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Quinoa a New Super food

Updated on May 24, 2012

Quinoa Benefits

Weighless with Quinoa –A New Super food!

Have you heard of this new super food Quinoa? Did you know that it provides an excellence source of nutrients?

It has been classified as a super food because it is packed with all the essential sources of vitamins, and whole gains that are beneficial to losing weight and sustaining a healthy diet.

Quinoa is known as one of the most nutritious foods on the Planet, this super food is packed with protein and high in fiber. And remember fiber increases weight loss. Fiber acts as a binding agent, it blinds to fatty deposits flushing them out of your system increasing weight loss.

Quinoa is considered a complete protein, which means that, like meats, eggs and dairy, it packs all the essential amino acids your body needs to build muscle. Quinoa has about twice the protein of regular cereal gains, fewer carbohydrates, and even a dose of healthy fats.It is also vitamin rich and offers more iron than other grains and contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin, as well as other B vitamins: B6, niacin, and thiamin. It is also a good source of zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid). Quinoa contains no gluten and this makes quinoa the perfect food for people who follow a wheat-free/gluten-free diet.

Where to find Quinoa?
Quinoa is still pretty new to Americans, so you will most likely find it in health-food specialty stores, and large supermarkets often stock quinoa.

Quinoa is quick and easy to prepare.
Place 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups water in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until all water is absorbed (10 -15 minutes).

Great tasting Quinoa Recipes:

Tips for Quinoa On the go
You can have a ready to eat side dish or meal in no time that will fill you up. Cook up a big batch and store it in a container in your refrigerator, and you’ll have a side dish–like rice or pasta–that goes with just about any meal. (To warm, microwave it for 60 seconds.) Or you can be far more creative. For instance, quinoa can be used to make Quinoa pilaf.

Quinoa with fruit breakfast:

Get your day off to a great start with a hearty breakfast
Combine a cup of cooked quinoa with 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, and microwave for 60 seconds. This makes a great alternative to oatmeal.

Quinoa can even be a tasty low calorie dessert
In a blender, puree two very ripe bananas with 2 cups of milk. Combine the mix with 2 cups cooked quinoa, 1/2 cup raisins, a tablespoon of sugar, and a teaspoon of cinnamon, and simmer for 10 minutes. Creamy and sweet, it’s a healthier version of rice pudding.

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Low Calorie Tasty Recipes with Quinoa!

Quinoa pilaf:

Begin by sautéing chopped onion and garlic in a little oil, add grain and keep sautéing for five minutes until toasty, this gives quinoa a great flavor. Add toasted quinoa and liquid (two parts water to one part quinoa) and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. After the pilaf is cooked, you can stir in other ingredients such as toasted nuts, dried fruit, shredded greens or fresh herbs or cheese.


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      home tricks 8 years ago

      I started eating Quinoa about 3 months ago, and it really taste great. I really recommend it for the taste, and health benefits you can not go wrong! It is low in fat and full of nutrients.

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      kezi2cool 8 years ago

      Hey Sage Williams I long ago written about quinoa and I've also written a hub on its recipes check it out.

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      Weigh-less 8 years ago

      I love Quinoa too. It is so healthy, full of nutrients, and I think it tastes better then rice. I came across it about 2 weeks ago and I have already prepared many different low calorie recipes. I'm so glad it is healthy because I'm hooked.

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      Sage Williams 8 years ago

      Great hub, I absolutely love Quinoa. I was looking for rice about a month ago and came across quinoa. After reading all of the benefits on the back of the package, I decided to purchase it. I was so happy I decided to try it out. I no longer cook rice. There are so many different ways to prepare quinoa. Welcome to HubPages!