Quinoa is one of those foods that I kind of found very mysterious and scary because I didn’t know what it was. Always on a quest to find the healthiest foods I can find, since it kept popping up in healthy living articles, I wanted to learn more. I had no idea what it was but I was intrigued enough to try it. I was a little nervous about trying it (as was my family), but we loved it! It is so easy to prepare and can be used for so many different things.
What is it? Simply put, it’s is a nutritional supergrain! This protein-packed, complex carbohydrate grain has a slightly nutty flavor and is very filling. The seeds are easy to prepare and can be easily served in various recipes instead of rice, corn, wheat, or other grains. Its uses are virtually endless. Although it looks like a tiny seed, when cooked, it is light and fluffy. One cup has an amazing 9 grams of protein, compared with 6 grams of protein found in an egg.
What are its benefits? Quinoa is a low-cholesterol complex carbohydrate. With its high fiber content, it is digested slowly and does not negatively affect blood sugar (perfect for diabetics). This supergrain is also gluten-free and can be used in place of wheat for many with digestive disorders. It functions as a prebiotic that aids the intestines in processing food and helps the body absorb more nutrients. Quinoa is an ideal choice for anyone wanting to eat real food or to lose weight. I could go on and on about the benefits but I think you get the point!
Where can I find it? Quinoa is available in just about any grocery store or health food store. Usually, it is found near the flour and sugar area of the store. Some health food stores sell quinoa in bulk. The good news is that a little quinoa goes a long way and is extremely versatile.
How do I prepare it? Quinoa is super easy and quick to prepare. You first rinse off the seeds (I use a strainer to do this) and then combine 1 cup of quinoa with 1.5 cups water or broth and cook. It’s done when most of the water has been absorbed (usually around 20 minutes). After that, you can use the it in any way that you would use rice or any other grains. There are tons of recipes available for using quinoa that are super easy to prepare – below are some of my favorites.
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