Ok I'll admit it - I'm mildly obsessed with quinoa. Ever since I first tasted that savory nutty seed, I've been in love. It's the perfect base for a lot of dishes, and great for those on a gluten-free diet. It packs way more nutritional punch than grain alternatives like rice and low carb options like cauliflower rice. Plus it adds such an amazing texture! We think that using quinoa in our Power Veggie Bites really improves the overall texture of each bite, giving a wonderfully delicious mouth feel and the perfect level of moisture.
Not sold on quinoa yet? Check out our top reasons to try some today.
1. Quinoa is incredibly nutritious
Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. This is clutch for those who are trying to reduce their animal product intake and/or those who are looking to optimize their protein intake.
It's gluten free, high in protein, fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and a whole slew of beneficial antioxidants. The Incas called it "the mother of all grains" and they are definitely onto something!
2. Quinoa contains powerful and unique antioxidants
Two of the most abundant antioxidant compounds found in quinoa are flavonoids called quercetin and kaempferol. Like many other antioxidants, they work to reduce and prevent inflammation in the body and may help to reduce your risk of developing cancer and chronic disease.
3. Very high in fiber
Unlike grains like rice and wheat, quinoa seeds are naturally very high in fiber - packing in anywhere from 17-27 grams per cup, depending on the variety. You may already be familiar with our love of fiber, but to recap - it keeps you trim, healthy, and keeps that GI tract moving for a better and happier you.
4. Low glycemic index, great for blood sugar control
High glycemic foods stimulate the hunger response and cause us to eat more. On the other end of the spectrum, low glycemic foods leave us feeling fuller for longer and help to curb our urges to overeat. Plus balanced blood sugar levels mean fewer energy fluctuations and more focus during your day.
5. Help you lose weight
The high protein count in quinoa helps to boost your metabolism, while the high fiber content helps to keep you feeling fuller longer. This one-two punch means that you will eat less and feel more satisfied afterwards.