Quinoa

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Mar2012 29

Quinoa is “superfood” due to its high levels of antioxidants, phytochemicals, fiber, vitamin and mineral content. Quinoa is also gluten free. A very delicious and nutritious substitute for starchy carbohydrates, quinoa cooks like rice but has a nuttier taste. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is actually a seed related to the spinach family.

Some of the nutrients in Quinoa include:

1) Complete Protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body to help build and maintain muscle tissue. Essential amino acids are not produced by the body and must be introduced through diet.

2) Magnesium. Magnesium helps relax your muscles and blood vessels and can positively affect blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.

3) Fiber. Quinoa is high in fiber, which we need to maintain proper elimination. Proper elimination is necessary to reduce bloating, colon diseases, and gas.

4) Manganese and Copper. Manganese and Copper act like antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease causing free radicals.

5) Quinoa is higher in Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Manganese, and Zinc than wheat, barley or corn.

Studies have shown that Quinoa has been effective in preventing and treating conditions such as arteriosclerosis, breast cancer, diabetes, and insulin resistance all due to its complete nutritional makeup and has been deemed one of the most complete foods in nature. Do yourself and your body a favor, get some!

Prepare Quinoa like you would rice. Boil twice the amount of water you are using compared to the amount of Quinoa. Rinse the Quinoa in a fine mesh colander or strainer. Add the Quinoa and your preferred seasonings to the boiling water, stir, cover and reduce the temperature to a slow simmer. Cook approximately 15-20 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat at let it rest for 5 minutes with the cover on. Fluff with a fork and serve. There are many recipes available online for Quinoa preparation. Enjoy!

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