Quinoa ~ a truly healthy complete protein
Thankfully, more people are eating less meat these days, but in doing so, more questions regarding protein alternatives are being asked. So I am reposting our entry on one of our favorite 'Superfoods'.
Once called "the gold of the Incas", quinoa is commonly considered a grain. It is actually related to leafy green veggies such as spinach and swiss chard. The United Nations classifies quinoa as a 'Supercrop'.
Quinoa is a powerful source of protein: the best, complete protein source from the plant kingdom ~ sharing a quality similar to milk. It is also a great source of iron and fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamins B6, B2 (riboflavin), niacin and thiamin. Quinoa has high levels of lysine which is an essential amino acid that works to repair and grow tissue. It is low in fat and an excellent source of complex carbs.
Because it is a very good source of riboflavin and magnesium, it may be especially valuable for people who have migraines, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Riboflavin may help reduce the frequency of migraine attaks and magnesium helps relax blood vessels.
Quinoa can now be found in most grocery stores. It is particularly nutty tasting and toasting the grains before cooking gives it a wonderful flavor. Click here for our easy & delicious, wholesome quinoa recipes.