QUINTESSENTIAL QUINOA

The word superfood gets thrown around a lot.
Wikipedia defines “SUPERFOODS” as a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits.
Using this as a guideline it would take me a lifetime to compile a list.
According to The Today Show’s nutritionist Joy Bauer, there are 10. Dr Lipman has 9 on his list. Dr Oz has 11.
All of these respected leaders in the health and wellness industry don’t agree on how many there are never mind which ones we need.

BsInHtuIUAAYZlKIronically, the superfood I want to mention is NOT on any of these lists!!
QUINOA was coined a superfood long before “SUPERFOOD” was a page on facebook to like.
It is a powerful food that hails from the mountainous regions of Peru and Bolivia. Inca armies relied on its sustenance to endure days even weeks at a time of marching.
The Spanish arrived sometime during the 1500’s and soon realized how valuable it was to the region. They made it illegal to grow and consume.

This superfood has been gaining popularity and for very good reason. Its not a grain. The fact is that it actually comes from the same family as spinach and beets. I was shocked at that fact, too. This may help to explain why is comes in so many colors of the rainbow. Its a beautiful addition to any meal.
Back to why I think it’s a SUPERFOOD!

Quinoa is a complete protein.
1) it’s a “good” carbohydrate meaning it’s slow to convert sugar to fat. It helps to regulate blood sugar.
2) it’s not related to wheat. Its gluten free. A wonderful choice for Celiacs or those who suffer from Crohn’s or Colitis.
3) it’s the perfect carbohydrate to provide energy and endurance to muscles  IMG_20140627_075631
4) it helps to reduce blood pressure since it’s high in magnesium
5) quinoa contains protein so it’s a healthier carbohydrate.
6)can be substituted for rice, oatmeal, pasta or potatoes.
7)can be eaten cold or hot
8)it cooks like rice. It triples in volume.
9)it also comes in a flour or flake form so there are endless possibilities to cooking with it

It can be eaten as a breakfast cereal warm or diluted with any kind of milk.
It is great as a base to build on. Substituting it for a sandwich. Throwing vegetables, herbs, nuts, seeds and more of your chosen protein on top of it.
@aromaespresso does an awesome quinoa salad. I add tofu!
Baking with quinoa flour adds extra protein for those who are vegetarian or vegan.
I saw on twitter that it was used as a substitute for bread crumbs in turkey meatloaf. Fabulous!
The possibilities are endless.

For Canada Day, I made a refreshing light side dish. Preparing it in advance and making extra is a great time saver.

Recipe:
Box of organic quinoa cooked
Add to it: 6 green onions chopped
1/4 cup slivered raw almonds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
Dressing:
Juice of 1 orange and 1 lime and 2 tbsp of rind
1/4 cup olive oil and salt/pepper to taste.
For great recipes your next purchase should be:
QUINOA 365 The Everyday Superfood by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming

Happy healthy life
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