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September 22, 2014 • Healthy Living

6 Great Reasons to Eat Quinoa

  • quinoa saladOf all whole grains, quinoa has the best overall nutritional profile. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Quinoa provides complete protein – which is very rare in the plant kingdom.
  • Quinoa is uniquely high in two highly prized and super potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, kaemferol and quercetin. (Even more than in berries!)
  • Quinoa is naturally gluten-free – making it especially suitable for those avoiding gluten.
  • Quinoa provides healthy monounsaturated fats and even some omega 3 fats – another unique feature of this grain food!
  • Quinoa cooks quickly and is remarkably versatile in the kitchen. Follow me on Instagram to see how I make quinoa a staple in my life. (Based on my hands-on experience, the three  keys to making yummy quinoa are toasting the grains in a tiny bit of oil before adding your cooking liquid; cooking in chicken broth vs. water; and using slightly less broth than the recipe calls for on the package instructions. I buy mine in bulk from Costco because it is shelf stable and a fantastic value.)