Quinoa Your Everyday Superfood
Quinoa is a food you can do so much with, and is super healthy for you to boot!
I first heard of Quinoa years ago (I can’t even remember exactly how we came across it). We immediately got into a “how do you pronounce it?” quandary. I said well, obviously it is “kin-oh-ah’. My wife said a friend of hers at work called it “keen – wah”. Well I laughed at her friend (but turns out maybe I was wrong…which is impossible, because I don’t think I am ever wrong…lol!) And then last year at our local fall fair, they actually had a cool food stand that cooked nutritious food (is that even possible at a fall fair…hidden amongst the fries trucks and jumbo ear stands)…and I order “kin-oh-ah”…and the guy actually rolled his eyes at me (like it was an onerous chore for him to correct the masses), and repeated to me, “so you would like to order some “keen-wah”? Believe it or not they were actually sold out, and I had to come back in 20 minutes, because they were overcome by the demand! Good food is catching on…even at fall fairs!
Quinoa is easy to cook
It is really easy to make quinoa, especially if you have a rice cooker, just put 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa. It can be cooked in a pot. I love quinoa with veggies! In fact one of my more favorite things these days is I take a soup stock, pour it in a pot, add a cup of quinoa, whatever cut up veggies I fell like that day (I always try to add different colours, like green and red and orange) and let cook over a low heat until the quinoa is all sprouted (yes it actually sprouts as you cook, which makes it even more nutritious), and it still has some soup present. I eat some right away, it is hot, filling, but also goes down easy. I always cook more quinoa than I want, then snack on it for the rest of the day, and refrigerate what ever is left.
Quinoa is highly nutritious
Quinoa is often labeled as a grain, but is in fact a pseudograin…actually a seed. It does not contain gluten, which makes it an alkaline-forming, easily digestible option for those who are gluten-intolerant. (and this number seems to grow every day).
Quinoa is very light. It has high levels of vitamin B, which helps convert carbohydrate into energy. It is a source of potassium, iron, and protein, as Quinoa is about 20% protein. It has all 8 essential amino acids. It also is said to have 2 antioxidant phytonutrients, and contain anti-inflammatory nutrients (which may help against cardio vascular diseases).
Here are two links you might find interesting. This link talks in-depth about the health properties of quinoa, and this link I include because they have a crazy amount of quinoa recipes (I am sure not all of them are good for the 21 Day Health Transformation, but you can have some fun looking at them!)
Years ago, I gave up using white rice (and so has my wife…and believe me that is no easy feat for a Philipina…as rice is so engrained in their culture!) Try it! I really think you and your family will like it!