New Year's Challenge: Small Changes (Day four)

As you head into the new year and think about making healthy resolutions, continue to stick with me for ideas on small, sustainable changes.

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Today’s add in? Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”).

Quinoa is one of the world’s healthiest foods and has earned the label of superfood for good reason.

  1. Unlike most other plant foods, quinoa is a complete protein source, and is a valuable source of protein for people on plant-based diets.

  2. It can aid in weight loss (high insoluble fiber and protein content increase that “full feeling” you have after eating; it also contains high levels of manganese which impacts digestive enzymes making it easier for your body to digest and use the food you eat efficiently)

  3. It’s gluten-free! Hallelujah!


Like many of the other foods I’ve posted about in the past few days, it can also help:

  • Fight cancer

  • Support a healthy heart

  • Decrease inflammation

  • Support bone health

  • Reduce diabetes risk

  • Provide dose of antioxidants

Cooking quinoa is pretty simple (in fact, you can even buy it precooked and flash frozen for easy preparation). It tastes good hot or cold and is an easily swap for other grains.

One important note about preparing quinoa: make sure to rinse or (if you have extra time) soak it before you cook (not necessary if using frozen quinoa). Quinoa is coated in a natural herbicide called saponin. If you skip the rinsing step, you’ll regret it. Unwashed quinoa is super bitter!

Give it a try this week--where you might have used something like rice or oats,, use quinoa instead.