For recipes ideas to get you thinking about incorporating quinoa into your diet, check out these recipes:
Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Chili
Quinoa and Fennel Salad
Need a way to amp up your plate? Start with this 5000-year-old superfood! Although quite prevalent in ancient South America (Inca civilization), perhaps the most up-and-coming and mispronounced food in the past couple of years is a seed known as quinoa [keen-wah]. In fact, The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations recognizes 2013 as “The International Year of Quinoa”. So, what makes quinoa so special? To start, quinoa is full of protein (it has ALL of the essential amino acids) and heart-healthy fats. In addition, quinoa contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. These can later prevent diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Because of the high fiber and protein content in quinoa, it helps to regulate blood sugar, thus reducing the risk of diabetes. Quinoa is a versatile food; it can be used as a substitute for rice.