January 25, 2012

Quinoa (KEEN-wah) - The Amazing Superfood!

I have actually been eating Quinoa since college (which I won't say how long ago that actually was), but I keep finding more awesome benefits of this seed (not grain) and really enjoy finding new ways to eat up this awesome superfood!  I thought I'd give a little info about it and share some of my favorite recipes...try something new!  It's a personal goal of mine to try new foods, recipes, and activities often!  Let me know what you think and if you have any good NEW FOODS to try!!

1. Complete Protein - Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.
2. Magnesium - helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.
3. Fiber - Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon.
4. Manganese & Copper - Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.

"Quinoa is close to one of the most complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients." - Go here to read MORE about the health benefits of Quinoa!

Cooking with Quinoa is a blog that's loaded with recipes.  Quinoa Protein Bars & Quinoa Pancakes look pretty awesome! I haven't tried these recipes yet but can't wait!

Quinoa Sweet Cakes are ah-mazing!  They make a great breakfast.

There are 2 GREAT tasting Crock pot recipes HERE by ToneItUp. Savory Fall Stew and Greek Chicken. Yum!

Breakfast Quinoa (so good!)

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