Packed with antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals, quinoa boasts many health benefits for your entire family. It is high in fibre, protein and has a low glycaemic index.
These properties have all been linked to weight loss and improved health. Alongside its magnesium, folate and healthy fat content, it is an excellent heart-friendly ingredient to add to your diet. 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. Its high fibre and protein content helps curb your appetite as it keeps you fuller for longer. Balanced blood sugars also reduce cravings too.
Quinoa is typically eaten in the same way as cereals (oats, wheat, barley and rye), though its lean protein content also make it a suitable substitute for animal products as it provides all nine essential amino acids. Here’s a delicious quinoa breakfast for your family
Breakfast Almond-Resin-Walnut Quinoa Porridge (Serves 2)
This super start to the day is a delicious alternative to oat porridge. If you don’t have almond milk, any milk is fine. In summer, raisins can be exchanged for fresh fruit or berries.
1 cup nut milk or regular milk
½ cup quinoa, uncooked
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2-3 drops vanilla essence
2 tablespoons raisins and chopped almonds
10-12 walnuts, chopped
* Rinse quinoa and drain. Place 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 and almonds. You can serve sprinkled with flaxseeds and a drizzle of maple syrup.