This weeks food of the week is Quinoa
Feel free to post any recipes, tips or nutrition info you may know on the food and try to make a point of using the food of the week in a meal at least one time during the week. I think this could be a fun informative thing for us to do and its a great way to get out of your comfort zone and try something new!
Please dont start a new topic for any info or recipes in posted in each food of the week. I will have a new topic thread for each food so that if anyone wants to go back and find a recipe or info it will be easy to locate.
Quinoa (pronounced keh-NO-ah or, sometimes, KEEN-wah) is a tiny, ancient Peruvian seed, which has a mild, nutty flavor, is related to leafy green vegetables and is often used like a grain. Quinoa is as versatile as rice but it has a protein content that is superior to that of most grains, because it contains all the essential amino acids. In particular, quinoa is high in lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth and repair. Itís also a good source of manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and it has a high iron content
Cooking quinoa is a great way to improve your health. It is often called a supergrain, even thought it isnít really a grain at all! Quinoa is an ancient seed that has recently become popular again. It is considered a complete protein, meaning that it contains all eight of the essential amino acids that the body is unable to produce on its own. Of special importance is the abundant presence of lysine, which is required for the growth and repair of body tissue. Most grains do not contain lysine and the absence of lysine can be a major issue for vegetarians if they are not careful with their diet.
Many people believe that quinoa is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Not only is it nutrient-packed, it is also gluten-free and wheat-free, making it very attractive to people who are gluten intolerant or who have wheat allergies. The vegetable protein found in quinoa is much easier to digest than meat protein and the slow releasing carbohydrates help maintain blood sugar levels and keep you fuller longer. Quinoa is free of cholesterol and trans fats making it a great part of a heart healthy diet.
Quinoa is a great way for those who struggle with anemia to get some extra iron. Additionally, it is a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, B vitamins, B6, Niacin and Thiamine.
Quinoa is very easy to cook. Itís important to rinse the seeds well, because they are naturally coated with a bitter substance that protects them against birds and other predators. Most packaged quinoa has already been cleaned, but it doesnít hurt to soak and rinse it just in case. Quinoa cooks in 15 minutes, and itís easy to tell when itís done because the seeds display a little white thread that curls around them
Quinoa Nutrition Facts
Nutrients per 1 cup of Cooked Quinoa (Quinoa nutritional profile can vary depending on the saponin removal method. The level of protein can especially vary ranging from 7% to 22%.)
8.2 g protein
40 g carbohydrate
31 mg calcium
2 mg Zinc
2.75 mg Iron
120 mg magnesium
5.2 grams fiber
Edited by: DOJORAT at: 2/25/2012 (22:44)
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