We’ve always loved food that gives us that extra boost and stamina and that explains our affair with superfoods. The nutrition derived from these superfoods is great and today we are focussing on quinoa.

Quinoa dates back 3-4,000 years, when the Incas first realized that its seed was fit for human consumption and it soon was considered the gold of the Incas because they believed it increased the stamina of their warriors. Quinoa has had the spotlight back on it since the last few years and there is no reason why it should not. I am a quinoa fan and below are some of the reasons why I love it so much.

Protein and fiber content
One grain of quinoa is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa helps prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, and also lower your risk of developing haemorrhoids and may help you shed calories more efficiently.

High in Riboflavin (B2)
This Vitamin improves energy metabolism within your brain and muscle cells, and is known to help facilitate proper energy production in cells. As runners, that should sound like music to your ears.

Rich in lysine, manganese and iron
Lysine is primarily essential for tissue growth and repair, which is a big component of recovery after running. Manganese helps prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as protects red blood cells from injury by free radicals. Iron as we know presents many benefits, some of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, facilitating enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

And as you can see from the nutrient breakdown of 1 cup of cooked quinoa (185g), it’s got plenty to pass off for a well-rounded meal. It’s really one of the most power-packed ingredients in the kitchen.

  • Protein: 8g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Manganese: 58% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)
  • Magnesium: 30% of RDA
  • Phosphorus: 28% of RDA
  • Folate: 19% of RDA
  • Copper: 18% of RDA
  • Iron: 15% of RDA
  • Zinc: 13% of RDA
  • Potassium: 9% of RDA
  • Over 10% of RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6
  • Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E
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    Give this nutrient filled grain a try if you haven’t yet. It will definitely lift up a vegetable salad or a gravy dish, with a nutrient punch.

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