Quinoa pronounced “KEEN-wah” has been a growing trend in the North America over the past few years. The sudden spike in popularity can be attributed to people becoming more conscious about the food that they put into their body. Quinoa is a great alternative for people who tend to stay away from eating grains and those who are watching their diets. Vegetarians are always attracted to quinoa because it contains the highest protein content amongst all grains. It also contains all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein. Not only are people with gluten sensitivity able to eat it, but it is almost always organic and kosher as well. This is one of the reasons why Artisan Bistro has five meals that contain quinoa in our ingredients. Quinoa also provides a wide variety of health benefits as well.
Here are 6 great reasons for making quinoa part of your diet:
- High in protein.
- Contains riboflavin or B2 vitamin, which helps increase your metabolism energy within the brain and muscle cells.
- Quinoa is low on the glycemic index, which means it won’t spike your blood glucose levels.
- It contains almost twice as much fiber as other grains.
- Quinoa is high in magnesium and iron. These nutrients help our red blood cells as well as help promote health nerve impulses.
- It contains lysine, which is crucial for tissue repair and growth.
Prepare quinoa is the same way you would prepare and cook rice. If you are using a rice cooker, place one part quinoa to two parts water. Allow it cook for ten to fifteen minutes. Quinoa cooks at a much fast rate than other whole grains. Alternatively, you can cover quinoa with water or vegetable broth in a pot and broil it until it’s soft, but make sure to keep an eye on it since it can cook quickly.
One cup of Quinoa contains 223 calories, 3.6g of fat, and 39g of carbs and 8g of protein.