Quinoa is a superfood that deserves to get a place of honor in the kitchen. Grown more than five centuries in the Andes and called “the gold of the Incas,” quinoa in recent years rapidly increases its popularity among supporters of healthy eating, to which the nutritional values of the consumed food are very important.
This “pseudo cereal” can be found at more and more tables, since it is prepared quickly and easily combined with various dishes. Often it serves as a substitute for rice or pasta.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA
Quinoa supplies the human body with more antioxidants than any other grain used in gluten free diets and brings many health benefits.
Consumption of quinoa can reduce the risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease;
- Type 2 diabetes;
- High blood pressure;
- Colon cancer;
What’s in the quinoa?
Quinoa is high in:
Protein. Vegans and vegetarians fall in love in quinoa because of the high percentage of protein. The analysis revealed that quinoa is a “complete protein” which contains all the essential amino acids.
Fiber. In quinoa has almost twice as much fiber from other grains. That means it can help with constipation, to reduce the risk of hemorrhoids, and be an ally to lose weight.
Minerals, particularly magnesium. In one cup uncooked quinoa has 83% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium.
Iron. In one cup uncooked quinoa has 43% of the recommended daily intake of iron.
Riboflavin (B2). Riboflavin, and magnesium may help prevent and reduce migraine headache.
Quinoa does not contain gluten and is easily digested in the body. More and more people are trying to rule it out the gluten from the diet, and quinoa fits in gluten-free diet.
PREPARATION OF QUINOA
Quinoa grows in the cooking process, so keep in mind that from 1 cup raw quinoa will receive about 3 cups cooked quinoa.
Before you start cooking the quinoa, is recommended to wash it in a strainer and thus rubbing with your hands. Try a few grains, and if there is a bitter taste, continue washing.
Quinoa is boiled in water. For boiling of one cup of quinoa two cups of water are enough. It is best to first boil the water, then add the quinoa. Cook at low temperature for 15-20 minutes.
Consume quinoa combined with vegetables or fruits or add it to soups and salads. Be creative, because the taste of quinoa allows endless culinary experimentation.
Definitely worth giving it a chance of quinoa to enrich the table and improve your life.