Quinoa: 7 Reasons to Eat Now
Tiny Little Grain Named Quinoa
Quinoa is packed with so many benefits for your body. This is the vegan’s protein packed angel. This is a perfect grain for the high raw food diet for daily recipes. Quinoa can be eaten with breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can take it to the sweet, spicy or savory side. Let’s look closer why quinoa is a great superfood to add to your diet:
High in Protein
- quinoa protein balance is similar to milk
High in Riboflavin
- assisting in migraines and can raise your metabolism
- not strongly alkaline-forming, it is comparable to wild rice, amaranth, and sprouted grains
- enough said
Complex Carbohydrate with Low GI
- good for weight management
- 172 calories per ¼ cup dry quinoa
If you are a high carb, low fat vegan, this should be your new best friend in your pantry!
Tips for Eating and Cooking Quinoa
- Always rinse quinoa. Place quinoa in a strainer, run cold water over it until the entire soapy residue has been washed away. You can taste test a few seeds; if they still have a bitter taste, run more cold water over them. Rubbing the seeds while rinsing with water takes away even more bitterness.
- You may add quinoa to your salad or make porridge. Also quinoa pudding is a great substitute for brown rice while quinoa flour is a great substitute in gluten free baking.
- Quinoa can even be popped like popcorn, a treat popular with Peruvian children.
- It is best to store quinoa in an airtight container; stored in the refrigerator, it will keep for three to six months.
Check out these recipes with quinoa:
- Gluten-Free Tabouli
- Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
- Apple Cinnamon & Quinoa Muffin Top Cookies
A Little History from Wikipedia on Quinoa
Quinoa (the name is derived from the Spanish spelling of the Quechua name kinwa originated in the Andean region of Ecuador,Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, where it was successfully domesticated 3,000 to 4,000 years ago for human consumption, though archaeological evidence shows a non-domesticated association with pastoral herding some 5,200 to 7,000 years ago.
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