10 Reasons We Are Crazy for Quinoa


The quinoa craze is here to stay. Quinoa is a healthful superstar and is changing the way many people see and think about grains. Try adding it into your weekly meal rotation.

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If you haven’t tried quinoa, now is the time. Quinoa pronounced "keen-wah" is a seed from vegetable related to beets, spinach and Swiss chard. And it has been gaining popularity as of late due to its high impact health benefits and nod to gluten-free eating. So go ahead and eat up.

Here are our top 10 reasons why we love quinoa:

1. Packed with protein. It is it one of the most high-protein foods you can eat (beating out rice, millet and wheat). Quinoa is also a complete protein, containing all essential nine amino acids.

2. Low in calories. A ¼ cup of dry quinoa contains only 172 calories.

3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron is an important nutrient for the body, it is responsible for carrying oxygen from one cell to another, and delivers oxygen to the muscles. Iron also aids in keeping red blood cells healthy and it is the basis of how hemoglobin is made.

4. Fiber-rich. Actually, quinoa contains about twice the amount of fiber as other grains. Fiber cab help protect against heart disease and diabetes. Fiber can also lower cholesterol, glucose levels and can potentially aid in weight-loss.

5. Gluten-free. Quinoa is not related to wheat or grains, so it is gluten-free.

6. Rich in Magnesium. Magnesium helps relax blood vessels, and that may help relieve migraine pain. It has also been shown to potentially reduce Type 2 diabetes through blood sugar control.

7. Also high in riboflavin (B2). Riboflavin has been shown to improve energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells.

8. Lots of lysine. Lysine is essential for tissue grown and repair.

9. High in Manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant that prevents damage to the mitochondria during energy production. It also protects cells from free radicals.  

10. Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate and low on the glycemic index. Those two things are great for weight management.

If that hasn’t sold you on why you should hop on board the quinoa bandwagon. Here is a list of delicious quinoa recipes you can try tonight:

Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

Quinoa Muffins

Quinoa and Beet Pancakes

Black Bean Quinoa and Citrus Summer Salad

Breakfast Quinoa

Kiwifruit and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa and Black Bean Casserole

Mediterranean Quinoa

*An important thing to remember when cooking with quinoa is to always rinse it in cold water.  Quinoa is coated in a chemical called saponin that is toxic for consumption. Eat quinoa in moderation to avoid consuming too much saponin.

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