Here’s a great new quinoa recipe for you to try: Coconut Quinoa! Every day, new findings are being published about the amazing healthiness of quinoa nutrition, and how we should all eat it every day of our lives and we’ll be healthier & live longer. Well, to be honest, that’s not much of an exaggeration, if at all. Quinoa is truly amazing, and possesses so many qualities that not only aid in prevention of diseases, but also enhance your day-to-day quality of life and well-being.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is pretty new on the scene for most of us, but it’s actually been valued by many civilizations – for centuries. Even though many people assume it’s a grain, it’s actually a seed from a beet-like plant. It’s gluten-free naturally, and helps prevent many diseases and ward off health troubles of many shapes and sizes.
Let’s burn through some of quinoa’s health benefits really quickly here, so we can move on to the quinoa recipe I promised you.
Here is a short list of some of quinoa’s most valuable qualities:
- helps prevent heart attacks and atherosclerosis
- reduces childhood asthma by as much as 50%
- great source for protein (which makes it perfect for vegan diets)
- it’s a natural antibacterial and antiviral
- it’s loaded with antioxidants
- it is a great source for all 9 essential amino acids
- contains vitamin B2, increasing your energy
- it is a low-glycemic food, which means it doesn’t spike your blood sugar
- contains a lot of fiber, much higher than most grains
- helps prevent headaches, including migraines
Quinoa Nutrition Carbs
One of my favorite properties of quinoa nutrition is that while it has carbs, it’s still low glycemic. Which means you get the energy boost from eating carbs, while keeping your blood sugar stable – and that means you can eat carbs and still lose weight! That also makes quinoa a great choice for diabetics. Most carbs we eat are simple carbs – like bread, sweets, etc. – and they immediately start turning into sugar as soon as you eat them. Which is why most “diets” involve cutting back on carbs, if not eliminating them completely. But quinoa is a complex carb, which is why it doesn’t spike our blood sugar, and in turn doesn’t cause weight gain. So – guilt-free carb eating!
Okay, I keep promising this Coconut Quinoa recipe, so here you go:
1 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 1/2 cups quinoa, well-rinsed
1 13.5 ounce can of unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp sea salt
Heat the coconut oil in a medium pan on medium heat. Add the quinoa (after you’ve rinsed it really well, because quinoa has a bitter tasting exterior unless you rinse it well) & cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until it’s a golden color. Add the coconut milk, sea salt, and 1 1/2 cups of water, and stir. Bring it to a boil; reduce the heat, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is gone from the pan, which should take 20-25 minutes. Let it sit for about 10 more minutes, then fluff with a fork.
This makes a delicious, healthy, low-glycemic side dish that your family will thank you for! Unless, of course, you just decide to take care of it yourself! Side note: this recipe also contains another amazing natural superfood: coconut oil! A double dose of great health!
There are so many ways to prepare quinoa, so keep on the lookout for more of our easy-to-make, delicious, and healthy quinoa recipes. You’ll be glad you did!