Custombodz will be releasing a series of posts throughout the week focusing on super foods that we all should be adding to our daily eating plan. All of these foods are suggested on the Custombodz FAT LOSS eating plan.
What is Quinoa? (pronounced keen-wah).
Quinoa is actually a seed. Quinoa has a rice-like appearance with a crunchy texture and slightly nutty flavor.
What makes Quinoa so original is that it taste like a grain but it's also a good source of protein. Quinoa is a complete protein, which means it supplies the body with all nine essential amino acids. As you may have already learned from Custombodz FAT LOSS eating plan; it is vital to have good sources of protein is in our daily eating plan.
Let’s do a quick run down of the nutrients in quinoa.
Quinoa is loaded with dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and phosphorus. Magnesium, along with riboflavin. Manganese joins with copper to form an enzyme, which guards against cell damage caused by free radicals. Quinoa is especially rich in lysine, the amino acid that is essential for healthy tissue growth as well as repair.
The health benefits gained from including quinoa in your diet include helping reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cataracts, and gallstones.
Quinoa is a great way to stay on a weight loss program without starving.
Because quinoa is lower in carbohydrates than other grains, it releases energy slowly throughout the body, to satisfy your appetite longer.
If you are eating a gluten-free diet,quinoa is a great choice.
Because quinoa is gluten-free, and has many of the same characteristics of grains and rice, there are numerous ways to use quinoa in your recipes.
Quinoa is cooked similar to rice; (you can find it in the rice aisle in your local supermarket) Cooked quinoa has a nice light texture and a mild, slightly crunchy and nutty flavor. Once cooked, you can use quinoa in many pilaf dishes, adding vegetables, stocks, and seasonings to taste. Just try substituting quinoa into any of your recipes that call for rice and see how you like it. Quinoa also makes a really great side dish all by itself, add herbs and seasonings if you like and serve alongside chicken, fish, or meat.
Fitting quinoa into your healthy diet is not difficult with all these choices. Once you include quinoa in your diet, you'll be looking for all sorts of ways to serve it.
This is a very versatile super food that deserves a spot in your pantry.