What's so great about Quinoa?

Written on the 21 January 2015 by Studio Pilates

What It's Good For

Technically quinoa is not a grain but a relative of green leafy vegetables like spinach. It's gluten free and has a low GI of 53, +  it's  a complete protein which means that it contains a good serving of all nine essential amino acids that the body needs for repair. The omega 3 fatty acids contained in the flaxseeds help protect the body against damage from infection and can also help fight against cholesterol.Apples are high fiber and low GI and add a lovely natural sweetness so you don't need to add sugar.

While it may look humble, quinoa is one of the world's most nutritious and healthy foods. Pronounced "Keen-wah," this superfood is not only packed with fibre, vitamins and protein, but it can also help you lose weight!

Often referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually the seed of a plant related to spinach and swiss chard! Quinoa has a number of reported health benefits such as the ability to reduce migraine frequency through its high levels of magnesium.

Read below to find out how this superfood can help you shed the kilos and keep them off!

5 Ways Quinoa Can Help you Lose Weight

1. Low GI

Quinoa has a low glycymic index which means that it will leave you feeling fuller for longer and help curb the cravings. Quinoa is also a great choice for diabetics because it will not send their blood sugar skyrocketing.

2. Protein

Quinoa is packed with protein! Quinoa is considered a "complete" protein which means that, like animal products such as meat and eggs, this superfood contains a special combination of amino acids which helps build muscle. Because most plant-based products are considered "incomplete" sources of protein, quinoa is an important staple for vegetarians and vegans looking to tone up and lose weight.

3. Vitamins and Minerals

Quinoa is also a great source of iron, vitamin b, calcium, magnesium, folate, and fibre!

4. Lysine

Quinoa is rich Lysine, an amino acid which helps build and repair skeletal muscle tissue in the body. As a result, quinoa is a great compliment to your pilates and cardio workouts, aiding the body's recovery after exercise and helping to get you back out on the reformers sooner!

5. Internal Detox

Quinoa also acts an an internal detox, aiding the digestion of food. As such, quinoa can help reduce bloating, constipation and gas. Quinoa's high vitamin b and folate levels also assist the liver in eliminating waste (is there anything it can't do?)

To incorporate this fat-blasting food into your diet, serve quinoa instead of rice with your stir-fries or try making quinoa porridge for breakfast.

How to Store and Prepare Quinoa

Store quinoa in an airtight container. It will keep for a longer period of time, approximately three to six months, if stored in the refrigerator. Cooked quinoa seeds are fluffy with a delicate nutty flavour.  Wash quinoa seeds well under cold water in a fine mesh strainer, gently rubbing the seeds together with your hands. To ensure that any saponins have been removed, taste a few seeds. If they still have a bitter taste, continue the rinsing process. While the processing methods used in the commercial cultivation remove much of the saponins that can coat quinoa seeds, it is still a good idea to thoroughly wash the seeds to remove any remaining saponin residue.

To cook the quinoa, add one part of the seed to two parts water in a saucepan. After the mixture is brought to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cover just like you would rice. It takes about 15 minutes to cook and you will notice that the seeds have become translucent. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before enjoying.

Author: Studio Pilates