Why should Quinoa be cooked? What’s Quinoa really? When I cook Quinoa grains, what benefits can I get? Is this really a great meal? You may have many questions about what Quinoa is, and what nutrients your body can get when you cook Quinoa. I don’t have just one, but two good reasons to cook Quinoa if you have these inquiries in mind.
Cook Quinoa because it provides you with protein, calcium, good carbs, vitamin E, fiber, and many more nutrients to help you reduce weight, build muscles, and live a healthy lifestyle.
For many years, Incas of South America have used Quinoa grains as their full source of nutrition. Moms used this super food to feed their infants and warriors were eating them to serve as a daily supply of energy and help to heal their wounds quickly. Quinoa grains are still being served as a complete meal up to now.
Quinoa diet contains non-meat protein— from a family of albumin and globulin— meaning it has a balanced composition of essential amino acids, helping to grow and develop, as well as repair damaged tissues. Quinoa is also rich in minerals, apart from that. One of them, we all know, is calcium that makes our bones strong and healthy, even as we age.
Because of its carbohydrate content, this superfood has a high energy content. The good news is that these are good carbs, meaning they are slow-releasing, making your food cravings (especially junk foods) and hunger spams low. As carbohydrates are known to correct the levels of sugar in our blood, it is also good for diabetics. Quinoa also brings you vitamin E for that great and young-looking skin. This nutrient is an antioxidant; it releases you from free radicals and lowers your cancer risk.
Last but not least, of course, and not the last from the nutrient list, is fiber. While Quinoa is not really a grain, it is a chenopod (leafy plant like spinach, whose leaves are also edible; Quinoa grains are taken from the Quinoa plant’s botanical seed-like fruit) it is very high in insoluble fibre. It will help you digest food better as the nutrient increases bowel movement, making it easier and faster for you to burn those fats. Another good thing to know about insoluble fiber is that premenopausal women who are highly prone to breast cancer are friendly. And since Quinoa’s fiber is inherently insoluble, it prevents gallstones.
Cook Quinoa because it’s easy to prepare, it’s a very good substitute for rice, bread or cereals, and even meat, and it gives your diners a different taste.
Quinoa has a nutty flavor and is simultaneously chewy and crunchy. Quinoa can be used as a substitute for any grain, soups or pilafs. Quinoa is also being converted into pasta, bread and other baked goods at present. Instead of croutons, add quinoa for that extra bite to your salad. They make them more satisfying and provide more nutrition when added to soups, stews or casseroles. Or use quinoa as the grain in your meal instead of rice. Make a quinoa stir-fry for a fiber-packed, protein-filled dish with vegetables and beans.