Quinoa is truly becoming the ‘grain of the future’. Gluten-free, wheat-free and nutrient-packed, quinoa is ideal for everyone and can be eaten guiltlessly with the knowledge that it’s cholesterol and trans fat-free. Preparing quinoa is a snap; simply rinse in cold water, place in water or stock, bring to a boil and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Quinoa is not only versatile and delicious; its nutritional benefits are strikingly rich. It’s one of the only complete plant-based proteins, containing an excellent balance of all of the essential amino acids. Quinoa is rich in manganese, iron, potassium, B vitamins and powerful antioxidants (which help reduce inflammation); is a good source of magnesium (commonly deficient in the American diet) and is a complete protein (unlike most grains). Additionally, quinoa is a good source of both heart healthy mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
“Quinoa is becoming an increasingly popular food choice for those looking to incorporate “superfoods” into their everyday diets,” says “Diet Doctor” Melina Jampolis, MD, board-certified physician nutrition specialist and author of The Calendar Diet: A Month-by-Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life. “As a whole grain with an exceptional anti-oxidant-rich profile, quinoa can help boost cardiovascular and gastro-intestinal health and may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer,” Dr. Melina adds.