I Love Quinoa!
Quinoa is often thought of as a grain but it actually is a seed that originated in the Andean region of South America. Evidence shows that it has been cultivated and eaten for over 4000 years. Quinoa was consider to be like gold as it is so nutritious and gave the people so much energy. Quinoa is so packed with nutrition that the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared 2013 as “The International Year of Quinoa.”
So why is Quinoa so awesome?
Quinoa is packed full of fiber which supports bowel function and health. Quinoa also acts as a prebiotic, which means that it feeds the good bacteria in your intestines and improves overall bowel function. Gluten free and easy to digest, this food allows for optimal absorption of nutrients.
Quinoa is a great source of protein, and in fact is considered a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids (building blocks) that our body requires for building its own proteins.
Quinoa is also a great source of iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and manganese. These small little seeds are just packed with nutrition.
The best part is that it’s so easy to prepare. Quinoa cooks in 15 minutes and can be used in dishes as a rice or oat substitute.