Wondering why quinoa’s a superfood? Let’s dive in!
First off, it’s naturally gluten-free. WIN!
I love when things are gluten-free because I don’t worry about it irritating my stomach/causing bloat. I’m gluten sensitive, so I still have gluten sometimes, but I try to avoid it as much as possible.
It’s also a complete protein. That’s big!
A complete protein contains all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce on their own & needs to get from our diet. All animal sources of protein are complete proteins, but many plant sources aren’t. So it’s cool that quinoa is a complete protein.
It also provides more protein than most grains.
3/4 cooked quinoa (1/4 cup dry) provides 6g protein while 3/4 cooked white rice contains a 3.2g protein.
For context, 1 hard-boiled egg = 6g of protein.
Here are some more deets:
1/4 cup dry (3/4 cup cooked) contains:
- 6g protein (complete protein!)
- 3g fiber (12% daily recommended value)
- 10% daily recommended iron
It’s also super filling, so it’ll keep you full longer. It’s still pretty high in carbs (30g for 3/4 cup cooked quinoa—10% DV) but at least it’s providing complete protein, fiber & iron, so I’m a fan!
I usually get the organic tricolor quinoa from Trader Joe’s.
So let’s recap?
It’s gluten-free, a great source of complete protein & provides fiber & iron. YES, PLEASE.
I feel like it earned its title as a superfood, don’t you think? ; )
My favorite way to have it is in a quinoa bowl—quinoa + veggies, like sautéed mushrooms, sautéed tomatoes and onions, avocado, and bell peppers—or as a snack with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top (so quick & easy!). Sometimes I’ll add it to salads, too.
Since you can add it to so many different kinds of meals, I usually make it in bulk so I’ll have leftovers & can keep it in the fridge—that way I can pull it out when I’m hungry to make a quick snack or a quinoa bowl. SO YUM!
What’s your favorite way to have it? Tell, tell : )
+ learn more about nutritional yeast (for delicious, parmesan flavor that’s vegan, & also a complete protein w/ vitamin b12 + fiber)
+ learn about hemp seeds (another great source of complete protein + fiber)
+ more nutrition tips & tricks
Some kitchen faves: