A friend just recently shared her new book Quinoa: The Everyday Superfood and its amazing health benefits with me. Although, quinoa is treated like a grain, it is actually a seed related to the spinach family, and has been around for years! Quinoa is a native plant to the Andean regions of South America, and was a staple food to the Indians living in the high Andes mountains. Know as the “mother of grains” by the Inca’s; today, quinoa is fairly cheep and widely versatile in use. This amazingly nutritious food is a supergrain and a complete protein. It is high in fiber, magnesium, calcium, copper, manganese, and it’s gluten-free. It provides antioxidants to fight cancer, improve cardiovascular health, prevent migraines, reduce childhood asthma, diabetes, and so much more. And if that’s not convincing enough, quinoa can be used in a wide variety of ways from salads, to a starch, to crust on meat.
Listed below are a few websites I found intriguing on the history and benefits of this amazing “supergrain”.