What Is Quinoa?
Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah,” has been traced back to the ancient Aztecs who considered it a sacred energy source. They called it “The mother of all grains.”
It really isn’t a grain, quinoa is actually a seed of a leafy green plant related to spinach and swiss chard. But it does have some amazing qualities. Unlike grains, Quinoa is a complete source of protein. It is also full of iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E.
This gluten-free, protein-packed, power-house is a great source of dietary fiber and can be digested easily. It rates low on the glycemic index compared to whole grains and contains 50 calories less per serving than brown rice.
There are many health benefits to adding quinoa to your diet including the fact that it:
- Increases Energy
- Aids Digestion
- Is Gluten-Free
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Alternative Protein Source
- Internal Cleanser
- Relieves Migranes
- Lowers Blood Sugar
- Plant-Derived Calcium
- Aids Weight Loss
- Promotes Cardiovascular Health
- Provides Antioxidant Support
- Relaxes Blood Vessels
- Reduces Risk Of Gallstones
- Detoxifies The Body
Quinoa expands three times its size when cooked. It’s unique texture is fluffy and creamy, but the tail of the grain adds a crunch. It can be an easy alternative to couscous, pasta, rice. It has a sightly nutty flavor which can be enhanced by toasting it in a dry skillet.
Quinoa can be sprouted (like alfalfa sprouts) and added to salads and sandwiches or ground into flour to create breads and muffins. It can be served as breakfast; a side dish; added to casseroles, chili, soups, stews and stir-fries; or used in place of rice.
How Do I Cook Quinoa:
- Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge
- Quinoa Tabouleh
I originally heard about quinoa several years ago. I even bought some thinking that I would try it. I never did because I didn’t know what to do with it. That package sat in my cupboard for over a year before I finally got up enough courage to try it. Now it is one of my favorite ingredients and my body always seems to be thanking me for eating it. I hope these recipes inspire you to try it too.
It is no surprise that vegetarians, vegans and people with gluten-sensitives all are huge fans of this amazing little seed. Maybe with a little more exposure it will gain raving fans among the masses.
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I have other great recipes in my cookbook HERE that use healthy ingredients like quinoa. The cookbook includes a recipe for Mexican Quinoa Salad that is a fan favorite.
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