Millet shines as a filling golden grain that will pimp up your body with plant protein power and gets your muscles going. The golden orbs of millet even have something to offer in the beauty department. They’re gluten-free, easy to digest and have a unique flavor – numerous great reasons to crown millet your favorite grain.
Performance and power with plant proteins
Where can I get enough plant protein to build muscle and fuel my energy level? It’s a question that not only athletes who want to start eating more plant-based foods are asking themselves. A large 100-gram portion of millet provides you with 10 grams of protein. But it’s not just about the amount of protein – it’s also about its quality. The combination of essential amino acids in millet is really balanced. However, as with all grains, it’s lacking in lysin. That being said: compared to other grains, it is particularly high in leucine.
Gold medal for a muscle-building combination
Upon hearing the word “leucine”, many athletes will sit straight up and listen. Because this amino acid plays an important part in building and maintaining muscle tissue. Protein powders containing leucine are thus very popular for weight training. But we’d rather eat millet. That way, you can’t overdose on leucine. And a tasty dish made with golden yellow millet is just so enjoyable and full of flavor. By the way: Vitamin B6, which is also required to build muscle, can also be found in millet. So these little yellow orbs definitely win the gold medal for delivering performance with flavor!
Only the best for muscles, nerves and beauty
As if these little balls of protein needed any more arguments in their favor: Millet is also high in iron, rich in magnesium for your muscles, and contains vitamin B1 for your nerves, as well as zinc and fiber. Last but not least, our beauty also profits when enjoying millet. Because these small golden balls contain tons of orthosilicic acid (silicon), which is a building block for the skin, hair and nails.
Gluten-free and easy to digest
With so much nutritional power, it’s not surprising that the German word for millet (Hirse) comes from the Indo-Germanic word for “nutritiousness”. These deliciously nutty grains are not only gluten-free, but also easy to digest. To increase the protein power of millet, you can combine it with pulses such as chickpeas, soy, lentils, or with peanuts or cashews. Our millet porridge with almond milk is also an excellent protein combo.
Tip: Discover interesting facts about the quality of plant proteins and great ways to combine them in the article More protein power with a clever combination.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.