Millet originated more than 4,000 years ago from a wild west African grass.

This superfood tolerates adverse growth conditions and serves as an important food source in many parts of the world. Plus, it grows great here in Colorado, and has one of the lowest water requirements of any grain crop.  Millet is a pseudo grain and a member of the grass family Poaceae which produces a dry, edible one-seeded fruit, “caryopsis,” commonly called a kernel, grain or berry.  The grain is small, round, and relatively soft with a mild flavor. Millet is one of the least allergenic and most easily digestible grains out there. In today’s world of acidic foods, it’s nice to have an alkalizing grain in your diet, such as Millet. This tiny whole grain is gluten free and packed with vitamins and minerals.

In August the mature millet, no harvest

Proso millet

-There are many types of millet, but we use the highest quality millet for our tots- proso millet!  Proso millet is rich in vitamins and minerals, making our tots one of the most nourishing, guilt free treats you can find.  

-Recent studies also suggest that proso millet can help  protect against of cardiovascular diseases, “proso millet may prevent cardiovascular disease by reducing plasma triglycerides in hyperlipidemic rats”(Saleh).

High magnesium- and why we love it!

-According to The National Institute of Health, magnesium protects against osteoporosis, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and migraine headaches.

-Magnesium is especially helpful for diabetics, it stimulates the levels of insulin, increasing the efficiency of glucose receptors in the body, keeping blood sugar levels balanced.   

An exceptional source of phosphorus

-Phosphorus is essential in the development of healthy bones and teeth.  It also helps repair muscle tissue as well as improve kidney function and muscle contraction!  

-Phosphorus helps neutralize acids in our blood, keeping our pH balanced and healthy.

Finally, a gluten-free whole grain rich in fiber-that kids will love!

-Ever notice how hard it to get kids to eat whole grains?  Our tots are a fun way to increase fiber intake for you and your kids!  

-Eating whole grains that are fiber rich keep you feeling full for longer while promoting healthy and regular digestion.

-When it comes to complex carbohydrates, whole grains are a great source of fuel to keep your energy levels up as well as keep you full!  You might be asking yourself, what are complex carbohydrates? Complex carbohydrates are foods like whole grains, starchy vegetables or legumes just to name a few.  Complex carbohydrates have longer chains of sugar molecules, so it takes more time for the body to break them down, keeping you feeling full for longer and giving you lasting energy, without any peaks or crashes.  

-Whole grains also protect against cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Folate

-Folate is also a B vitamin, it is also known as vitamin B9

-Folate is especially vital to pregnant women- according to the USDA, “Eating grain products fortified with folate before and during pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects during fetal development,“Eating grain products fortified with folate before and during pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects during fetal development” (USDA)

-Folate is also used to make DNA and other genetic material in the body  

-Folate also promotes healthy product of red blood cells and cell divison

Niacin

-Niacin is one of the eight B vitamins, also known as vitamin B.

-According to The Mayo Clinic-niacin has protective properties, “It helps keep your nervous system, digestive system and skin healthy.”(Mayo Clinic Staff)

-Niacin is commonly found in milk, meat and cereal products, so it can be difficult for those with allergies to get enough niacin!

-Niacin helps in raising HDL (the good cholesterol) and lowering LDL (bad cholesterol).   Niacin can be an aid in lowering cholesterol for individuals who cannot use statins.

Protein

-Protein is essential in our everyday diets, we need it to keep our cells functioning, to rebuild and repair muscles, and to create enzymes and hormones in our body.  Needless to say we can’t live without protein!

-Protein also promotes healthy brain development for children.

-Getting enough protein when you have dietary restrictions such as a vegetarian, vegan, nut free or gluten free can be a challenge, but before you fret, check out our blog post on the benefits of plant based protein! https://rollingreens.com/protein-and-plants-a-match-made-in-heaven/

-A recent study from the National Institute of Health found, “Recent evidence suggests that an increased intake of protein, particularly plant protein, may lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.”(Appel)

Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty acids-the fats our body cannot make but need!

-Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are essential for the body, but our body’s cannot make them so we must get them from our food sources.

-Many individuals take expensive supplements and vitamins to get their Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, but why make getting the nutrients we need so boring and costly?  Don’t worry, millet’s got you covered.

-Omega 3 Fatty Acids

-increase HDL (good cholesterol) in the body

-Omega 3 fatty acids not only help you physically but are great for mental health!  They have been know to reduce symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder as well as improve brain function and memory.  

-Omega 6 fatty acids  

-While many Americans get too much Omega 6 fatty acid from processed baked goods and fast foods, Omega 6 fatty acids are still crucial for the body-just in moderate amounts!  

-Omega 6 fatty acids can lessen the risk of diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, and lower the risk of heart disease.