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Quinoa has amazing health benefits! In fact, if I really went into great detail about Quinoa this would turn into an organic chemistry lesson and we all know that’s no fun.

Quinoa has been around for thousands of years but just recently has become increasingly popular in the States due to its beneficial components. In a serving it offers us our essential fatty acids, high levels of protein, and is considered an alkaline forming food! It’s pretty clear why more and more people are introducing quinoa into their diets.

When I was researching Quinoa, I came across so much information that it was overwhelming. So I decided to choose wisely with the information I thought you guys would like to know from care2.com.

8 Health Benefits of Quinoa:

1. High quality protein with the nine essential amino acids, the protein balance is similar to milk. At 16.2 to 20 percent protein, it has is more protein than rice (7.5 percent), millet (9.9 percent) or wheat (14 percent).

2. Great source of riboflavin. Riboflavin has been shown to help reduce the frequency of attacks in migraine sufferers by improving the energy metabolism within the brain and muscle cells.

3. Inca warriors had more stamina and quicker recovery time by eating these quinoa seeds, making it a truly ancient powerfood.

4. Antiseptic. The saponins from quinoa are used to promote healing of skin injuries in South America.

5. Not fattening! Only 172 calories per 1/4 cup dry (24 of the calories from protein and only 12 from sugars, the rest are complex carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats).

6. Gluten-free. Since it is not related to wheat, or even a grain, it is gluten-free.

7. Alkaline-forming. Although it is not strongly alkaline-forming, it is comparable to wild rice, amaranth, and sprouted grains.

8. Smart Carb: It is a complex carbohydrate with a low glycemic index, so it won’t spike your blood sugar

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-health-benefits-of-quinoa.html#ixzz25QTWFqJt

Substituting rice with quinoa like I did in this dish turns this healthy meal into an even healthier meal. Vegetarians and vegans can really benefit from eating quinoa to meet their protein needs in such a small amount.