What is this magically delicious (and healthy) grain that’s not really a grain? Quinoa is actually a seed and is not only tasty and filling but also filled with fiber and protein. It has a slightly nutty flavor and can be cooked or sprinkled over cereal for a more crunchy taste. My roommate cooked some while back with a bullion cube and it was so flavorful! It would easy to eat under chicken instead of a bed of rice or even over salad.
1 cup of quinoa contains:
- About 222 calories
- 5 grams of fiber
- 8 grams of protein
- 20 percent of your daily folate value which contains many health benefits including decreasing depression and keeping your brain active (thanks to vitamin B)!
- 30 percent of your daily magnesium
Other awesome benefits of quinoa:
- Quinoa can help protect you against migraines! How? Filled with magnesium (which helps stop blood vessel constriction) and riboflavin (promoting increased muscle cell metabolism), quinoa acts as a great protective agent for headaches and migraines.
- Great source of calcium, especially for those who can’t eat dairy. With 30mg of calcium per cup cooked!
My roommate also sent me a great article on ways to boost quinoa and get more nutritional BOOM out of your meal!
Most grocery stores sell quinoa in the bulk section for cheap. You’ll be surprised at how fast this stuff fills you up and how delicious it really is!