Why You Should Eat More Healthy Quinoa
We love Heart Healthy Quinoa and Think You Should Eat More of It!
The history of eating quinoa is one that stems back far into the history of mankind. In fact, it goes back as far as almost 4000 years ago when the Incas of Peru discovered that the seed was not only safe for consumption, but also made them feel stronger and in better health.
Fast forward 4000 years to today and quinoa is now a recognized superfood with many incredible health benefits, and is available in every corner of the world.
Where can you get this nutritious little quinoa? Well, thanks to the new popular movement of this grain, most grocery stores are starting to carry different varieties. Also quinoa can be found at the little specialty stores that focus on foods for good health.
Since quinoa is very similar to rice, you can often times find it in the rice section of your supermarket. Another great choice is a blend with quinoa and rice.
So what is it about quinoa that has made it as one of the most consumed grains for those who are looking for better overall health?
Read on to find out and discover more about this tiny little power-pack of nutrition.
Protein, Protein, and More Protein
When it comes to the protein stakes, quinoa packs a powerful punch and makes it an ideal food choice for those looking to improve muscle mass, better condition of hair, skin, and nails and helps your body repair itself quicker after a workout. Being a ‘complete’ protein means that it contains all nine of the essential amino acids that are the building blocks for our bodies cellular structure ensuring you stay in tip-top condition.
Full Of Fiber
Fiber helps keep your body regular and your intestines in good condition, with the added benefits of lowering blood pressure and the risk of developing diabetes. Quinoa doesn’t only just contain fiber, it outranks most other grains with a content of 2:1 making it an ideal source of fiber. It also helps limit the amount of food you eat by satiating you and keeping you fuller for longer leading to healthy weight loss.
Magnesium, Iron, and Lysine
To be working at its very best, the body requires certain vitamins and minerals to aid with the proper functioning of the central nervous system.
Magnesium allows blood vessels to relax and can help prevent the risk of a headache and stroke. It also plays an important role in regulating the core body temperature and within the nerves of the body.
Iron helps to keep red blood cells healthy and enables them to efficiently transport oxygen to our heart, brain, and muscles. Iron also plays an important role in helping to maintain a regular body temperature and helps improve metabolism.
Lysine is a charged aliphatic amino acid that helps with the biosynthesis of proteins. In less technical terms it is one of the building blocks of protein and assists with the production of carnitine, which is responsible for the conversion of fatty acids into usable energy. It also helps produce collagen which keeps skin, teeth, connective tissues and muscle in great working order.
Keeping You Lean
Loaded with riboflavin, or vitamin B2, quinoa helps your bodies metabolism work at its best and allows better burning of stored body fat for energy. Without vitamin B2 the bodies cells cannot utilize energy stores as effectively which can have detrimental effects on cognitive brain function making you feel lethargic, foggy and anxious. Keeping your levels of B2 at the required levels is easy with a daily serving of quinoa and will have you feeling energized in no time at all.
Manganese is a type of mineral that the body needs in order to function properly. The human body actually produces small amounts of this mineral itself, but maintaining levels of this powerful antioxidant as we age becomes more and more difficult. Manganese seeks out free radicals in the body and effectively neutralizes them thus preventing any damaging effects that they may have had.
Manganese is not only a fantastic antioxidant but it also helps regulate the central nervous system, it also regulates the thyroid gland, sex hormones, and blood glucose levels. Then there is the formation of bodily tissues and calcium absorption, all of which would be impossible without manganese.
Quinoa may seem like your average run of the mill grain, but it’s an all-in-one health boosting superfood that helps create a fully functioning body with as little effort as possible.
It is also economical making it a cost-effective way to ensure you receive plenty of protein and fiber and the most important aspect is its versatility.
It can be ground and made into healthy bread, added to smoothies or used as a healthy alternative to rice.
More and more people are discovering the amazing benefits of eating quinoa, maybe you will be next?
Creamy Quinoa with Garlic and Zucchini
1-1/2 cups quinoa, uncooked and rinsed
3 cups chicken broth
1 (3 oz.) package sour cream
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
4-5 cups of thinly sliced zucchini
In a medium sauce pan, heat the quinoa and chicken broth until it come to a light boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir in the cream cheese.
While the quinoa is cooking, saute the zucchini and garlic in butter until zucchini starts to soften.
Mix the zucchini and quinoa together, stirring to coat.