I have always put Quoina on my “Power- food” list – but I am always surprised at how many people have never tried it! So before you continue to read – promise me one thing… you will try it… just once. You will be impressed.
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa) is an ancient grain and one of the world’s healthiest foods. Yes – I know that is a big statement – but Quinoa is great enough to deserve that title. It is very high in vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, calcium, vitamin E, iron, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, folic acid and beta carotene. Here is the best part – in one cup of cooked Quinoa there is 222 calories (similar to pasta and rice), 5gms of fibre AND wait for it…. 8gms of protein!! Quinoa is nutritionally superior in non animal protein making it a fantastic choice for vegans and those who need a little extra protein (runners, strength trainer’s ect.) and do not want to consume more meat or alternatives. Quinoa is also beneficial for weight loss and maintenance because the high protein and fibre content it will keep you full longer!
How can you fit Quinoa into your diet? Quinoa can be used easily as a substitute for rice. It has a slightly nutty flavour (think hazelnuts); it is fantastic in a curry as it can stand up to the spice. I also enjoy putting it on my salad (it tastes great cold), you can also eat it for breakfast as a hot cereal, I just finished eating an omelette with tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese, jalapeño pepper and 2 tablespoons of Quinoa. It was amazing and incredibly filling!! For my birthday I received the cookbook “Quinoa 365 The Everyday Superfood” by Patrician Green & Carolyn Hemming. It is a wonderful cookbook if you are ready to add another staple to your diet – this book will help you find ways to do it!!
Eat well – Feel well.