Quinoa: The “Superseed” for a Super Body!
Ever get tired of eating the same old foods and want to add something new, delicious and healthy to your diet? Protein packed quinoa (KEEN-wah) is an ancient vegetable seed that was discovered by the Incas thousands of years ago and was highly valued by their civilization. It was used in many of their traditional dishes since it was grain-like, easy to cook and loaded with healthy nutrients.
This amazing “superseed” provides so many wonderful benefits for the body. It acts as a protein powerhouse with nine grams of protein per cup. It is rich in iron, fiber, magnesium, riboflavin, calcium, potassium and antioxidants. It even contains eight essential amino acids! Furthermore, it acts as a prebiotic because it detoxifies the intestinal tract and promotes healthy gut bacteria. Having healthy bacteria in your gut is important for good absorption of nutrients, proper digestion and your immune system.
Quinoa has a low glycemic index; which assists the body in many ways. It promotes weight loss by digesting slowly in the stomach which leaves it feeling fuller longer. This yummy food keeps energy levels constant and cravings curbed since it prevents a spike in blood-glucose levels. Quinoa also protects the body’s precious arteries and blood vessels.
The flavor of quinoa is subtle and slightly nutty. It has the same look, feel and texture as couscous. It can be used as a side dish, a noodle substitute, stuffing or pilaf. Additionally, it goes great in soups and stews. Quinoa is a perfect substitution food for our ever growing population of people with gluten sensitivities and intolerances since it is gluten free. This powerful and delicious food can be found at a local Co-op market, Costco or online.
*This article was written by me, and published in the January 2013 issue of the Voice.
To your health!
Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)