Whether your New Year’s resolution is developing six pack abs or losing those pesky extra couple of pounds, a simple little grain called Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) just might be part of your answer. Remember that a healthy body is made in the kitchen as well as in the gym!
This little seed which looks, cooks and tastes like a grain, was first cultivated over 5,000 years ago in the Andes mountains of South America. These days, quinoa has become a phenom superfood among nutritionists, athletes, and health nuts alike!
Some benefits of Quinoa:
3) Easy to Prepare
5) Quinoa has a long list of nutritional benefits as well:
a.) Quinoa has a low glycemic index and is high in fiber. It makes you feel full while consuming fewer calories, and helps you steer clear of the blood-sugar roller coaster.
b.) Quinoa is a complete protein which means that you do not need to combine quionoa with other foods if you are preparing a vegetarian meal. It is a great grain substitute for dieters!
c.) Quinoa contains Iron. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron; Iron helps the body generate red blood cells, aids in neurotransmitter synthesis, and it aids in the regulation of body temperature, enzyme activity and energy metabolism.
The bottom line is that Quinoa makes you feel great! It’s the perfect fuel to keep your energy high for good workouts and will help you reach your fitness goals!
Forbes, Health 6/26/12. 7 Benefits Of Quinoa: The Supergrain Of The Future
Quinoa: An In-Depth Guide to the Amazing Health Benefits, Uses, and Other Darned Interesting Facts of this Beloved Body Ecology “Grain”, http://bodyecology.com/articles/quinoa_benefits_guide.php