Quinoa – so much more than just gluten free.
Quinoa, a sacred food crop for the Inca civilisation, this little seed (pronounced keen-wah) is usually considered a whole grain, but actually a relative of spinach and chard and packed with nutritional goodness. High in nutrient value and a useful source of certain health-supportive fats, it’s also high in fibre and protein and contains all the essential amino acids (including lysine, which is crucial for growing and repairing body tissues). It is easily digested, which means the body can readily access its vitamins and minerals. Studies have also provided an expanded list of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in quinoa, suggesting it may offer significant assistance in decreasing risk of inflammation related problems, including obesity and associated chronic diseases.
Available in most supermarkets and health food stores, it comes in red, white and black, whatever you prefer. Quinoa flour and noodles are a great alternative to white pasta. Very easy to cook, just follow the instructions on the packet, it can be incorporated into meals across the day.
For breakfast: quinoa is perfect as a hot breakfast cereal – add a small teaspoon of honey and some fruit – berries, a banana, or a fresh fruit salad.
For lunch/dinner: quinoa is a great substitute for rice or couscous in salads, or for stuffed peppers or courgettes. Great for soups and stews, you can even use quinoa noodles instead of white pasta.
Check out great quinoa recipes in the Just Routine App Cookbook – or add your own!
Note: Those who are gluten intolerant should always consult with a doctor or dietian if they have not included quinoa in their diet before.
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