I’ve been eating quinoa for years and years and I am so happy to see how people have embraced the Quinoa madness!
Now, you know how it is with the food and healthy trends, they come and go… there’s always an “it” thing (remember when kale was like Jesus-come-to-earth kind of thing?), well, quinoa is here to stay.
Here are some interesting facts:
It is considered a pseudo-cereal, like a grain (but not really), it is rather a seed. It has been cultivated for over 5,000 years in South America and was so important that it was considered the “Gold of the Incas” because they believed it increased the strength of their warriors.
Quinoa is one of the most high-protein foods that we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids, plus it contains tons of fiber, nearly twice as much than other grains (awesome to keep things moving, wink!).
Why I love this sexy superfood:
- It contains 18% protein (and is a complete protein, like meat, eggs, dairy products, which contain amino acids that help build muscle), and is also rich in fiber and vitamins as well.
- It is much cheaper than meat and of course, like a million times better for your health.
- It provides calcium, vitamin E, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, folic acid and beta-carotene (precursor of vitamin A), and linolenic acid (part of the omega family).
- Better yet, for all those of you that are gluten intolerant, quinoa is free of it!
It is very easy to prepare, almost identical as you would cook rice, wheat or oats. It’s so versatile you can pretty much do any recipe you want.
For the moment I’ll leave you with this yummy Quinoa Parfait, excellent for breakfast cause I know you’re used to seeing savory quinoa recipes and I always like to change things up for you guys.
SUPER EASY QUINOA PARFAIT
- Coconut or almond yogurt (you can use plain greek yogurt too if you are not vegan or don’t mind)
- Strawberries and blueberries (or whatever fruits of your choice)
- Already cooked quinoa (cooked only with water, no salt) – I like this one
- Maple or brown rice malt syrup (optional)
Place a layer of the yogurt in a bowl or cup, then a layer of quinoa. Place the fruit on top of these layers and repeat as many times as you need depending on the size of the bowl or cup you use. At the end, sprinkle the top with cinnamon and a little syrup (optional).
Are you a quinoa convert already?
Anyways, let me know what’s your favorite superfood and why??? Want to get inspired to do more recipes for you!