I truly feel quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is under-appreciated. Brown rice is pushed so much in the health world, that quinoa gets shoved a little to the side. Most people don’t even know what it is much less the many health benefits. While quinoa is often referred as a whole grain, it is actually a seed and related to the spinach family. Quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley and corn. Quinoa contains all nine of the essential amino acids required by the body as building blocks for muscles. Thus, making it an ideal source of protein. It is also naturally gluten-free.
Quinoa is a complex (good) carbohydrate. This is fantastic because “good carbs” are slow burning, which keeps you feeling full for extended periods of time. Making it a great alternative for both, diabetics and those who are trying to watch their diet.
Quinoa is relatively easy to cook. It’s prepared in the same manner as rice. It’s versatility makes it easy to be enjoyed with any meal of the day. It can be purchased in either whole/natural food stores or online.
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