Originating thousands of years ago in the Andes Mountains, many people think of quinoa (pronounced "keen-whah") as a grain, but it's actually a seed. It has been known as "the gold of the Incas," it's treasured because of it's incredible nutrient profile.
If your looking to be healthier without giving up the things you love, look no further than quinoa. It's a super healthy and delicious food with many reasons you should be eating it. Here's my favorite 5 reasons:
1. Amazing Source of Protein!
Quinoa is one of the best sources of protein available to humans. Containing a very impressive amino acid profile (including all 9 essential amino acids), quinoa is a complete protein.
The protein and amino acid make up of quinoa make it a great option for athletes and active people. It will provide you great fuel and energy to tackle your busy days or tough workouts.
2. Quinoa is 100% Gluten-Free
For all of you gluten-free eaters out there...rest assured, quinoa is completely gluten free! With growing concerns about gluten in our diets, quinoa is a great option for people who are looking to steer clear.
3. Completely Allergen Friendly
How many of you pack your kids luches for school each day and wonder what to pack because it seems like everything violates some allergy rule set out by schools? Quinoa is a great option for allergen conscious settings like schools or even some workplaces now.
Choose quinoa as a healthy and delicious option that allows you to avoid all of the allergen friendly concerns. You can relax knowing you are in the clear!
4. Quinoa is a Nutrient-Rich Powerhouse Superfood
In recognition of quinoa superior nutrient composition, the UN officially made 2013 the "International Year of Quinoa." With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also contributes useful levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and dietary fibre.
Quinoa has been used by the ancient Andean communities for centuries because of it's amazing nutritional properties. It is known as a Superfood now because of the power it has to provide nourishment for the human race.
5. Quinoa is a Delicious and Versatile Food that Can Compliment Any Meal
Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring and tasteless. There is an abundance of delicious meals and snacks we can prepare that are not only delicious but also super healthy!
Quinoa can be used in many dishes to add a healthier and more nutritious option. We can substitute white rice or white pasta in many dishes for quinoa. Use it in your tacos or add it to your salads for a more complete nutrient profile. |
Quinoa also can be used in baking. Try Quinoa Flour as a replacement for all-purpose flour to give you a healthier option for pancakes, muffins, cakes, etc...
Anther great way to enjoy quinoa is with Quinoa Pops. Quinoa Pops are basically just popper quinoa grains. They are light, delicious and super healthy. Without any added ingredients or sugars, Quinoa Pops are a guilt free snack option to help us bypass those dangerous cravings throughout the day.
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Cameron Alksnis, is an avid supporter of a whole foods plant-based diet and holds a certification in Plant-Based nutrition form the Center for Nutrition Studies. He is a competitive triathlete and is a former professional soccer player.