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:
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
Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa Pudding
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