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!!


Benefits:
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!


Recipes:
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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