Everything You Need to Know About Quinoa

Everything You Need to Know About Quinoa

Everything You Need to Know About Quinoa

By now you have probably already tasted quinoa and know exactly how to pronounce it (“keen-wah”). But, if you haven’t become familiar with this amazing grain, it’s time to learn.

Quinoa, is a grain native South America, grown for it’s edible seeds. It is an extremely nutritional grain that provides many health benefits to the body. It is an easy to cook, whole grain that grows in a rainbow of colors, though it is the red, white and black quinoa that are most popular. Quinoa is well known for it’s high levels of protein, but mainly recognized for the type of protein rather than the amount. Quinoa impressively contains all nine amino acids, essential for the human body. Thus, making it a complete protein, which is rarely found in plant based foods.

From immune boosting properties to managing high blood sugar, anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy benefits, Quinoa is a must have when it comes to health and healthy eating. This whole food, super grain is also super easy to cook, as it cooks similar to rice. Combine 1 cup of quinoa to every 2 cups of water, bring to a boil, lower heat and cook for about 15-20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and enjoy!

Nutritional benefits of this crop:

1. High in protein

Quinoa contains twice the amount of protein compared to rice.

2. Low fats and calorie content

With very few calories and a low fat content, quinoa is a great food for weight loss and health.

3. Contains dietary fiber

The high levels of fiber can help curb constipation, improve bowel movements and prevent other digestion related ailments.

4. Includes calcium

Quinoa is also said to contain a good amount of calcium, improving the strength of our bones and teeth.

5. Provides vitamin E and B complex

Both vitamin E and B complex vitamins are crucial for the growth and development of the human body. These vitamins also play a role in hair growth, healthy vision, brain and skin health.

6. It is gluten-free

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and can easily be consumed by those with a gluten sensitivity or celiac’s disease.

In addition to high levels of fiber and protein, quinoa also provides the body with omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium and manganese. Combined with it’s powerful antioxidants, quinoa is also believed to have anti-aging properties, as well as weight loss benefits, as it keeps you full longer.

A few tips on cooking and eating quinoa:

  • Check the packet of quinoa before you buy, to ensure it is properly sealed, so that its freshness is maintained.
  • Store quinoa in an air-tight container in a dry area.
  • Remove the coat covering the quinoa seeds (saponins) for better taste.
  • Be sure to rinse quinoa properly before cooking it, this also helps in removing the saponins.
  • If you can cook rice, you can cook quinoa!
  • Quinoa can be served as a side, added to baked goods, salad, oatmeal, soups, stir fries and much, much more!

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