Weight loss tip: Expand your diet with quinoa

Weight Loss Tip 209: Expand your diet with quinoaWeight Loss Tip 209: Expand your diet with quinoa

Quinoa is a whole grain that is easy to cook and goes great with both meats and vegetables.


Quinoa is a seed that is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain. It was not widely known in the United States until recently. In fact, it is not new at all. Quinoa was an important crop for the Inca Empire in Central and South America. Today, It is touted as the superfood or superpseudograin.

Quinoa is more than a punchline in modern comedies. It has become a popular choice for health-conscious consumers, vegans, and athletes. It is gluten-free, rich in fiber, and higher in protein than most grains that are popular today. This is likely because it is less processed.

For vegans, quinoa is one of the few plant-based proteins that is diverse in the amino acid profiles. In fact, it contains all of the essential amino acids required for muscle development and body maintenance. This delicious, filling grain can make weight loss easier by keeping your appetite in check.

These days, you can find quinoa and quinoa products in just about any restaurant. Quinoa is quite trendy and can be found in nearly all grocery and health food stores. The seeds can be found in white, red and black, so you coordinate it with just about any recipe.

Weight loss tip: Expand your diet with quinoa

Quinoa Nutrition:

  • Serving size: 1 cup (185 grams) cooked.
  • Calories: 222
  • Protein: 8 grams. 14.5% of the calories.
  • Carbohydrates: 39.5 grams. 61% of the calories (fiber subtracted).
  • Fiber: 5 grams.
  • Fat: 1.9 grams of fat. 8% of the calories.
  • It is a good source of Folate, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus,  and Zinc.

The Bottom line: Quinoa is an edible seed that is delicious and filling. It is a well-balanced source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein with many important nutrients. The mix of fiber and protein is filling and has a low glycemic index thus might help you lose weight. I recommend you add it to your meat and bean dishes with soem vegetables.

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I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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