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Miracle Food Quinoa - More Protein, Less Carbs

Kerstin Hübner - Ernährung
Das sehr gesunde und sehr eiweißhaltige Korn Quinoa

Quinoa is Higher in Protein than Rice but Lower in Carbohydrates!

Veganor anyone following a health-conscious diet, will know about this small grain which has been hard to avoid in recent times. We are talking about quinoa. Originally from South America, it is finding more and more appeal around the world. The Incas already used it as their staple diet. Quinoa is a primal grain species with many advantages, especially in comparison to industrially produced grains, such as wheat. In general, it can be said that the less processed food is, the easier it can be absorbed by the body. Quinoa is a great example of this.

It contains amino acids and vitamins, essential for our body, as well as minerals. They all improve our concentration and well-being. Because of its many positive properties, it is not surprising that quinoa is considered a superfood, but most of all, it is simply delicious. With its light nutty taste, it can be used in many recipes, be it for breakfast, lunch, or supper: Quinoa is very versatile. As a bonus side effect, it also neutralizes the body, due it its alkaline properties. Replace pasta and other wheat-based carbohydrates with Quinoa in your diet, and you will feel fitter and more concentrated. We are what we eat…

Why should you add Quinoa to your diet?

Quinoa is particularly recommended to vegans, (and of course anyone else), as it is one of the richest sources of plant protein available. 100 g hold about 14 g of protein! Quinoa also contains many essential minerals, nutrients, and vitamins, such as calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin E, respectively. The Inca grain also relieves headaches, and contributes to the production of the mood hormone serotonin, thus triggering feelings of happiness.

If by now you have developed an appetite for this miracle grain, here’s two recipes for you to try. One is a breakfast recipe, and the other is a quinoa salad, which can be eaten for lunch or supper. As you can see, quinoa can be used in sweet or savoury meals alike.

Recipe 1: Sweet Fruity Quinoa Breakfast

Ingredients: (2 servings)

  • 100 g quinoa
  • 2 tsp agave syrup 
  • 1/2 honeydew melon 
  • 1 handful cherries 
  • 1-2 handful blueberries 
  • 1 handful redcurrants

To Prepare:

Add the quinoa to a pot with boiling water, and cook gently for 20 minutes. In the meantime, cut the fruit into small pieces. As soon as the quinoa is cooked, add the agave syrup, and mix. Serve with the fruit. Enjoy!

Recipe 2: Colorful Quinoa Salad

Ingredients: (Recipe for 2 Persons) 

  • 100g quinoa 
  • 1 avocado 
  • 1 red bell pepper 
  • 4-5 spring onions 
  • ½ cucumber 
  • 1 handful cocktail tomatoes 
  • olive oil
  • vegetable stock
  • salt & pepper
  • oregano
  • herbs de provence
  • paprika
  • turmeric

To Prepare:

Cook the quinoa in a pot with hot water and some vegetable stock for added flavor. Cut the vegetables in small pieces. This is going to be a salad, so it won't be cooked, but you could easily prepare this in a pan as a colorful vegetable dish. In the salad version, as soon as everything is ready, mix all the ingredients together. Add a little olive oil, and season with plenty of spices.
Enjoy your meal!

 

 

 

I love Quinoa, and I hope you will, too!

Thank you for your attention! I am glad that you found my article interesting! Just a couple of days ago, I wrote another blog post on how to stay motivated. Maybe you will enjoy reading it, and even follow me on my own blog.

Thanks for reading, your Kerstin

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