New Healthy Food #2
Monday, Jan 17, 2011
New healthy food #1 was sardines, which is rich in protein, calcium, vitamin D, and omega-3 unsaturated fatty acid. I hope you gave it a try and feel healther and adverturous. Next, let's try what seems like a grain, quinoa.
Quinoa is a South American food that was originally grown in the Andes, where it has been a staple for the Inca people for over 6,000 years. When cooked, quinoa resembels a grain or cereal, but it's actually more closely related to beets than true grains. Once considered an exotic food, quinoa has been making its way into mainstream American markets. With a light texture and nutty flavor, quinoa is usually a substitute for rice, couscous, or oats. Compared to those grains, quinoa offers a more balanced nutritional profile: 9 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per cooked cup. Unlike most plants, quinoa contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source.
As such a complete nutritional powerhouse, it is no wonder that quinoa was such an important food for the Incas. We are fortunate that it is now easily accessible to us. So, give quinoa a try, and maybe it will become a staple in your diet.