So THAT’S Why You Should Be Eating Quinoa

February 12, 2018

Quinoa boomed into popularity a few years back, so by now most of us have at least tried it and kind of know how to pronounce it( it’s keen-wa ). This South American grain took our grocery stores by blizzard because it’s been heralded as a superfood, but do you know why? It’s pretty simple, really — there are four main reasons.

1. When it comes to quinoa, it’s all about the protein. For some of us, getting our fill of protein in a way that doesn’t involve fatty red meats can be a challenge. And that’s why quinoa is so great. Unlike the other grains we eat, a serving of quinoa( about 100 grams) actually provides us with 8 grams of complete protein. A complete protein contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs, and it’s tough to find in vegetarian form. But quinoa fits the bill.

2. Protein aside, quinoa is also full of fiber. It has almost twice as much fiber as most other grains we feed. Fiber’s important because it can help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

3. Quinoa is high in minerals, too. The ones that most people don’t get enough of, like iron and magnesium to name a couple. Iron is essential because it helps keep our red blood cell healthy. And magnesium is good because it promotes healthy blood sugar control.

4. It’s naturally gluten free. This is a huge benefit to anyone with Celiac disease or those who are simply gluten intolerant.

There are many other great benefits to eating quinoa, but above are the four main pillars. Now that you know, don’t you merely want to eat a bowl? Here are the recipes you need to induce that happen in the most delicious route possible.

1 Greek Quinoa Dinner Omelets With Feta And Tzatziki

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2 Crunchy Quinoa And Dark Chocolate Brown Butter Granola

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3 Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes

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4 Crispy Black Bean Quinoa Burritos

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5 Baked Quinoa Falafel

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6 Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls

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7 Quinoa-Stuffed Eggplant With A Roasted Garlic Raita

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8 Greek Goddess Chickpea And Quinoa Nachos With Pita Chips

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9 Quinoa Hash Browns

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10 Quinoa Tortillas

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11 Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl

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12 Kidney Bean And Quinoa Soft Tacos

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13 Quinoa Salad With Mango, Snap Peas, Ginger And Lime

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14 Quinoa Pizza With Meyer Lemon, Goat Cheese And Basil

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15 Quinoa And Avocado Chimichurri Salad

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16 Quinoa Breakfast Skillet

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17 Enchilada Chicken& Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

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18 One Pot Kale And Quinoa Pilaf

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19 Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes With Blackberry Salsa

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20 Quinoa Tabbouleh With Chickpeas

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21 Sweet Potato, Quinoa And Dark Chocolate Coconut Crumble Crunch Muffins

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22 Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders With Sweet Corn

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23 Basil Parmesan Quinoa Cakes

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24 Quinoa Salad With Charred Sweet Corn& Avocado

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25 Quinoa And Mango Salad With Lemony-Ginger Dressing

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26 Quinoa Crusted Baked Three-Cheese Zucchini And Eggplant Parmesan

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27 Coconut Breakfast Quinoa

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28 Yuzu Poppy Seed Quinoa Pancakes

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29 Chicken-Quinoa Burgers

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30 Black Bean And Quinoa Enchilada Bake

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31 Caprese Quinoa Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms With Balsamic Glaze

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32 Quinoa Crunch

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33 Quinoa Pilaf With Chipotle, Queso Fresco And Lime

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34 Quinoa Cakes With Poached Egg And Parsley

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35 Vanilla Bean Coconut Quinoa Pudding With Honey Drizzled Raspberries

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36 Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

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37 Curried Quinoa And Asparagus Salad

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38 Italian Quinoa Risotto Lasagna Casserole With Truffle Oil

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39 Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Quinoa, Cranberries And Miso

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40 Strawberry And Quinoa Parfait

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41 Quinoa And Burrata Caprese Salad

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42 Quinoa And Farro Salad With Pickled Fennel

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43 Maple Quinoa Granola

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44 Chipotle Quinoa Sweet Potato Tacos With Roasted Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa

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45 Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fried Plantain And Coconut Fried Quinoa With Macadamia Nuts

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46 Quinoa Crusted Chicken Strips With BBQ Honey Mustard

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47 Coconut Crusted Brie Stuffed Quinoa Bites With Sweet Cranberries

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48 Quinoa And Cauliflower Chowder

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49 Pretzel Bread Quinoa Stuffing With Garlic Butter Mushrooms

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50 Asian Quinoa Salad

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