The Golden Grain : Quinoa

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By Pallavi Sharma

Wow! There goes the glare, and here come the minced words! Yes people, I completely understand the cause of your frustration, anger and probably a depletion of interest in my blog. So here’s what happened to me, the cold cough and irritating flu of a writer, the Writer’s Block. Yes! it caught me too and pushed me down into this couch of laziness and lack of motivation. But the constant Advil doses of regular motivation from some truly concerned friends, brought me back up again and I feel ALIVE! So this one’s for all you information hoggers out there. Come feed on this brand new information that I am about to share with you and enrich your lives to become a better and a healthier you!

So why do you think I’d want to share with you the secrets of Quinoa? If I were in a room of 20 people wanting to undergo an overhaul of their diet, by a show of hands how many do you think would know about it? Not many I suppose. So here you go! Quinoa (spelt as “Keen Wah”) is an ancient grain of the South America which was discovered quite recently. It was popularly known as “The Gold of The Incas” by the Incas tribe of South America, who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. This grain indeed has astronomical health benefits. Here are a few:

  • It contains the purest form of “complete protien” which means that it contains all the 9 essential amino-acids. Makes it a great choice for vegans concerned about protien intake. It’s primarily enriched with amino-acid lysine which is responsible for tissue repair.
  • Being rich in Manganese, Magnesium, Iron, Copper and Phosphorus, this grain makes it ideal for people suffering with Migraine headaches, diabetes and Atherosclerosis.
  • Eating a serving of whole grains, such as quinoa, at least 6 times each week is an especially good idea for postmenopausal women with high cholesterol, high blood pressure or other signs of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
  • Eating foods high in insoluble fiber, such as quinoa, can help women avoid gallstones, shows a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Insoluble fibre help prevent gallstones by increasing the speed of the food moving through the intestine, reducing the secretion of bile acids, increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing blood fats.

I am sure these few, not all benefits of Quinoa might make you rethink your diet and rush to the nearest Whole Foods today. But you may wonder how are you supposed cook it. Well I cook it the simplest way possible. Take a handful, mix it with enough water and dump it in a rice cooker and let it cook for about 10 to 15 minutes. When it seems to have become swollen and jelly like soft, put it aside to cool. Add some buttermilk, honey and almond chips and savour this delicious dish as a breakfast, lunch or even dinner! Here’s an article from www.quinoakitchen.com which shares some neat ways of cooking Quinoa.

http://www.quinoakitchen.com/how-to-cook-quinoa/

Enjoy this nutritious grain and grow with it’s benefits!

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About pallavisharma

Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

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