Quinoa is a high in protein and gluten free food, considered as one of the world’s most popular health foods. It is one of the very few plant foods that contain all nine important amino acids. It is also high in fiber, iron, potassium, calcium, vitamin E and various essential antioxidants.
Let’s glance through the benefits of using quinoa seeds-
1) Perfect for people with gluten intolerance
You can stay gluten free by using Quinoa because it’s a seed and not a grain, thus, it does not contain any gluten or wheat in it. You are now open to a wide variety of quinoa recipes without worrying if it’s going to upset your body system.
2) Helps to maintain your body weight
The fiber quotient in the Quinoa helps the body to get rid of the excess fat and also helps you feel fuller throughout the day. This in return helps your digestive processes and helps you eat less. In short, quinoa helps you avoid overeating and maintains your diet.
3) Reduces cholesterol
Again fiber plays an important role in reducing your cholesterol. Many people rely on medicines to reduce cholesterol but with doctor’s advice and certain dietary changes you can reduce or avoid the medication to keep your cholesterol under control. Quinoa can be used in a variety of recipes and makes it easy.
4) Controls blood pressure
Yes, the fiber levels in quinoa have a direct effect on your blood pressure. Quinoa has a very delicate flavor and hence can be used in about any food recipe without harming the original taste of the food. Thus, it’s one of the easiest ways to keep your blood pressure levels in check.
5) Balances blood sugar levels
Adding quinoa to your meal will help you maintain or reduce your blood sugar levels. If there is a specific dish or a recipe that you can’t have normally, see if adding quinoa seeds helps brining it down to a point where you can enjoy your favorite dish without worrying. Once you feel that the quinoa seeds are helping you, try out in most of your meals you eat during the day.
Here’s a simple recipe using Quinoa seeds-
- 3 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage or finely chopped kale
- 1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
- 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
- ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
- ⅓ cup cilantro
- 1 batch dressing of your choice
Mix the salad ingredients in a large bowl and pour the dressing over the salad. Toss it up and serve instantly.
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