Looking for an easy addition to your weight loss diet plan? Well look no further…
If you haven’t already added quinoa to your diet, you need to! Quinoa is one of the most popular super foods on the market, and there’s good reason for it.
Quinoa is a grain-like crop that originated in Central and South America. Its primary use is for its edible seeds. They’re easy to cook (similar to rice) and make the perfect side dish to most meals. They can also be used as a base for summer salads and other dishes.
Quinoa has a number of nutritional benefits that are perfectly suited for a healthy and fit lifestyle. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, tone up, or pack on the muscle, this is one food item you need to try.
First, let’s take a closer look at the amazing nutritional benefits of quinoa.
Benefits of Quinoa
Quinoa Salad Recipes
Although it’s a great replacement for rice, quinoa makes the perfect summer salad. Check out these great recipes…
1. Tomato & Basil Quinoa Salad
Makes enough for 2 entrees or 4 sides.
1 cup quinoa, cooked (according to instructions on package)
3 cups tomatoes, diced
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
1 cup fresh basil, chopped
½ cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic
Juice from 1 lemon
Salt & pepper to taste
In a large bowl, mix quinoa, tomatoes, spinach, and basil. Mix vinegar, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt & pepper in a separate bowl and add to salad as dressing. Toss lightly, top with feta cheese, and refrigerate before serving.
2. Middle Eastern Quinoa Salad
Put a Middle Eastern spin on the above recipe by replacing the basil and spinach with fresh mint and parsley (chopped, about ½ of each). Add chickpeas for added flavor and protein. Also try goat cheese instead of feta.
3. Asian Quinoa Salad
For the dressing, whisk together 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar and 1 teaspoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sesame oil, and 1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste). Replace lemon juice with orange juice and replace spinach and basil with cilantro and a minced green onion. Sprinkle with hot sauce for the perfect mix of flavors.
Give Your Metabolism a Boost with these Super Food Toppings
For some added nutritional benefits (even more metabolism-boosting protein, fiber, and antioxidants), try these super foods with your quinoa salad:
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