Quinoa benefits

Quinoa benefits

Quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) Quinoa is a native food plant of high nutritional value, grown in the Andean region and used as food by the Incas and previous cultures. Benefits: Quinoa provides a nutritional, economical, easy-to-prepare and flavourful food source which is particularly useful for those with a gluten intolerance as it is a gluten free seed. It is a well digested source of quality protein which has a good balance of amino acids.  It is exceptionally high in lysine, an amino acid which is not overly abundant in the vegetable kingdom. It is also a good complement for legumes, which are often low in methionine and cysteine. Quinoa also has a relatively high quantity of vitamins and minerals. It contains more calcium, magnesium, and zinc than common cereals, and also has a particularly high iron content. Quinoa seeds are also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B-vitamins (B1, B2, folic acid), potassium, and copper. Quinoa seeds also contain some good quality vegetable oil (unsaturated fats) and are high in fibre.   Tasty Quinoa Porridge (Serves 2)   1/2 cup cooked quinoa                                                1 cup almond or rice milk water 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon 1 stewed apple/pear  home-made seed mix or LSA  shredded coconut and hemp powder is optional  blueberries  Optional:                                                                                                                                                            Fruit- eg. 1/2 banana chopped, berries, dates or sultanas Nuts and seeds- eg. chia seeds, LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond meal), pepitas, walnuts, almonds, hemp powder Place the quinoa and stewed apple in a wide saucepan and add 1 cup of rice milk. Bring to a boil over high heat....