Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Day 150- Nutrition Bitees

Quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas". Incas recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Quinoa is most commonly considered a grain, but it is actually a relative to leafy green vegetable(spinach and swiss chard). Quinoa is high in protein and a complete protein, which includes all nine essential amino acids. Also, quinoa's amino acid profile is well balanced offering it as a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake. Quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients such as manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. Quinoa may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Sugar Preacher's Expereince
I love this grain with green leafy vegetables. This morning, I ate some porridge for breakfast with quinoa, wheat berries, and brown rice. The nutrient profile will give me enough energy to work with those enthusiastic teenagers at Hillcrest High School. I'm also fascinated with quinoa because the grain is very small and when cooked it quadriples in size and has a tail at the end. Experiment with quinoa! The grain is fun!!

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