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The tiny tan seeds can work wonders for your heart: Research shows that amaranth is an especially rich source of plant sterols, compounds that can help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol levels by blocking cholesterol absorption in the intestines. The seeds are a great choice for vegetarians who have a hard time meeting their daily allowance of iron; one cup provides more of the mineral than an eight-ounce sirloin steak.

Make It a Meal
Despite its name, this breakfast from Iserloh is a cereal, not a drink.

Get the recipe: Hot-Cocoa Amaranth