Which food is strangely reminiscent of a grain, yet is a seed?

Quinoa (keen-wah), a seed currently at the forefront of health food, is most often categorized as a “grain” for its similar properties. While it is just becoming increasingly popular, it has actually been around for thousands of years already. Ancient Incas called it “chisiya mama” or “the mother of all grains”. Quinoa was a sacred “grain” to them – the first quinoa of every season was planted during a special ceremony and used as a main food source for the brave Inca warriors. Here at Plava Tikva we went through a pile of research on quinoa and we bring you three big reasons why you should enjoy this fluffy-textured and nutty flavored “grain” more often.

  • High in protein. High in fiber. Immensely nutritious.

Quinoa has high nutritional value. And by “high” we mean “the UN declared 2013 as the global Quinoa Year” high. If you are in search of an excellent plant-based protein source, go and get some quinoa. Not only that it is the one “grain” that is complete protein, but it almost has double the protein content of many other grains (brown rice and barley included!). Besides, quinoa is also much higher in fiber than most grains are. Studies show that fiber can help control blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol levels and help with weight loss.

  • Quinoa has a low glycemic index, and that matters.

The glycemic index (GI) is a ranking system based on the effects that food has on blood sugar levels. Low-GI value translates to slow digestion and absorption of food which raises blood sugar levels slower than moderate- or high-GI food does. Good blood sugar control improves cholesterol levels, helps prevent complications of diabetes, and may even reduce risk of cancer and heart disease. For ideal healthy plate, one should aim for half vegetables/salad, quarter lean protein (chicken, shrimps, and tofu are all beloved Plava Tikva’s additions!), and quarter low-GI carbohydrate such as quinoa.

  • Minerals, vitamins, antioxidants – all is there.

The “grain” is rich in vitamins B and E, as well as important minerals such as iron, potassium and magnesium. As such, it has been correlated with better skin health, improved metabolism, and stronger bones. Quinoa is also a good source of antioxidants, compounds that help protect cells from free radical damage. It is particularly rich in manganese, an antioxidant-related mineral, crucial for development and metabolism. Additionally, quinoa is naturally gluten free and as such is a great alternative to many gluten-containing grains. The indigenous people have cultivated quinoa long enough for it to be a gift that you are able to enjoy today. So let us express some gratitude by chopping an apple, adding it to a greek yoghurt and sprinkling some quinoa over for a protein-packed breakfast. Or making it the base of Plava Tikva’s salad – a wholesome lunch choice that will make you full for hours and hours. Or adding this bead-shaped marvel to what is left of last night’s dinner bean wrap. You get the point – just get creative, quinoa will take care of the rest.

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