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Discover the wonderful superfood called Quinoa. Quinoa is a plant based protein that provides all essential nine amino acids. Some people acclaim that quinoa is a whole grain but it is really a seed. Quinoa is naturally gluten-free allowing those intolerant or not to enjoy this nutritious food. Quinoa comes in a variety of colors ranging from white to black. In one single cup you attain eight grams of protein, five grams of fiber and several other vitamins,minerals and antioxidants including magnesium, iron, phosphorous. The antioxidants contained in quinoa are proven to act as anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant and anti-cancer through the quercetin and kaempferol. The glycemic index measures how quickly food raises blood sugar levels. Foods that have high glycemic index are said to contribute to obesity and further health concerns. Quinoa, on the other hand, has a low glycemic index at approximately 53. Quinoa is bountiful in benefits including a study showing humans improving in their metabolic health, reduce appetite through high fiber, and therefore contributing to potential weight loss.

How to cook quinoa:

  1. Add one of quinoa to two cups of water
  2. Bring quinoa and water to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to low to simmer until tender and most of the water is absorbed for 15-20 minutes
  4. Fluff with a fork and serve

Check out these websites for various recipes and tips on the powerful quinoa.

Quinoa BenefitsWestern Quinoa SaladQuinoa Salad with Asparagus, Sundried Tomatoes, Olives & Pine NutsApple Spice Quinoa GranolaQuinoa, Fruit and Nut Bars

How do you like to add quinoa to your meals?