An interview with Ashley Fahey, Owner & Founder of Ancient Energy
WHY “ANCIENT ENERGY?”
A: Based in Des Moines, IA, Ancient Energy Amaranth Granola was started by Ashley Fahey after being introduced to Amaranth during a yoga retreat in Mexico.
The word “Ancient” is a reference to the historical importance of our granola’s primary ingredient, Amaranth. This superfood is native to the Americas and was a staple in the diets of many ancient civilizations including Aztec, Incan and Mayan. Aztecs valued its nutritional properties and ability to give a person strength and energy. Amaranth comes from the ancient Greek word meaning “life everlasting.”
The word “Energy” is a reference to Amaranth’s superior nutritional profile. The food you eat matters and choosing nutrient dense foods like Amarnath will benefit your health.
Ancient Energy is committed to providing real food that energizes your life. We also believe strongly that non-food choices are key to your energy and well-being. Nurturing healthy relationships, pursuing your passions, and maintaining your body through an active lifestyle are equally important. You’re important and your choices are important. Be intentional. So, do yourself a favor and ask yourself “what energizes my life?”
A: Amaranth is naturally gluten-free and one of the few plants to offer a source of complete protein since it contains all of the essential amino acids, including lysine, which is lacking in most plant-based foods. Amaranth therefore is a great food choice for vegetarians and vegans. It is packed with fiber and important micronutrients. In particular, Amaranth is a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.
Health benefits include enhancing the immune system, stimulating repair and growth, lowering inflammation and blood pressure, lessening varicose veins, and promoting bone strength.
Amaranth is a seed, but is considered a “pseudograin” since it is commonly used like a grain. It comes from the flowers of the amaranth plant, which are made up of tiny grain-like buds. This superfood was even a staple in the diets of many ancient civilizations. It has an earthy, nutty flavor and when heated it “puffs” which provides a light crunchy texture. We can’t get enough of it!
WHAT MAKES YOUR GRANOLA SPECIAL?
A: What’s special about our granola is that it replaces oats with amaranth and it is low in sugar with only 2 grams per serving. We think one of our customers said it best, “it’s not the super sweet clusters you’re used to…it’s so good. Gluten-free, vegan and a ton of other good-for-you ingredients.”
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO EAT THIS AMARANTH GRANOLA?
A: Try it as a topping on your yogurt, smoothie, oatmeal, ice cream, or eat it by the spoonful like we do! It also makes a great crunchy topping for your pancakes, toast, and fruit. We love to see the creative and delicious ways our customers are using it, so be sure to tag us on social media!
WHERE ARE YOUR PRODUCTS MADE?
A: We bake, package and ship all of our granola from Des Moines, IA. We are currently renting a commercial kitchen, but as demand grows we plan to find a partner and/or find our own dedicated commercial kitchen.