What Is Quinoa?

  • mary
Quinoa buddha Bowl

Quinoa

Quinoa buddha Bowl

Quinoa’s popularity has increased tremendously this past year. It is highly raved about and for good reason. But, what exactly is quinoa? Quinoa is basically a type of seed that is treated as a grain or rice substitute. Though not considered “rice” quinoa is cooked in exactly the same way as rice is cooked.

There are many health benefits to consuming quinoa. Here, I have listed a few of these benefits and ultimately why you should start incorporating quinoa into your diet.

NUTRIENT DENSE

One cup of cooked quinoa contains an immense amount of minerals that the body needs to function efficiently. Quinoa is a great source of:

  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Zinc
  • more!

The human body needs essential minerals in the body to work properly and smoothly, as well as building strong bones, skin, hair, nerve and muscle function!

HIGH IN FLAVONOIDS

Quinoa contains large amounts of flavonoids. Flavonoids are plant chemicals known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This ensures that the cells in the body are not inflamed or swollen. Flavonoids are also found in abundance in many plants and vegetables!

 

HIGH IN IRON

Iron is very important in the body because it is responsible for making oxygen carrying red blood cells. Although quinoa has large amounts of iron, it also contains a chemical called phytic acid, which is a mineral inhibitor. Phytic acid essentially decreases the absorption of the minerals, including iron, in the body. To combat this, it is very important that you soak the quinoa in water before cooking it!

 

HIGH IN PROTEIN

All proteins are made up of amino acids. Amino acids are consumed in various foods that we eat. However, not all food contain all the essential amino acids. Take peanut butter and bread, for example. Peanut butter lacks various amino acids that bread has, and vice versa. This is why many different foods are often paired with one another. What makes quinoa so unique is that it contains all the essential amino acids. This makes it a terrific source of protein since it can be eaten on its own!

I absolutely love adding quinoa to any of my dishes. Mixing it with avocado, beets, corn, and various greens makes for the person buddha bowl! The next time you are in the market, consider checking out quinoa for your next side dish or main course!

I hope you found this post helpful. For additional healthy recipe ideas, click here

Thank you for reading and happy munching!

-M

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