Quinoa (keen-wah) is the seed of a dark leafy green plant but it’s usually grouped with the grains because of its taste and texture. It’s an excellent food to add into your diet if you’re trying to lose weight, and it also tastes great and goes with almost everything. Quinoa is also easy to cook (directions on how to cook quinoa here) and takes less time than rice.
Watch the video above for some nutrition facts about quinoa.
5 Ways Quinoa Helps You Lose Weight
1. Quinoa is packed with protein and is actually the only grain that is a complete protein. This will keep you full and healthy while you are working out or dieting.
2. Quinoa is low on the glycemic index, so it doesn’t spike your blood sugar. It helps you stay full longer and keeps sugar cravings at bay.
4. Quinoa has a lot of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and iron. It’s a nutrient powerhouse. If you’re dieting or losing weight, adding quinoa into your meals with make sure you’re getting enough essential nutrients.
5. Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture so it’s an excellent substitute for rice, potatoes, or pasta. This makes it an excellent weight loss food because it’s a healthy replacement for empty white carbs.