Los Angeles, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/21/2014 -- So called superfoods receive a lot of attention for short spans of time, but one grain that has been a favorite of dieticians and nutritionists for years is Quinoa. It’s recently made its way into the mainstream, but this dietary addition can provide a tasty and nutritious alternative to numerous side and main dishes dieters may prepare.
Pronounced “keen-wah,” Quinoa is referred to as a grain but is actually a seed. Either way, the health benefits are numerous regarding this somewhat new item on the health food market. It does require some special preparation, but after learning how to make it Quinoa can be into any diet on a regular basis.
Quinoa is coated with a chemical called saponin, and therefore it’s important to thoroughly rinse the food before consumption. Experts recommend rinsing for at least 2-3 minutes in a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to prevent losing the grains down the drain. Once rinsed, bring one cup of quinoa with some salt in approximately 2 ½ cups of water to a boil, then let simmer until the water is absorbed. Toss the quinoa with a fork to fluff it up, and then it can be added to stir-fry vegetables as a substitute for rice, mixed into pancakes, breakfast dishes, and even cookies!
Why substitute quinoa for rice, flour, or other grains? It’s packed with as much protein as a glass of milk, supplies the body with riboflavin which can help to improve metabolism, and is gluten free. Its complex carbohydrate format is excellent in any diet where the person is aiming for weight reduction as ¼ cup of dry quinoa only contains 170 calories and can provide double the protein as the same amount of rice.
When looking to add nutrient packed foods to any diet, consider exploring the benefits and versatility of quinoa. This power-packed superfood has been benefiting nutritionists and dietary experts for years and it’s time it makes its way into mainstream diets and mealtimes.
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