VIDA Fitness Food of the Week: Quinoa
Not your average grain! While it serves primarily as a carbohydrate, Quinoa is the only grain that also acts as a complete protein (all 9 essential amino acids present), and is one of few non-animal foods with this complete profile. Vegans: eat up!
Quinoa has similar uses as rice and pasta, therefore acting as a Low Glycemic Index alternative to these carbohydrates. Quinoa is a source of several vitamins, minerals, and nutrients (manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, fiber, folate, and zinc). It provides 39 grams of carbohydrate, 8 grams of protein, 4 grams of healthy fat, and 5 grams of fiber per 1 cup serving. Its photochemical properties provide anti-inflammatory benefits, helping quinoa earn an A+ in nutrient richness, as research continues to prove the necessity of anti-inflammatory foods in our daily diets.
Use: Toss it into salads, stuff it into peppers, pair with beans, add to soups and chili, make Tabouli, mix with nuts and fruit for as breakfast porridge, mix into a “bowl” with veggies and chicken or tofu.
To get started, check out these simple, healthy Quinoa recipes: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/quick-recipes/dinner/healthy-quinoa-recipes/#page=1