Quinoa is commonly thought of as a grain but it is a seed that is closely related to spinach and swiss chard. It is a complete protein that is rich in manganese, magnesium, iron, tryptophan and also contains copper and phosphorus.
You can eat it raw and sprouted or cooked. I prefer it cooked but I love the raw sprouts on salad.
Because quinoa is such a fantastic source of vegan protein I eat it often. It can be prepared in so many ways and used just like rice.
You can have it for breakfast – warm with cinnamon, raisins and a sweetener (honey, agave or maple syrup).
You can have it for lunch in a salad (as the video shows below). It can be eaten cold or hot.
Below is a video showing how to make Quinoa Tabouleh followed by the recipe:
(I state from: busywomansguide2health.com because that is a new web site I am starting and I did the video for that web site but decided to post it on this one also)
Quinoa Tabouleh Recipe:
- ½ C quinoa (cooked)
- 1/4 C chopped cucumber
- 1/4 C chopped parsley (or any fresh herb)
- 1 green onion choped
- 5 grape or cherry tomatoes cut in half
- ½ lemon squeezed
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
This recipe makes one serving.
You may be wondering why I am mentioning cooked food on a raw food blog. Well, that is because I am not 100% raw and I do not push or expect people to go 100% raw. I do know of other raw foodies who insist that you are not healthy unless you eat 100% raw but we are not all the same.
I recognize that each person’s body requires something different. There is not one diet or eating style for every person.
When I do my sessions and classes I stress that you must listen to your body and become aware of how it feels when you eat and what you eat. This is so crucial for health and happiness. Some people require more protein than others, some do better on more fruits and some do better on more veggies.
For myself, I do not do well on a high fruit diet. I do much better on a high veggie diet and I have known that for years. I also don’t digest meat well so that is why I do not eat it anymore and in the past I never ate a lot of it.
I suggest that each person plays around with their diet to find what works best for them. Of course I am not advocating a diet of French fries and burgers! That probably would not work well for you anyway if you are completely honest with yourself.
I was almost 100% raw for a while and I believe it helped to cleanse and heal my body but I could not sustain that. Eventually I was not feeling that well and I was losing too much weight. I was tired and was obviously not eating enough. I have a fast metabolism so I had to add back in some cooked foods such as yams, beets, broccoli, stir fry veggies, quinoa, brown rice, etc to get more calories as well as enough nutrients in the day.
I feel so much better now and my weight is up to where I am happy with it.
There is so much information out there and it can be very confusing. There are people that make you feel guilty if you eat a rice cracker or a piece of gluten free bread. I disagree and I chose to stand for health. I chose to help people find what works for them. Start where they are now and help them clean their diet and find a way of eating that they love and can maintain.
More videos to come! I was having problem with my blog so haven’t posted as often as I would like. It is fixed now.
I would love to hear your comments below about how you feel about eating cooked foods and what cooked foods you love.