Quinoa contains an abundance of anti-inflammatory phytochemicals and therefore has potential protective effects against inflammation. This high-value food, with antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals, boasts many health benefits:
Lowers Cholesterol – High in fibre, quinoa helps to reduce cholesterol absorption to lower total cholesterol and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol.
Controls Blood Pressure – Quinoa has a higher potassium level than grains, helping to maintain a lower blood pressure. Its magnesium content also acts to dilate blood vessels which also lowers blood pressure.
Regulates Glucose – The high ratio of protein to carbohydrate, compared to grains, plus its fibre content helps explain quinoa’s ability to help regulate blood sugar, slowing the breakdown of carbohydrates to glucose. Anti-inflammatory nutrients like vitamin E also reduce unwanted inflammation associated with developing type 2 diabetes.
Supports weight loss and maintenance – Its high fibre and protein content helps curb your appetite as it keeps you fuller for longer. Balanced blood sugars also reduce cravings too.
1 cup almond Milk
- ½ cup quinoa, uncooked
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2-3 drops vanilla essence
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- 10-12 walnuts, chopped
- Rinse quinoa and drain. Place almond milk and quinoa into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Add raisins, cinnamon and vanilla. Reduce to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes, or until all liquid is absorbed. Watch the pot carefully and stir often so it doesn’t boil over.
- When ready to eat, stir in walnuts. You can serve sprinkled with flaxseeds and a drizzle of maple syrup.