A favourite staple amongst vegans, quinoa is often incorrectly referred to as a grain – it’s actually a seed, but it’s prepared and eaten in the same way as a grain such as rice or barley. But whatever it actually is, one thing’s for sure – it’s highly nutritious.
Known as a complete protein because it contains all of the essential amino acids that the body cannot produce itself (the same as meat does), it’s a popular plant-based protein. Such high protein foods help to keep us fuller for longer as protein releases its energy in a sustained way. This means that quinoa may help us avoid snacking between meals, and help us lose weight.
As well as being protein rich, quinoa is rich in healthy carbs and fibre and the minerals magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. Quinoa is also gluten-free, making it a good alternative to wheat.
One cup of cooked quinoa contains almost 40g of carbohydrate along with other essential nutrients and protein and may help to promote weight loss.