What The Quinoa?!

(1/13/11)

Some of you have asked me what the buzz is on quinoa.

Quinoa is a complete protein which means it has all 8 essential amino acids the body cannot produce on its own. Lysine is a biggie as most grains do not contain it and it is needed for tissue growth and repair. (It is also gluten and wheat free). It is a slow releasing carb which maintains blood sugar level and keeps you full longer.
Blah, blah ,blah does it taste good?
Yes, because  you add flavor to it and it is yummy. There are endless recipes out there and my advice is to just google “quinoa recipes” and try a few.

The basic directions on the box are 1. rinse the quinoa. 2. add 1 cup of quinoa to 1 1/4 cup of boiling water. 3. let simmer until water is absorbed.

I like to add things like nutmeg, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, a little olive oil, cashews, roasted pineapple (just stick cut up pineapple in the oven at 425 until it looks done – about 20 mins), cranberries, apples, asparagus, black beans, chick peas, shrimp (or chicken), and so on.
I would post a recipe but I can’t choose one. Google it and take your pick.

FIT TIP:
You can burn about 400 calories/hour shoveling snow by hand. If you are snowed in, I suggest using your stairs. Set a timer and run (or walk) up and down them for 30 secs. Do some tricep dips off the 2nd to last step at the bottom for 30 secs . Then repeat the stair climb and dips  5 times.
Be Well!

 

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About janabnana

MS in Exercise Science. Personal Trainer, Fitness Instructor.
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