What is Quinoa?

While quinoa (pronounced “keen-whah”) is usually considered to be whole grain like rice, wheat or barley but in actual it’s a seed and cooked like whole grains. This seed was originated thousands of years ago in the Andes Mountains. People often call it as “the gold of the Incas”; they used to treasure it because of its nutritive value (more protein than any other grain or seed).

How is it helpful?

If you’re looking for a simple, high-protein breakfast idea, you can swap out your daily oat-meal with quinoa which cooks just as quickly as this and tastes great on its own.

This gives body more protein than any other grain or seed and that also a complete source of protein which means it contains all the nine essential amino acids required by our body. It’s also a great source of calcium, high in lysine, B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin-e and iron. And as it’s a seed, it is organic, gluten-free, cholesterol-free and easy to digest.

This is also high in Riboflavin (B2) which improves metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help creating power energy production in cells.

How to cook Quinoa?

Quinoa is very easy to cook! It can be prepared much like the way you prepare rice or poha. One of the most popular dishes is Quinoa Poha; just add some veggies to make an easy quinoa poha or salad as per your preferences.

Let’s check out the recipe of delicious and healthy Quinoa Poha-

Ingredients-

  1. A katori of quinoa
  2. Jug of water
  3. Seasonal vegetables

Recipe-

  1. For 1 katori Quinoa, add 2 katori of water.
  2. Soak it for half an hour.
  3. Add seasonal vegetables (optional).
  4. Boil it for 15 minutes with lid cover.
  5. Now turn off the gas and let it covered for 10 minutes.
  6. They are now ready to serve it in your salad or have it like poha

Health benefits of Quinoa 

  1. High protein content
  2. Full of vitamins and minerals
  3. Gluten-free
  4. Anti-oxidant
  5. High in fiber
  6. Low GI
  7. Great Magnesium Source
  8. Assists metabolism
  9. Weight loss friendly
  10. Easy to cook


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