Los Angeles, CA – 1/21/2014—
So called superfoods receive a lot of attention for short spans of time,but one grain that has been a favorite of dieticians and nutritionists foryears is Quinoa. It’s recently made itsway into the mainstream, but this dietary addition can provide a tasty andnutritious alternative to numerous side and main dishes dieters may prepare.
Pronounced “keen-wah,” Quinoa is referred to as a grain but is actuallya seed. Either way, the health benefitsare numerous regarding this somewhat new item on the health food market. It does require some special preparation, butafter learning how to make it Quinoa can be into any diet on a regular basis.
Quinoa is coated with a chemical called saponin, and therefore it’simportant to thoroughly rinse the food before consumption. Experts recommend rinsing for at least 2-3minutes in a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to prevent losing the grainsdown the drain. Once rinsed, bring onecup of quinoa with some salt in approximately 2 ½ cups of water to a boil, thenlet simmer until the water is absorbed. Toss the quinoa with a fork to fluff it up, and then it can be added tostir-fry vegetables as a substitute for rice, mixed into pancakes, breakfastdishes, and even cookies!
Why substitute quinoa for rice, flour, or other grains? It’s packed with as much protein as a glassof milk, supplies the body with riboflavin which can help to improvemetabolism, and is gluten free. Its complexcarbohydrate format is excellent in any diet where the person is aiming forweight reduction as ¼ cup of dry quinoa only contains 170 calories and canprovide double the protein as the same amount of rice.
When looking to add nutrient packed foods to any diet, considerexploring the benefits and versatility of quinoa. This power-packed superfood has beenbenefiting nutritionists and dietary experts for years and it’s time it makesits way into mainstream diets and mealtimes.
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