Deemed one of the world's healthiest foods, quinoa has gained popularity in our everyday diets for good reason. Unlike most grains, quinoa is a complete protein, meaning it has all nine essential amino acids. It's also low glycemic, meaning it does not spike your blood sugar, and it contains almost twice as much fiber as other grains. Quinoa is also rich in magnesium, provides B vitamins for energy and metabolism, and contains iron, which carries oxygen to your muscles. Athletes will benefit from fitting this superfood into their weekly meal plans so they can reap all these benefits from a single food.
5 Easy Quinoa Recipes
- For Breakfast: Try quinoa as a replacement for oatmeal and get both carbohydrates and protein. To sweeten it up, try this recipe, which uses blueberries, cinnamon and honey.
- As a Salad for Lunch: Instead of a wimpy lettuce salad, use quinoa as a base. The beauty of a quinoa salad is that it can be made ahead of time and still hold up well with dressing. My favorite mix-ins are avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta.
- In a Protein Bar: Making protein bars at home not only saves you money, it also avoids processed ingredients and artificial sweeteners. Try this recipe for a homemade quinoa-based protein bar that uses all real ingredients.
- As Meat Alternative: Thanks to its high protein content and hearty texture, quinoa can easily replace ground beef or ground turkey in many recipes. Try it as a filling for stuffed peppers or in this spicy chili recipe.
- Quinoa Mac and Cheese: Not that I really need to say more than "mac and cheese," but this delicious childhood favorite can be recreated using a protein-rich grain.
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