Polenta is a very delicious and healthy dish which is easily prepared and can be combined in various ways with many other ingredients. It’s made of white or yellow cornmeal. Polenta has a positive influence on the overall well being. The good thing about this product is that it’s gluten-free and it’s ideal for everyone-from babies to people who’re trying to lose weight, and people who have problems with their digestion.
Polenta is rich in minerals, nutrients, and vitamins and it has the power to prevent numerous diseases and conditions. It also contains natural fat, that is, carotenoids which better the bowel movement. This healthy food is a great ally in the weight loss process as it improves the digestion.
Polenta is healthy thanks to the cornmeal-one of the most important cereal grains, along with wheat and rice. It’s rich in nutrients and it’s a great source of folic acid, vitamins B6, K, and E, pantothenic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. What’s more, it has a sufficient amount of phosphor, magnesium, zinc, potassium, copper, selenium, and manganese.
Polenta is low-calorie so it’s the ideal meal for people who want to shed a few extra pounds. Hence, 100 grams of polenta contain around 380 calories. Polenta has only natural substances and its carbohydrates and lipids are beneficial for the human body.
Combined with yogurt or some veggies, every child will enjoy eating polenta. Another reason why this meal is excellent for children is that it prevents a sudden drop of immunity. Furthermore, polenta can reduce the risk of cancer. This has been scientifically proven at an American university. The research pointed out that polenta can reduce the chances of colon cancer and the occurrence of hemorrhoids.
Polenta is highly recommendable for strengthening of the colon and it also has an antioxidant effect on the overall body, not just the bowel. Moreover, thanks to the good fat in it, and the complex carbohydrates and fiber, polenta successfully decreases the bad cholesterol. Polenta is very beneficial for the cardiovascular health as well.
The difference between store-bought and homemade polenta
Store-bought polenta contains vitamin C and beta carotene, so this polenta is a bit richer in vitamin A and C than the homemade one. When it comes to the calories, carbohydrates, and fat, the amounts in the homemade and store-bought polenta are similar.
How to prepare polenta
Polenta can be prepared in two ways and each is simple and quick. The first way is to put 3/2 cups of water, a bit of sunflower oil, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan. Put the saucepan to boil. When the water has boiled, reduce the temperature to low and pour a cup of polenta and stir with a wooden spoon, not with a metal one, until the polenta thickens. You can add healthy seeds or your favorite veggie to the polenta.
The other way of preparation is to pour half a liter of water and one tsp of salt in a saucepan and put it to boil. When the water has boiled, you need to add 500 grams of cornmeal. The cornmeal will remain on the surface of the water. With a wooden spoon, make a hole in the center and leave it to cook on medium heat. After several minutes, when the mixture thickens, remove it from the stove and it’s ready for consumption.
You can also make delicious corn bread from polenta. Let’s take a look at the recipe:
150 grams of corn polenta
200 grams of flour
300 grams of low-fat shredded white cheese
1 tsp of salt
1 pouch of baking powder
200 ml of yogurt
100 ml of sunflower oil
First, preheat the oven to 200 degrees. In the meantime, in a bowl, mix the eggs until they become a bit foamy and then add the oil and yogurt and mix the ingredients with a food mixer. After you get a homogenous mixture, add the flour, polenta, tsp of salt, and baking powder.
Mix the ingredients once more and then add the shredded white cheese. Next, pour the mixture in a previously greased baking pan or cup muffin pan.
Put the pan in the oven and bake until the corn bread becomes brownish. You can insert a toothpick to check whether it’s done. That is, if the toothpick remains dry after you’ve removed it from the bread, the bread is sufficiently baked. Remove it from the oven and leave it in room temperature for 5 minutes before consuming it.
Polenta and yogurt diet
Yogurt is frequently used in diets because of its impact on digestion and weight loss regulation. When combined with polenta, the results will be even better. If you choose this diet, use only organic corn and prepare your own, homemade polenta. Consume a plate of polenta mixed with low-fat yogurt twice per day, in the morning and at night.