What is this Quinoa stuff you hear about? Substitute Quinoa for Rice to Help Get Your Diet in Shape Fast I finally made quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) last night for the first time. It was pretty good. My husband is Chinese and a big cook so we usually have white rice a few times a week. Going forward I’m going to eat quinoa on white rice nights! This will help me clean up my diet and help me get in shape fast. Quinoa is an alternative to rice, couscous or pasta. It is sometimes referred to as an ancient grain as the Incas grew and ate it many many years ago. Quinoa is commonly thought of as a grain, probably because of how we use it; however it’s actually a relative of leafy green vegetables, like spinach and swiss chard. It’s also gluten free. Benefits of Quinoa 1. Complete Source of Protein – Unlike a lot of carbs and grains which are an incomplete source of protein (you need to pair it with other foods to make it complete), quinoa provides the full spectrum of the 9 essential amino acids your body needs to put protein to good use. 2. Good Your Cardiovascular Health - It is especially high in magnesium, which is important for maintaining good cardiovascular health. Magnesium helps to relax the blood vessels, reducing the rates of hypertension, heart disease, or heart arrhythmias. 3. Provides antioxidant support - It does a wonderful job of boosting your antioxidant levels — being high in both manganese and copper, which help to promote a healthy immune system, and ensure that red blood cells remain in top condition. 4. Good Source of Fiber. It is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon. Quinoa is sold in dry form (I bought mine at Trader Joe’s). First you rinse it. Then you put in in a pot on the stove with water and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, you reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes, until all the water is gone – very much like rice. Usually you have 2 cups of water to 1 cup of dried quinoa, but follow the directions on your package. To add more flavors and to jazz the quinoa up, add some limejuice, cucumber, tomato, cilantro and a little olive oil. Quinoa can also be served hot or cold. Make some extras and save some for the next day. I love sharing my passion for fitness and health. For more information on healthy
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