Here's Why Quinoa Is Actually Good For You

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Keep reading to find out why quinoa is actually good for you
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Now that you know why quinoa is good for you, try out this recipe.

Quinoa is technically a seed that is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain. It tastes amazing, it is high in protein, and it is gluten-free. Quinoa is actually good for you because it contains twice as much fiber as other grains; it also contains iron, lysine, and magnesium. Magnesium is known to reduce type 2 diabetes by promoting a healthy blood sugar, lysine is essential for tissue growth repair, and fiber is known to prevent high blood pressure.

Overall, quinoa can help you live a better life. Below, you’ll find the nutritional breakdown of one cup of cooked quinoa as well as recipes for you to try out.

Nutritional breakdown of one cup of cooked quinoa:

  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Manganese: 58 percent
  • Magnesium: 30 percent
  • Phosphorus: 28 percent
  • Folate: 19 percent
  • Copper: 18 percent
  • Iron: 15 percent
  • Zinc: 13 percent
  • Potassium: 9 percent

Apricot Cilantro Quinoa Pilaf

Dried apricots sprinkle this quinoa pilaf with chewy, sweet fruit flavors which balance crunchy, toasted pumpkin seeds. Cilantro and lemon juice brighten this hearty, healthy grain salad. — Meatless Monday

For the Apricot Cilantro Quinoa Pilaf recipe, click here.

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa Pudding

This is a quick and easy way to receive healthy fats and nutrients in the morning. By keeping cooked quinoa on hand, you are prepared to make salads, warm quinoa bowls, and tasty breakfasts.

For the Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa Pudding recipe, click here.

Quinoa and Chicken Burritos

These quinoa and chicken burritos are a great lunch option. Warmed whole-wheat tortillas, rotisserie chicken, and black beans are all part of this delicious recipe. — Real Simple

For the Quinoa and Chicken Burritos recipe, click here.