5 Reasons To Include Quinoa to Your Diet
Quinoa is a grain that has gained a lot of popularity over the past few years although it has been consumed for thousands of years.
Here’s 5 reasons to include quinoa to your diet:
- The reason why quinoa is being hailed as a ‘superfood’ is because unlike other grains, quinoa is considered a ‘complete’ protein that contains all nine of the essential amino acids.
- It’s a good source of vitamins and minerals like:
- and fibre.
- It’s wheat-free and gluten-free. There is a lot of controversy surrounding gluten. It’s thought to cause inflammation which causes things like allergies, skin and digestive problems and lack of energy. Chronic inflammation is one of the main triggers for cancer, and for the reasons mentioned above, more and more people are now choosing to cut it out of their diet. Quinoa is a great carb alternative for those avoiding gluten or suffer from celiac disease.Not only is quinoa gluten-free, it also contains high levels of phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory compounds.
- I personally think it has a lovely taste and texture, which is always a bonus when trying to eat healthier. It has a subtle nutty flavour and the texture resembles couscous or bulgur wheat.
- Quinoa can be enjoyed as part of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s very versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways!
Where can I get quinoa?
Quinoa is now available in most supermarkets, usually on the ‘health’ isle where you find other grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. You can also buy quinoa online or from health food shops like Holland and Barrett.
How do I cook quinoa?
Quinoa is extremely easy to cook and is ready in 15 minutes. I would allow ¼ cup uncooked quinoa per person.
– Rinse ¼ cup of quinoa under cold water for a few seconds. This will remove any bitter taste from the grains.
– Add the quinoa to a small pan, then pour in ½ cup of boiling water. Cook over a medium/high heat until the water boils, then lower the heat, cover and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes or until all the water is gone.
Note: I usually add some vegetable stock to the ½ cup of water and lots of fresh lemon juice…tastes amazing! Add lots of beans, cooked vegetables and seeds/nuts for a delicious quick and easy lunch/dinner.