Just a few years ago, hardly anyone had even heard of Quinoa. Today, it’s considered practically a super food. I’m not sure I’d go that far, but it is nutrition packed and good for you. It’s something that is a little more challenging to prepare but it’s a nice change from grains. Also, since it’s not a grain, it won’t cause tummy issues for people with certain conditions and sensitivity.
7 Reasons to Eat Quinoa
- High in Protein – Adding a little protein to each meal is filling and aids in hunger reduction.
- Excellent Source of Riboflavin – Thought to reduce migraine attacks because it improves brain circulation between the cells.
- Great for the Skin — Quinoa has something called saponins which have antiseptic qualities that is very healing to the skin.
- Low in Calories – Each serving cooked plain only has 172 calories.
- Gluten Free – Since it’s neither wheat nor grain it’s completely gluten free. Some people report better health by cutting down on gluten in their diet.
- Low Glycemic – Eating low on the glycemic scale will help keep your blood sugar regulated, which will also cut down on hunger and reduce issues with diabetes.
- Can Aid in Weight Loss – Due to the fact it’s a filling, low glycemic, fat-free choice means that adding it to your diet can help you reduce your weight.
Aside from all those healthy facts, the recipes below look really great. And, you and I both know that when it comes to eating food, taste is important. It’s not just the nutritional components we look at when making food for ourselves and our family. Nutrition is high on the list but if it doesn’t taste good you’ll feel like you’re on a diet and tend to make bad choices due to deprivation.
Sautéed vegetables are good no matter what you put them with; why not try this wonderful Organic Quinoa Polenta with Sautéed Vegetables? I was really surprised at how much I liked this.
Now this one, I haven’t tried but it looks really interesting. Apparently, Quinoa can be used as a thickener in smoothies. Check out the awesome looking Chamomile, Strawberry, and Quinoa Smoothie recipe. Try it for breakfast or a snack.
How about a salad? This one, Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing looks promising. With the addition of avocado and quinoa it should be filling too, and might serve as an entire meal for a hot summer night, or if you just don’t want to cook much.
Get More Quinoa Recipes and Ideas
Quinoa offers a high-level of nutrition and versatility that you may not have realized. You can find a lot of good recipes in this cookbook, The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook, it’s sure to have a lot of other ideas so that you can add this nutrition powerhouse to your diet without regret.
It’s pretty clear that quinoa is versatile and can be used in more ways than you might have thought at first. What is your favorite way to eat it?