7 Great Reasons To Eat Quinoa

 

We ran a marathon 5 hour boot camp session recently and half way throgh we made sure everyone was refuelled properly by laying on some lunch for them. The main dish was a quinoa recipe that was a massive hit. Everyone loved it.

We take it for granted in our household and have it on a regular basis (the kids even love it) as it’s a much healthier alternative to other grains or pastas.

With this in mind I thought you might know a little bit more about this superfood yourself:

Quinoa dates back 3000 to 4000 years and was discovered by the Incas. It was believed to be a ‘food from the gods’ and they fed it to their warriors to give them extra stamina.

Here are 7 of the main benefits:

  1. It’s protein rich containing 9 essential amino acids. Great alternative to meat if you’re vegetarian.
  2. It contains twice as much fibre as most other grains. A fibre rich diet helps to reduce constipation, prevent the risk of heart disease and keep blood pressure in order.
  3. High in manganese which is an antioxidant which protects cells from injury from free radicals.
  4. It contains Lysine. This is essential for muscle growth and repair.
  5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. This promotes healthy blood sugar control and therefore reduce type 2 diabetes. It also helps to relax blood vessels which reduces the chances of migraines.
  6. Quinoa contains iron. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies it to our muscles to aid in their contraction.
  7. It’s high in the vitamin B2 which improves energy metabolism.

 

So get down to your local supermarket and buy some. It’s great.

Let me know if you’d like a nice quinoa recipe to follow?

Ricky