The quinoa gained popularity due to its great advantages, so much so that it entered the category of so-called “superfoods“. Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal found throughout the Andes mountain range. In fact, there are historical records that this food was cultivated around 5,000 years ago by the pre-Inca and Inca peoples of the region.
Although we cannot find the term “quinoa” in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy, “quinua” does appear. Despite this, the term “quinoa” has spread around the world to call this seed. In Quechua, it is called “chisiya” (mother grain).
Properties and benefits of quinoa.
The quinoa it is more than a seed; This contains a high percentage of fiber and has one of the highest protein intakes of popular grains, on top of that it has an index low blood sugar, which makes it an ally for people with diabetes.
Quinoa also helps to control weight, thanks to its high percentage of fiber, ideal for purifying the body of toxins and waste while generating a feeling of fullness.
In fact, it is no accident that FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) declared 2013 as the year of quinoa trying to boost consumption with its excellent health properties. Its main producing countries are Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. Its production has tripled in recent years given its worldwide demand.
Quinoa has also been widely recommended as athlete food thanks to minerals, proteins and complex hydrates which means a strong injection of natural and healthy energy.
This grain is also known for its properties anti-aging thanks to its high content of flavonoids, the main natural antioxidants in our body. On top of that, including quinoa in your diet helps fight sagging skin and improves muscle building, helping to erase cellulite and stretch marks.
Quinoa has a high protein level, up to 23%, and is made up of minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium, not to mention vitamins C, E, B1 B2 and niacin. As if that weren’t enough, its fat content is rich and healthy, plentiful in Omega 6 as well as its amino acids which stimulate brain development.
Quinoa recipes. How is quinoa prepared?
First of all, it is important to wash the grains with a stream of cold water for a few seconds, unless you have purchased pre-washed Quinoa.
These nutritious seeds are roasted to make flour, although they can also be cooked to add to soup. In fact, it is even recommended to prepare mash for young children.
The most common form of prepare quinoa use three parts water for one part of grain. By simmering it for about 15 minutes, we make sure that, like pasta, the quinoa is al dente, to be consumed immediately in order to get the most of its nutritional content.
Quinoa is also perfect to mix with salads thanks to its crunchy texture and other vegetable-based dishes, it is even used as an ingredient in veggie burgers. In addition, quinoa is a great alternative for replace rice, especially for people who cannot eat gluten. Even if The rice itself does not contain gluten, when it is processed or refined, substances that contain it can be added.
For this and many other reasons, quinoa is undoubtedly one of the superfoods of this century. So don’t wait any longer and start including this amazing seed in your daily diet. You can find many recipes on the net since its popularity has increased in recent years.
Quinoa is also ideal for making our vegetable milk. A highly nutritious, high protein option that is easy to prepare and can be used in a variety of recipes.
- 250 calories.
- 68 gr of carbohydrates.
- 16 gr of protein.
- 4 gr of healthy fats.
- Essential amino acids.
- Vitamins C, E, B1, B2, B3, E, folic acid and minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium.
(per 100 g of dry quinoa).