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Posted on Sep 29, 2013 in Healthy Eats, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Quinoa & Berries

Berries & Quinoa
Ok, so you’ve heard all the great things about quinoa, right?…..RIGHT?

It’s a plant based complete protein and is packed with iron, fiber, riboflavin, lysine, manganese, magnesium, anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and is gluten free.

“That’s great Ted, but what the hell does this really mean?”
Well..here’s a few descriptions of their functions.

Complete protein-contains all 9 essential amino acids and protein is the building block of muscles
Iron-keeps red bloods cell healthy and active. Keeps brains synapses firing.
Fiber-keeps you regular☺ and good for your heart, reduces blood pressure, helps lower cholesterol and glucose levels
Riboflavin (vitamin B2)-helps stimulate metabolism
Lysine-helps repair tissue
Manganese-antioxidant that fights off free radicals
Magnesium-helps us detoxify, also helps produce energy
Anti-inflammatory phytonutrients-plant nutrients that keep you and your heart healthy
Gluten free-contains no wheat like many comparable grains

If you’re following a plant-based and/or gluten free diet, quinoa can be a key element in fulfilling your protein requirements and keeping you feeling full in a nourishing way. If you’ve tried quinoa and haven’t thought much of it, I encourage you to try this recipe. It adds just the right amount of sweetness to keep you coming back for more. It’s the perfect pre or post workout meal/snack. And if you’re bored with oatmeal, this makes for a great breakfast.

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
2 cups fresh blueberries
2 cups fresh strawberries, diced
¼ cup of slivered or chopped almonds
a few sprigs of mint

for the dressing
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
juice of a lime
pinch of salt

Bring quinoa and water to a boil, stir, cover and turn down to simmer, cook for 10-15 minutes until water has evaporated. Turn off, but keep covered for an additional 5 minutes. Or cook according to packaged instructions. Add berries. Mix dressing ingredients and then toss with quinoa and berries. Sprinkle with cinnamon, almonds and mint. Enjoy while it’s warm or refrigerate and enjoy later while it’s cool. Either way…it’s all good!

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2 Comments

  1. LOVE this! Sounds delish!!

    • And good for you too! Let me know if you make it.

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