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Cold Quinoa Salad (AKA health in a bowl!)

Cold Quinoa Salad (AKA health in a bowl!)

Here is a great recipe for a cold quinoa salad, which offers a bit of kick: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/13/health/nutrition/13recipehealth.html

(loose “the kick” by omitting the jalapeño and, if cilantro is not you thing, you can swap it for parsley… or, is that modification just for me? Probably ;)

Quinoa is a superfood! When you combine it with cucumber, tomatoes & avocado and you have a highly nutritious dish (abundant with protein + antioxidants, as well as being low fat + low insulin forming). This dish is home made, which means it contains no added salt and other crappy preservatives (super important)!

Here’s a few reasons why QUINOA ROCKS!:

  1. High quality protein: with the nine essential amino acids, the protein balance is similar to milk. At 16.2 – 20% protein, it has is more protein than rice (7.5%), millet (9.9%) or wheat (14%).
  2. Not fattening: Only 172 calories per 1/4 cup dry (24 of the calories from protein and only 12 from sugars, the rest are complex carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats).
  3. Gluten-free: Since it is not not related to wheat, or even a grain, it is gluten-free.
  4. Alkaline-forming: Although it is not strongly alkaline-forming, it is comparable to wild rice, amaranth, and sprouted grains.
  5. Smart Carb: It is a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index, so it won’t spike your blood sugar (important when you are trying to loose fat).
  6. Great source of riboflavin. Riboflavin has been shown to help reduce the frequency of attacks in migraine sufferers by improving the energy metabolism within the brain and muscle cells.

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