Why You Should Eat Quinoa...

To kick off the summer season, I would like to celebrate an AMAZING FOOD that is healthy, delicious and versatile! I’ve been cooking up a storm with quinoa lately. The more I eat it, the better I feel!

During the fall and winter months, I enjoy it in hot breakfast cereals, chili, and casseroles. In spring and summer, I love to use it in a variety of salad recipes. Quinoa can be prepared in a variety of ways. You can use it in place of rice and pasta in almost any dish! Try these delicious recipes:

Cheesy Quinoa Casserole
Greek-Style Quinoa Salad
Black Bean Quinoa Salad
Stir-Fried Quinoa
Mexican Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain; it is actually a seed and related to the spinach family. When cooked, quinoa is light, fluffy, and has a subtle nutty flavor.

Quinoa is one of the most complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Health Benefits of Quinoa:

  • Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles, which makes it a complete protein. One cup of quinoa has 9 grams of protein, even more than the protein-rich egg! Because quinoa is protein-packed, it is a terrific choice for anyone seeking an alternative to meat, eggs and dairy products as a protein source.
  • Quinoa contains high levels of Magnesium. This helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Those who have fibromyalgia and other musculoskeletal disorders can benefit from eating quinoa.
  • Quinoa is also high in fiber and digested slowly. It will leave you feeling full while providing more nutrients than breads or cereals made of refined grains. It is low on the glycemic index, so it will help to stabilize your blood sugar.
  • Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate and acts as an internal cleanser helping food move through the digestive tract. Quinoa can also help prevent constipation and bloating. For this reason, it is a superb food to eat while detoxing or cleansing!
  • Quinoa is gluten free. It is a perfect alternative to those who are allergic to wheat or have gluten-sensitivities.
  • Plus, many, many, more!

    Here are more healthy quinoa recipes that were entered in the quinoa recipe contest!

    Quinoa can be found in most grocery stores. Look in the natural foods section, near the rice, in the gluten-free section or sometimes in the ethnic aisles. Some stores may not carry it, but there are many options to buy quinoa online!

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