If you’re like me (a hungry girl) you’ll LOVE this. I like to have that satiated feeling that sometimes uber healthy foods leave me without. You may know or have heard about quinoa. Quinoa has had a burst in popularity lately, but has been around for thousands of years. Quinoa is a healthy alternative for our ‘normal’ carbohydrates, but here are some other reasons to keep subbing it onto your plate!
What is it…REALLY?
Quinoa is grain free and gluten free making it easier to digest than many other grains (it’s really a seed). It is low in sodium and cholesterol and high in fiber and protein. Quinoa is one of the few plant sources to be called a complete protein. This means that it contains all 8 of the essential amino acids required by the human body.
Quinoa is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as; iron, calcium, phosphorous, manganese, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, potassium and lysine However, the actual amounts can vary depending upon the variety of the quinoa and how much the quinoa has been processed. Like many foods, sometimes the raw ingredient is processed, or has had parts of it removed, to make the product more appealing or economically viable. Check the label if you’re looking to meet certain nutritional guidelines.
If you haven’t tried it, give it a shot! It really is great and everyone I’ve shared it with is a fan. If you HAVE tried it here’s a tip…you can start your day with it too! Here’s a fantastic quinoa breakfast recipe that I LOVE! It’s a great substitute for your morning oatmeal.
- ½ cup quinoa, rinsed
- 1 ½ cups vanilla flavored, sugar free almond milk, or any non-dairy milk
- 2 tbsp crasins1 cup fresh apricots
- ¼ chopped walnuts
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
Let quinoa soak in water for 2-4 hours (or overnight if you’re making in the AM) before cooking. Rinse the quinoa with water. Let sit, and then do it one or two more times until it is thoroughly clean. In a medium saucepan, combine almond milk and quinoa on medium heat and bring to a slow simmer. Cover and turn heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add craisins, apricots, walnuts and vanilla and cook for additional minute or two. Serve warm.
Enjoy this tasty treat!
I can see you Gettin’ Fierce!