Quinoa is an ancient grain-like food returning to popularity and revered by those wanting to eat green. And there’s a good reason for that! Quinoa is packed with nutrition and can be used to replace meat in a meal completely! That’s great news for those trying to watch their grocery budget or trying to eat vegan and vegetarian!
What health benefits does quinoa offer?
Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids required as building blocks for the human body. Also, when comparing quinoa to other grains such as wheat, barley, and corn, it’s higher in calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc. And it’s completely gluten-free!
Do you have to soak quinoa before cooking it?
Quinoa is best when it has been soaked or sprouted because this process releases its full complement of nutrients and makes it very easy to digest. It is the easiest grain to sprout, taking only about an hour. But if you are in a hurry, you can soak it for about 5 minutes and still get great results.
What is the best way to eat quinoa?
We personally love to eat quinoa in a spicy shrimp and avocado bowl like in the recipe below. But quinoa can also be served in numerous delicious ways! It is also great paired with grilled asparagus, candied carrots, baby bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes in romaine lettuce boats with a honey mustard dressing.