Being healthy is a lifetime pursuit – not a destination. This month, I will be sharing tips and information on how to be – and stay — healthy.
What are superfoods? A loosely defined collection of produce that have extraordinary nutritional benefits such as high levels of antioxidants or Omega-3’s. Superfoods include familiar foods like blueberries, spinach, avocados, almonds, cantaloupe and new exotic foods like acai berries, chia seeds, kale, and whole grains such as amaranth and quinoa.
Quinoa is one of the superfoods that I am trying to eat more of. It is high in protein and calcium and is gluten free. It can be cooked up like rice or made into flour and added to recipes. Best part? It contains ALL 8 ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS. Quinoa has been a staple of Andean diets for several thousand years. It has to be rinsed thoroughly before using to get rid of its natural bitterness. Because the grain is tiny, that can be tricky. I bought a tiny sieve at IKEA a few years ago just for this purpose. If you can’t find a sieve small enough, put the quinoa in a bowl with a lid and cover it completely with water. To drain the water, hold the lid over the opening, pressing down, and allowing a space just big enough to let the water drain out but keep the quinoa grains in the bowl.