Quinoa, pronounced “keen-wah”, is actually a seed and not a grain, and is closely related to spinach and beets. It may have been a staple food for the ancient Andean civilizations, but today experts agree that quinoa is a superfood that packs a big nutritional punch. Who wouldn’t want to reap the amazing benefits of this superfood? Here are 6 health benefits of quinoa - big reasons to include this little seed in your weekly diet!
1. It’s a complete protein
2. It’s gluten-free
3. It’s high in fiber
4. It contains flavonoids Quercitin & Kaempferol
5. It's high in important minerals
6. It's Low Glycemic Index
Quinoa is readily available in most health foods stores, and cooks just like rice, and a 2:1 ratio of quinoa:water.
QUICK TIP: remember to rinse quinoa before cooking, as there is a soapy residue on the seeds that can cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Quinoa can be prepared for breakfast, as a side dish to any meal, it can be eaten hot or cold, or it can be added to any salad as a source of protein. It’s also one of the many delicious and nutritious options at The Salad Bar Maastricht, so ask for it with your next order!
I would love to hear about your favourite quinoa recipes so please feel free to share in the comments below!
- Dr. Crystal