Quinoa is the seed of a plant very high in nutrients. Despite not being technically a grain, it is still categorised as a wholegrain food.
It is a good source of antioxidants & minerals (manganese, copper, iron, folate, phosphorous, magnesium, zinc). It is an excellent source of fibre & has a low GI (glycaemic index) so it does not spike our blood sugar levels. It is also a complete protein source, meaning it provides all the 9 essential amino acids our body needs: as such, it is an excellent protein source option for people on a plant-based diet, supporting our muscles, bones, skin & blood. It is higher in protein than any other grain. It is also gluten-free.
Benefits of quinoa
- Support gut health, thus the prevention of many diseases
- Support heart health
- Helps weight loss
It is crunchy and has a nutty flavour. It is recommended to rinse & soak quinoa prior to cooking in order to reduce oxalates levels.
You can boil it & add it to soups, salads or as a side on any main dish.
I find it a great alternative to other grains & it is great to have something different isn’t it? What about you, do you like it? Do you have yummy recipes you want to share?
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