Health Benefits of Quinoa

Almost every time you go grocery shopping these days, you stumble across a new food or drink that makes you ask yourself, “is it as healthy as the label says it is?” Today, I want to look at a food that has recently made an appearance on our shelves – Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’).  If you haven’t been game to try it yet, read on to find out why you should.

Quinoa is being hailed as the new superhero of the grain world. It was originally cultivated on the steep slopes of the South-American Andes mountains in Peru and Bolivia and has been consumed in these countries for over 3000 years.

Delicious, nutritious red quinoa

Delicious, nutritious red quinoa

Out of all the grains Quinoa really stands out due to its unique nutritional profile.  It actually contains one of the highest protein contents when you compare it to other grains.  It has all the essential amino acids so it’s a complete protein which is unusual (and makes it the grain of choice for vegetarians / vegans).  It is gluten-free, high in fibre and rich in other nutrients.   These nutrients include iron, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.

Bear in mind that while Quinoa contains all essential amino acids (and therefore has a high protein content for a grain), 1 cup of cooked Quinoa contains 8g protein and 39g of carbohydrate.  If you are following The Natural Way program at the moment, it would be a carbohydrate concentrate on Health & Vitality (but far too high in carbohydrate to be recommended on Quick Start).

Quinoa is really easy to cook (and fairly quick too!).  Quinoa comes in three different colours – white, red and black. White is most widely available, and has the quickest cooking time. Black takes the longest to cook and keeps more of its crunchy texture, whereas red is somewhere in the middle.

Quinoa has a distinctive, nutty taste that separates it from other grains.  The outer hull of a Quinoa seed is very bitter, so if it is not properly prepared, Quinoa can have a strong flavour that borders on unpleasant.  Fortunately, this is easily avoidable by purchasing pre-soaked Quinoa or by soaking the Quinoa yourself for several hours before using it in a recipe.  Quinoa can be eaten hot or cold (in a salad), so buy some today and experiment with this unique grain.

The clients’ of The Natural Way eat REAL FOOD while they lose weight with us – therefore, it is important for you to understand the difference between ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ choices.   We take the time, during your private consultations, to educate you on all aspects of nutrition and your health, so you know exactly how to keep the weight off once you reach your goal. Call The Natural Way on 1300 SLIMMER (1300754663) and make your FREE appointment to find out more about how The Natural Way can help you to make the RIGHT food choices so you can be happier and healthier forever.

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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