PowerHouse Purchase: Quinoa.

Cutting out the majority of meat can be a challenge for many.  Lean meats are full of protein, good fats, and they keep us feeling fuller for longer.  I feel this is why the paleo diet has caught on so quickly for those with active life styles.  Quinoa has gained popularity in vegan and vegetarian-based recipes as a total meat-replacement.  This, however, is not always the best option for all.  Quinoa DOES contain protein but not nearly as much as lean, fat-trimmed meats.  Read up on the benefits of quinoa here, and maybe start choosing quinoa as a GRAIN replacement instead of a MEAT replacement.

Regardless of how you would prefer to use quinoa or what you’re replacing with it, quinoa has a lot of benefits for you and can help create a little more diversity in texture to some of your favorite “staple” meals.

Why You Should Own This Shtuff:

1.)  Quinoa is a complete protein and contains fiber (just don’t depend on quinoa solely to get your protein fix):  

“Quinoa is high in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which make it potentially beneficial for human health in the prevention and treatment of disease. Quinoa contains small amounts of the heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and, in comparison to common cereal grasses has a higher content of monounsaturated fat.

As a complete protein, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids – including the elusive lysine and isoleucine acids, which most other grains lack. Naturally high in dietary fibre, quinoa is a slowly digested carbohydrate, making it a good low-GI option.”

Read more here!

2.)  Quinoa has a slight nutty flavor and is a good addition to “comfort food” favorites.  Try adding quinoa instead of rice to your next batch of stuffed peppers.  Quinoa cooks up light and fluffy but still contains a slight crunch.  It takes on pretty much any flavoring you would like, so it is an easy substitute for meals that contain rice and other grains.  Plus, it’s gluten-free if you go that route.  Try cooking quinoa in a pan with a cup of coconut milk for a lightly-flavored side of quinoa (or use it as a base!).

Coconut Quinoa.

Coconut Quinoa.

I purchase mine in the bulk section to avoid over-priced packaging fees.

Going “less meat” not “meat less” can be a hard decision to make, and you may feel you have nothing to make anymore.  Try using quinoa to as a substitute to get some protein for the day and fiber to help keep your digestive system strong.  Other “meat substitutes” can be found here.

I keep a container of quinoa around at all times, and it has come in handy when we’re running low on food for the week.  Check back later this week for a yummy recipe for Quinoa Chili!  Happy Cooking!


3 responses to “PowerHouse Purchase: Quinoa.

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