This is what you should know before cooking quinoa
Did you know that Quinoa is as ancient as The Incas? They cultivated and ate it as a staple food. Moreover, they gave it a sacred status, calling it the “mother grain”. Interesting, huh?! But this is not all.
Now, quinoa is one of the most popular healthy superfoods worthwhile to be included in your diet. Because, well, it’s easy to cook, like rice but with less time and more nutrients.
A superfood means that a particular ingredient, in our case quinoa possesses a rich nutrient value and is beneficial for health and well-being.
Fun fact is that although nutritionally it is considered a wholegrain, quinoa isn’t a true grain. Scientifically speaking it is called a “pseudo-grain.”
– Whaaat? What do you mean?
That’s because it is not the seed of a plant and it’s rather more related to plants like spinach or beets.
THE BENEFITS OF EATING QUINOA. This is important, quinoa is higher in protein than rice, bread or pasta. It contains all essential amino acids, omega fats, B vitamins and minerals. A perfect bouquet of nutrients!
Therefore, when you eat it, it goes all berserk with “pseudo-healthy” benefits for you:
- It gives you energy and fulfilment.
- Helps reduce high blood pressure.
- Increases metabolism due to its high protein composition.
- Improves your blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
- Contributes losing weight by significantly reducing appetite and by being a relatively low calorie meal.
- It’s gluten-free, therefore perfect for people who are sensitive or intolerant to gluten.
It’s tasty and perfect to spoil your taste buds.
*Note that these benefits are viable only if you cook whole quinoa. They are not applicable if you find some puffed quinoa grains sprinkled over a chocolate bar.
I tried quinoa a few years ago, out of curiosity and loved it. It’s easy to cook and I can combine it with vegetables, meat, fruits and sweets. You can make it both savoury and sweet, whatever you crave for. My favourite though, is to serve Quinoa with Chicken Meatballs and tomato sauce.
As amazing as it is, quinoa has three main colours: white, red and black. In addition to the diversity of colours, it also has this special gift, it triples its volume when cooked. Therefore a serving per person is 40 grams raw, around 120 -140 grams cooked.
I know what you are thinking. The question though is “How to cook Quinoa Perfectly?” Trust me, you don’t want to miss this, check the recipe card and see.
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