You’ve probably heard me raving about quinoa, a protein-packed and delicious grain-like seed. Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wa, although considered to be a grain, is a seed with a delicious nutty taste packed with protein. In fact, it’s a complete protein, which means it has all of the nine essential amino acids. For people on a gluten-free diet, it’s a great gluten-free source of protein.
Did you know that quinoa contains benefits above and beyond the fact that it’s a perfect source of protein?
Quinoa contains lots of essential vitamins and minerals, such as manganese, good cholesterol, and
aside from being an excellent non-animal source of protein, quinoa contains many essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It is rich in manganese, which is important in bone development and maintenance. It is also full of lysine, an essential amino acid that helps with the formation of collagen and the absorption of calcium and may help with the prevention of herpes breakouts and cold sores.
Quinoa is also low on the glycemic index, making it a good food for diabetics or overweight people.
You can make quinoa the same way as brown rice, simmering one part quinoa with two parts water, for about twenty minutes after the water comes to a boil. In order to keep the flavor and texture palatable, make sure not to overcook it.
Check out some of my gluten-free quinoa recipes and try it today!
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.