Quinoa is seen by many as a superfood. it has 9 essential amino acids making it a complete protein. Nutritionally speaking 1 cup of cooked quinoa will give you 11 grams of protein. It is also a really good source of calcium (supposedly more than milk), manganese, iron, copper, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, zinc, vitamins B&E, lignans and tryptophan. Its fiber and protein make it a low glycemic food meaning steady blood sugars for hours after eating it. When you eat about 1/2 a cup you will recieve 2 grams of Omega fatty acids.
"Quinoa is close to one of the most complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients. When sprouted it is truly a superfood."Quinoa when cooked is light and fluffy with a slight nutty flavor. It is very easy to cook, just like rice. Just put one part quinoa and two parts water in a saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes.
Quick recipe ideas:
- Mix a quick salad with bell pepper, red onion, black beans, black pepper, lemon juice and olive oil, mix together with quinoa
- Sautee garlic, onions and spinach with coconut oil to top your quinoa with
- replace rice, barley and couscous with quinoa in your recipes
- eat quinoa for breakfast with coconut milk, nuts and dried fruit
Tomorrow I will be posting directions for a quinoa salad and quinoa pudding. They are both vegan, vegetarian and gluten free!
- An A-Z Guide to healing food a shopper's companion by Elise Marie Collins Copyright 2009