Benefits of Quinoa ✨
It’s one of the only plants that contains a complete protein, “which means it provides all the essential amino acids we need for good health,” says dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick. Our bodies don’t make all of these amino acids on their own, so we rely on our diets to supply them. Usually, only animal products like meat & eggs are able to provide all at once. Protein helps promote a healthy immune system and skin. It is nutrient dense grain. Rich in needed minerals such as calcium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, selenium, potassium, iron & copper. 🔸 High in iron
🔸High in fiber which is important for a healthy bowels, contributes to weight-loss, prevents blood sugar spike, & lowers cholesterol
🔸 High in protein. Contains much higher protein than other grains like wheat & barley. And up to three times as much protein as brown rice. (Rice was reported to have arsenic [poison] in it, especially brown rice.) 🔸 High in magnesium
🔸 High in vitamin B2
🔸 Complete source of protein contains all 20 amino acids including six essential amino acids that the body can't make
🔸 Lower in fat than many other protein sources
Quinoa contains saponins on its outer shell, so it’s important to rinse it off as it says on the package. I prefer red quinoa because it has a milder taste. It’s a healthier replacement for rice and other carbs. You can incorporate this healthful gluten free, carbohydrate-rich food into dishes such as pilaf, casseroles, quinoa fried rice, oatmeals, desserts, & salads. It can be ground into flour or bought already made into flour for making breads & biscuits.