This superfood seems to be becoming more and more popular as American’s begin to pay much needed attention to healthy eating habits. Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is an easy and surprisingly tasty food that can be added to a variety of your favorite dishes. It is a grain-like plant with edible seeds that turn soft, with a little crunch, when cooked. What makes it a famous superfood is its extreme protein content that includes many essential amino acids. Protein gives you more of a full feeling than most macronutrients, so weight loss and Quinoa go hand and hand. The complete protein also contains a significant amount of phosphorus, magnesium, fiber and calcium. The calcium content makes Quinoa an excellent substitute for vegans or those who suffer from lactose intolerance. It is also gluten-free, making it easily digestible.
Quinoa can be cooked just like rice, and may also be the perfect carbohydrate replacement for dishes that include pasta. It resembles couscous and the pseudo-grain is most commonly used in salads, casseroles, and even as a flour substitute. The internet and recently published cookbooks are flooding with recipes made with Quinoa because people enjoy the taste along with that no-guilt feeling.