Many people in the fast and quick paced New York City forget to eat properly and take care of themselves. Take one look at this simple cup and grab it quickly on the go. It is a perfect source of sustenance for anyone who needs to get lunch quickly and stay healthy. There is no need to buy this particular cup at a store in fact everyone can make it at home. This particular cup of salad looks really delicious. When I first cast my eyes on it, I was curious about the small little grainy looking things on the bottom. After doing some research I learned that it is called Quinoa and it is a grain-like vegetable that is rich in substances and nutrients that we may need in our day to day life. There are about 120 known varieties of this grain and it can come in different colors. Although it isn’t really a grain, we tend to treat it like one.
It turns out that Quinoa is a relative of spinach, beets and chard. The part of Quinoa that we usually eat are the seeds, which gives us the impression that it is a grain. It makes it a perfect gluten-free food because of the way it is grown. Quinoa is also very rich in protein. In fact, it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all the nine essential amino acids needed for our body that cannot be produced within our body already. This is the world’s one of the most popular super foods.
Nutrient Breakdown of Quinoa from http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-quinoa/
1 cup of cooked quinoa, or 185 grams:
- Protein: 8 grams.
- Fiber: 5 grams.
- Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
- Folate: 19% of the RDA.
- Copper: 18% of the RDA.
- Iron: 15% of the RDA.
- Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
- Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
- Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
- Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E.
Check out these information sites:
“11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa (No. 1 Is My Favorite).” Authority Nutrition. 20 July 2014. Web. 9 Mar. 2015. <http://authoritynutrition.com/11-proven-benefits-of-quinoa/>.
“7 Reasons Quinoa Is the New Health Food Superstar.” The Huffington Post. Web. 9 Mar. 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/diana-herrington/7-benefits-of-quinoa_b_3363619.html>.