein and often are available at an Adventist health store. Check your local listing for the nearest one or search online for Worthington Foods, an Adventist food line that often carries hard to find vegetarian foods. One such site is www.vegefood.com .
Ethnic Food Stores
Recently I was in a Greek restaurant discussing different grains with my daughter. The waitress over heard and stated that she had never met a non Greek person who knew what quinoa was. She said that she often cooks with it and purchases it from a Greek food store in the city. Good stores to check for would be any Mediterranean,Hispanic or Chinese stores in the area.
Online Specialty Grain Stores
While purchases are sometimes more expensive from online stores, these shops often allow buyers to purchase in larger quantities, which in the long run might save money. A simple internet search will bring up several companies that specialize in selling grains. However, be careful in searching as many of the sites are geared towards beer grains instead of food grains..
Health Food Stores
For those living in larger metropolitan cities, health food stores and natural food stores might prove the best choice for grain shopping. Some of these types of stores include Fine Fare and Tradder Joes. Don’t leave out your local grocery store either, as more and more are starting to carry different grain options, such as barley and cous cous.
Adding grains to a diet is a great way to add fiber and proteins. Learning to cook these newer types of grains take practice, but recipes abound teaching new users how to cook and season them. Above all, have fun eating new foods and experiencing new tastes!