Quinoa is very fast becoming well known as one of the most healthy grains available. Although technically it is a seed, not a grain, the fact that it is high in protein, fibre, and other important minerals means that it can replace grains like wheat or rice as a staple dietary food.
The popularity of quinoa is increasing so much that it is becoming even easier to prepare, easier to find, and cheaper to prepare.
Many of us will remember the days when quinoa was sold in bulk 3lb (1kg) bags and had to be washed repeatedly to make it ready for food preparation.
These days you can find pre-washed quinoa that will be ready to eat in as little as 20 minutes.Two of the most popular replacements for quinoa are as a replacement for rice in savory dishes, and as a replacement for oats in sweet breakfast dishes.Due to the high-fibre nature of the quinoa seed, it acts as a regulator of your blood sugar and metabolism, and it also helps you feel more satisfied which reduces food cravings and can assist in weight loss.Here’s some more quinoa benefits:
1. Quinoa is high in minerals like magnesium, manganese and copper.
Magnesium intake can help in providing more restful sleep and improving heart-health. 2. Quinoa can assist in cholesterol reduction.
There are supporting studies in European medical-science journals dated in recent years (2009, 2010). 3. Quinoa contains ALL 9 essential amino acids (proteins) necessary for muscle and bone development and repair.
The best way to find out is to eat this remarkable food for yourself, and you will soon find out why quinoa is becoming so popular.
Quinoa is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the amino acids necessary for our nutritional needs. Complete proteins are rare in the plant world, making quinoa an excellent food for vegetarians and vegans, or for anyone looking for healthy protein source. It’s also high in iron and calcium, and is a good source of manganese, magnesium and copper, as well as fiber.
More about amino acids: Protein is an essential part of the diet as it provides amino acids that are the building blocks of protein in the body. Some amino acids are produced naturally in our bodies. Others have to come from the food that we eat – these are called essential amino acids. A diet which contains a variety of protein sources is ideal because a single protein source usually does not have all essential amino acids that we need.
Protein constituent breakdown:
A diet that contains a variety of foods is recommended by nutritional experts to have balance and an adequate supply of all essential nutrients. Quinoa may be a protein source worth considering.
There is more and more astonishing research coming out every day, to do with the benefits of quinoa eating and the impact it can have on your health.
First of all, there are a number of downsides to conventional/popular grains. The best example of this is wheat.
In fact here is a good article discussing the many issues and risks
But to summarise, here are the main benefits of quinoa…
- High protein value (above 15%) and with a complete spectrum of proteins (amino acids)
- Complete Nutritional profile, including high fiber, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, and copper.
- Easy to grow, easy to cook. (Similar cooking procedure to rice)
- Good for your digestive system
- Source of calcium
- Suitable for gluten intolerant people and lactose intolerant (lactards)
- Detoxifying power
oh yeh, and it tastes great!
More details to come on the studies and findings.! when I get my paperwork together ;P
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1 cup red or white quinoa, rinsed well
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups cold water
1 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup finely diced dried apricots
2 ripe avocados
2 spring onions, sliced diagonally
1/4 cup toasted slivered or sliced almond.
finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
In a bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, oil, coriander, cumin and paprika. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Rinse the quinoa, drain well. In a saucepan, combine quinoa, salt and cold water. Bring to the boil over a moderate heat, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork, spread on a large baking sheet and let cool completely.
Place cranberries and apricots in a small bowl. Cover with warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes or until plump, drain and set aside.
Peel avocados and cut into bite sized chunks. Place in a bowl and toss with 1 tbsp of the dressing to prevent discolouration.
Place cooled quinoa in a large salad bowl. Add cranberry and apricots, avocados, spring onions and almonds. Then add the remaining dressing and toss to combine