I think Gillian McKeith first introduced me to these through one of her books.
Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe food with high phytonutrient content that some may believe confers health benefits as a result. For example, blueberries are often considered a superfood (or superfruit) because they contain significant amounts of antioxidants, anthocyanins, vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fibre.
I do believe in superfoods even though they have been disputed by some people, and so I am going to dedicate some posts to them. The first one I would like to discuss in Quinoa.
Origins– Comes from South America mainly. Very versatile. I use granoVita Organic brand which I bought from Morrisons but I know you can get it from most Health Food Stores. I don’t eat meat or fish so this is an excellent source of nutrition for me – and for anyone. It takes around 15 minutes to prepare from the dried grains. You can do so much with it.
Nutritional Value –
It is actually a seed, not a grain, and is gluten free. When cooked, the grain itself is soft and delicate, but the germ is crunchy, creating an interesting texture combination.
It is an excellent meat substitute in vegetarian dishes. It can be used in stir-fries, soups, stews, salads and many more delicious combinations.
Donna Gates is a Nutritional Consultant and she talks in detail on her website about the benefits of Quinoa – definitely worth a read.
- Complete protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles.
- Magnesiumhelps relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa contains high levels of this vital nutrient.
- Fiber. Quinoa is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon.
- Manganese and copper. Quinoa is a good source of these minerals that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances.
Worth a try if you haven’t already wouldn’t you say.