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Quintessential Quinoa

Posted on Nov. 2nd 2010 No Comments »

A staple of the Incan warrior’s diet, quinoa (pronounced kin-wa) is an excellent addition to anyone’s nutrition regimen. While often mistakenly referred to as a grain, quinoa is actually a seed that is related to leafy greens. Once known as “the gold of the Incas”, quinoa offered these warriors a powerful fuel that sustained them through battle. What differentiates quinoa from other healthy plants is that it offers complete protein, which is a full spectrum amino acid profile. Balancing your diet with quality sources of both animal and vegetarian sources of protein helps the body maintain a healthy pH for healthy living and athletic recovery.

In addition to protein, quinoa seeds are packed with fiber, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. These nutrients aid in tissue growth and repair, and they help support the cardiovascular system.

Cooked seeds have a light, fluffy texture and a flavorful, nutty taste. Quinoa is a smart substitute for nutrient-poor side dishes such as white rice or mashed potatoes.

Dr. Chris’ Lemon-Scallion Quinoa

1 cup dry quinoa
1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped scallions

Prepare the quinoa as described on the package (usually 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa). Combine prepared quinoa with scallions. Mix together the lemon zest, lemon juice and olive oil, then toss with the quinoa and scallions. Season with a dash of sea salt and black pepper. Makes 4 servings: 195 calories per serving.

Posted by Chris | in Health and Fitness, Quinoa, Recipe, Scallion

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