Quinoa is today’s hottest superfood. With its high protein content, its many fibers, and its healthy fatty acid profile, the small seed is really a game-changer in the health world.
If you have not tried it yet, below, we give you reasons to throw yourself over the sacred crop of the ancient Inca civilization.
Enhances Intestinal Function
Experts explain that, as it is a source of dietary fiber, quinoa helps intestinal function and also helps you lose weight, as it promotes satiety.
Helps You Achieve Protein Intake
Quinoa has a high protein content, which is excellent for anyone, especially vegetarians, who wants to achieve the necessary protein intake. It is also great for people who exercise and need a large amount of protein.
Improves Nervous System Functions
As it is a source of B-complex vitamins, the cereal contributes to the good functioning of the nervous system.
Perfect Health Ally
Quinoa is also rich in minerals (magnesium, copper, zinc, iron), thus contributing to the health as a whole.
Ideal for Celia Patients and Gluten Intolerants
Guinoa is widely used to replace wheat flour in gluten-free recipes. It is thus a good ally for coeliacs or gluten intolerants.
Helps in Weight Loss
Quinoa’s glycemic index carbohydrate is low. It prevents insulin spikes, which also means that quinoa brings satiety and helps you lose weight.
In addition to being gluten-free, quinoa stands out for being very versatile. It has a very mild, practically neutral flavor so that it can be included in both savory and sweet recipes. It can be used in place of roots (such as potatoes, cassava, etc.) or rice; it can also be an ingredient in salads, among other options.
With so many benefits, it is definitely worth including quinoa in your diet! Perhaps you would love to but don’t know how. Then, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered here too; here are some delicious ideas for inspiration:
1. Quinoa burger: besides tasty and healthy, it is easy to make. You will use water, salt, quinoa, cooked chickpeas, black pepper, green onion, eggs, rice flour, wheat flour, purple cabbage, olive oil, vinegar, red onion, avocado, lemon, brioche bread and butter.
2. Quinoa salad with grilled vegetables and herbal olive oil: an easy, tasty and quickie salad to make. It is made without meat, has bright colours and, of course, lots of flavour! Great tip for a light and healthy mid-week dinner.
3. Quinoa Quibbeh: to make this new version of the classic Arabian cuisine, you will replace only the wheat for cooked quinoa. This recipe is a great option for those with gluten intolerance and/or for those on a weight loss diet.
4. Lentil and quinoa rocambole: besides being delicious, this rocambole is nutritious and proteic, and it still has a great texture. It is a vegetarian recipe, but it will certainly please everyone… It can even be made for special occasions.
5. Quinoa risotto with funghi secchi: this risotto is healthy, tasty, easy to make and you don’t need to be on the cooker stirring all the time (like a risotto made with rice). The recipe serves two people well and is a good option for dinner!
6. Quinoa tabbouleh: this version of tabbouleh stands out for not containing gluten, since quinoa replaces wheat. It’s a different, vegan and protein-based salad option. The recipe is good for about four people and the ideal is to make it, put it in the fridge (to serve cold) and eat it the same day.
Are you now ready to try quinoa? Let us know how you’ve cooked it in the comments below!