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Superfood of the Week: Quinoa

By: Snap Fitness

Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is often referred to as the “supergrain” of the superfood family. Quinoa is a tiny seed that you cook like rice and has a mild, nutty flavor with a light, fluffy texture. Not only is it high in fiber and protein, it’s gluten free, too! This superfood contains more protein than any other grain; it’s also a good source of iron and potassium. One cup of quinoa contains almost 14 grams of protein and six grams of fiber. The perfect addition to your healthy diet! 

 

Here are four fun ways to incorporate quinoa in your diet:

 

-Swap out your oatmeal for cooked quinoa: Add milk or your favorite milk substitute, walnuts, raisins, and honey for a breakfast bowl made for champions.


-Little quinoa cakes: Mix 1 egg, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs or panko, seasoning of choice, and combine. Fry up for a quinoa cake that is similar to the texture of a crab cake.


-Quinoa pasta: Forget your traditional spaghetti noodle! There is actually a wide variety of quinoa pasta available in your pasta aisle.


-Quinoa stir-fry: Swap out white rice for quinoa when making stir-fry. You’ll feel less full, but still satisfied.