Quinoa Ideal Food For Weight Loss

Quinoa, The Ideal Food To Lose Weight

Surely you have found it even in soup, literally, but quinoa, beyond a foodie trend, is a very versatile food with multiple nutritional properties and benefits that you should incorporate into your diet if you have not already done so . It is very easy to cook and is perfect to add to sweet or savory recipes because it increases the nutritional value of the dishes. Furthermore, quinoa is very easily digested.
“Its main characteristic is that it contains a high contribution of protein and omega 6 and 3 fatty acids. In addition to a high fiber content, since it can reach 15 grams for every 100 grams of quinoa,” explains María Sánchez Maroto, dietician and nutritionist from Zagros Sports.
Quinoa provides, above all, carbohydrates, but it also contains proteins of high biological quality, fatty acids and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and zinc, in addition to a high proportion of vitamins with antioxidant functions that help purify the body and prevent cell aging. “Hence, it is considered a super food,” says the expert.

QUINOA FOR WEIGHT LOSE:

Quinoa is especially recommended for those looking to lose weight and for athletes. “It has a very low glycemic index, so it provides sustained energy for a long time, avoiding high and low glycemic spikes. It is perfect for maintaining a healthy diet, with all the necessary nutrients, and with which we will reduce the consumption of sugar. That is why it is also indicated for people with diabetes, “adds the nutritionist.
The expert also recommends the consumption of quinoa for people who play sports. “Quinoa provides about 15 grams of protein for every 100 grams of seeds, so it helps us to recover the muscles after the ‘damage’ caused by exercise. Of course, we must consume it in its integral version.”

HOW IS IT COOKED?

The main recommendation before preparing quinoa is to wash the beans well and remove a resin that covers it and can cause digestive problems. It is cooked in a similar way to rice, boiling it with triple water for about 15 minutes. Once cooked, we will use it in the dishes that we like the most. If its taste seems bland, after boiling you can toast it in a frying pan without greasing.
In salads, with fresh vegetables or fruits, in the form of tabbouleh, we can use quinoa for example in salads with vegetables and fresh fruits, in the form of tabbouleh, with brown rice or even in the form of fruit ice cream … eat in a thousand ways.

QUINOA TABLE

A version of the Arabian couscous taboule where we substitute quinoa for wheat semolina, with a higher protein intake and a lower glycemic index.
Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked white quinoa
  • 1 cup minced mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can of tuna (optional)
  • 1 cup of feta cheese cubes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

In a bowl we mix the quinoa (already cooked and cold) with the tomatoes cut in half, the mint, the tuna, the cheese and the chives. On the other hand, we prepare the dressing by mixing the lemon juice with the oil, salt and pepper. Pour the dressing over the tabbouleh and mix well. With tuna and cheese we make the recipe more protein and balanced. If we do not want to increase the number of calories on the plate we can not include them.

QUINOA WITH ZUCCHINI AND LEEK

Ingredients

  • 1 leek
  • 1 zucchini
  • Thyme
  • White wine
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pepper and salt

Preparation Of Quinoa With Zucchini And Leek:

 fry the leek and zucchini well in a frying pan and add the thyme. When the vegetables are golden brown, pour a splash of white wine. Then add the cooked quinoa and season to taste. If we want to increase the protein content of the dish we can add a cooked egg, for example.

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