Quinoa is a seed, yes seed not a grain, that has been harvested and used in South America for centuries. This supper nutritious seed also known as superfood is a complex carbohydrate that is gluten free. What makes Quinoa stand out amongst other complex carbohydrates is it’s protein profile, and many other health benefits, some of which is being outlined here.
Proven benefits of quinoa:
1. Quinoa a complete source of protein
Quinoa is a complete source of protein. Meaning it has all 10 essential amino acids required by our body. It is very rare to find a plant based complete protein source, so this is a good news for all my vegan or vegetarian friends.
2. Good source of antioxidant
Studies have shown that quinoa is a good source of antioxidants such as quercetin, kaempferol, vanillic acid and Ferulic acid, all of which are important in the reduction of inflammation.
3. Can work as Prebiotics
Studies suggest that Quinoa has prebiotic potential and can help gastrointestinal health. Prebiotics are undigestible fiber compounds that work with probiotic enzymes to become “fuel” for the beneficial bacteria living in your gut, and are associated with lowered disease risk, lowered inflammation levels and a better functioning immune system.
4. Can help with digestion
Quinoa is a good source of Manganese. One cup of cooked quinoa contains 58% of your recommended daily intake of Manganese. Manganese impacts hormones and digestive enzymes, helping your body digest the food that you eat easier and more efficiently.
Quinoa pizza crust recipe:
- Quinoa: 1 cup (soaked in at least 2 cups of water overnight)
- Water: 1/4 cup
- Gluten free baking powder: 1 Tsp.
- Salt: 1/4 Tsp.
- Avocado spray oil: as needed
- Wash and soak quinoa in at least 2 cups of water overnight or for 6-8 hours
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Drain quinoa and add it to a high speed blender
- Add water, Gluten free baking powder, and salt in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy
- Place a baking sheet on your baking or pizza tray (I used a cookie tray) and spray it with avocado oil.
- Spread your quinoa batter over the sheet evenly
- Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until the sides start to turn slightly brown
- Remove from oven, flip your crust over and bake the other side for 5-10 minutes
- Remove from oven, add your toppings and bake according to the bake time of your toppings. (I used veggies and Cashew nut cheese, so I baked mine for another 10 minutes)
- Serve and enjoy!
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Stay happy and healthy!