Quinoa has become known as one of the world’s “superfood.” It is loaded with protein, fiber (almost twice as much as other grains), and minerals. Quinoa holds the title of a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids – which cannot be made by the body and therefore, must come from food. In addition, quinoa has a low glycemic index, is a powerful antioxidant, and is gluten-free.
Quinoa has been found helpful in:
- Assisting with weight loss through increased metabolism and decreased appetite
- Strengthening the immune system
- Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure
- Fighting aging and diseases due to its high levels of antioxidants
To get the most out of quinoa, try sprouting it, by soaking it in water for a few hours. This reduces the amount of “anti-nutrients,” which inhibit the absorption of other nutrients. This superfood is also very easy to add to salads, smoothies, or even in place of oatmeal.
Featured Meal: Greens and Ancient Grains
The Greens and Ancient Grains Bowl is rich in Vitamins A and C, contains no allergens, and only yields 760 calories. In this bowl. quinoa is blended with farro and mixed in with shredded kale, arugula, tomatoes, corn, chickpeas, broccoli, shredded white cheddar, and then drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing.