5 reasons to include quinoa in your diet

5 reasons to include quinoa in your diet

Nutritional value
Studies have shown that the nutritional value of quinoa are superior to those of most cereals consumed in Brazil.

Antioxidant
Studies have verified that the protein present in this food has higher biological value, higher volumes of lipids rich in essential fatty acids and an elevated concentration of antioxidants.

Rich in fiber
In addition to this, quinoa is one of those foods rich in dietary fiber, offering a higher concentration of nutrients, such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc.

Benefits for celiac patients
The absence of gliadins makes it an important raw material for those with celiac disease.

High satiety
It is a very useful cereal for the obese and patients following bariatric surgery. The high protein and fiber content of this food favors a greater sensation of satiety.

Recipe using quinoa:

FRIED ARABIAN MEAT BALLS MADE WITH QUINOA

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups of quinoa
  • 500 g of ground beef
  • 3 carrots
  • Black pepper
  • Chive
  • Chopped spearmint leaves
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Preparation

  • Put water in a pan to boil.
  • When the water begins to boil, put the quinoa in, cove the pan for ten minutes. Drain the water and put the pan aside.
  • In a bowl, season the ground beef with garlic, black pepper, salt and spearmint.
  • Add the quinoa and stir until it forms a consistent mixture.
  • Grease a baking pan with olive oil, spread half of the mixture onto the pan, grate the carrots on top of this mixture and then spread the other half of the mixture on top of the grated carrots.
  • Bake in a medium hot oven for 45 minutes.

Serves 6 medium-sized portions. (260 Kcal per portion, 49,5% protein – 32 grams of protein in each portion; 23% of carbohydrates and 27,5% of lipids and 3 grams of fiber)

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