Quinoa is a pseudo-cereal very rich in protein. and these have great biological value because they have all the necessary amino acids. In other words, Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that contains complete protein. So if you make it with vegetables, you have a complete dish, you don’t need meat or fish.
If you like its taste, you can replace the quinoa with any whole grain. It contains 6 g of vegetable fiber per 100 g, it is rich in iron and magnesium. This high percentage of vegetable fiber causes a satiating effect that makes it ideal for weight loss diets.
In addition, quinoa is gluten-free, which makes it a very good choice for celiac disease. It has no cholesterol and is rich in lithium, which can contribute to a better mood.
It is prepared like any other cereal and admits the same combinations: in salads, soups, side dishes and you can even make popcorn or use its flour.
What if I eat quinoa at night?
No problem, you can include quinoa in your dinners the same way you would any carbohydrate. According to the Harvard Plate indications, carbohydrates, in this case quinoa should not take up more than 1/4 of your plate.
How much quinoa should be consumed per day?
As we said, treat quinoa like any other grain. Try not to exceed more than a quarter of your plate.
Which has more calories, quinoa or rice?
Both cereals have about the same calories, and that’s it 100 grams of cooked quinoa provides 143 kcal compared to the 130 kcal provided by 100 g of cooked white rice.