Quinoa and Maca
Quinoa is non-GMO, gluten-free and usually grown organically. Even though technically not a cereal grain, it still counts as a whole-grain food.
Due to its composition rich in nutrients, it is considered a very complete food. It has been included by NASA in astronaut diets for long-term space travel.
Quinoa produces proteins, unstaturaded fatty acids, minerals (calcium, iron and magnesium), vitamins (E, B1, B2 and niacin) and phosphorus. Its high content in dietary fiber (2.8 grams per 100 grams of cooked quinoa) induces a sensation of satiety.
What People Say
Editor-in-Chief of EatingWell Magazine
Quinoa has claimed a new place in the nutrition world’s spotlight in the past decade, but this whole grain (which is technically a seed) is actually not new at all. In fact, quinoa has been cultivated for about 5,000 years and is native to South America.
Katherine C. Parker
Ready in just 15 minutes, quinoa is a quick-cooking whole grain with a nutty taste. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) offers everything a busy cook could possibly need. Whether it’s a salad, veggie burger, or fried “rice“, this grain holds its own as a side dish or as the base of the main course.
And cooking this nutrient-dense grain? It’s so easy.In fact, if you can cook rice, you know how to make quinoa.
- “Quinoa contains 14g of protein per 100g,” says nutritionist Gavin Allison, “– plus amino acids, which you need to repair your muscles.”
- “It’s a very versatile food, because you can serve it with vegetables as part of a salad or alternatively alongside meat and fish.”
- ” It’s a great option on a rest day or during the off season as it contains lower carbohydrate content than rice or pasta.”
- ” However, there’s no real need to eat rice other than after a game as foods like quinoa and sweet potatoes provide carbs and a higher nutritional value.
- AND OUR WINNER IS: QUINOA
Chris Hemsworth’s Diet Plan includes quinoa
“It’s gluten-free. It contains all nine essential amino acids. It’s high in fibre, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin E. It’s quinoa and you should be eating more of it”.
NBA Star / Abril 2018
“I changed my diet quite a bit. I took out a lot of fried foods and bread, as well as unnecessary starches and wheat. Instead, I put in good carbs like quinoa. After doing strength and conditioning training, I would have two meals for lunch and dinner at the facility. It was perfect because I didn’t have to go anywhere else. I had the meals right there, already prepared. Hydration was also huge for me. I drank a gallon of water a day, and I still do that now. It helps get my metabolism going”.
“Quinoa is considered as a new crop for the Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) because of its high protein values (12-18%) and unique amino acid composition. This crop, rich in protein and with desirable proportions of important amino acids, may provide greater versatility in meeting the needs of humans on long-term space missions. Initial results indicate that quinoa could be an excellent crop for CELSS because of the high concentration of protein, ease of use, versatility in preparation, and potential for greatly increased yields in controlled environments.”
“The findings of a year-long survey which took place in 2014-15 of 150 Peruvian households undertaken by the International Trade Centre (ITC) found trade in quinoa has benefited some of the world’s poorest farmers, most of whom are women. “
International Trade Centre
“Rich in antioxidants, fiber and protein, quinoa is the perfect fitness food. It aids in the fight against diseases, muscle repair and lowers blood pressure.”
Quinoa Production Areas in Peru