Many people following plant based diet plans might be already using quinoa, which is a seed packed with nutrients. As per the USDA, a cup of cooked quinoa contains 222 calories, 39 grams of carbs, 8 grams of protein, 6 grams of fat, and 5 grams of fiber. This nutrient profile of quinoa makes it a great food for weight loss. It is also a good source of fiber, which can prevent overeating.
A study on quinoa found that it had the highest level of antioxidant out of the ten grains studied. This study suggests that quinoa can help fight against oxidative stress which can contribute to risks of chronic diseases.
New foods can indeed be intimidating to prepare. However, don’t be put off: cooking quinoa can be very simple. You can boil quinoa and enjoy it on its own or pair it with your favorite meal or mix it in dishes like soups, stir-fries, or salads. Shared below are some new ways in which you can add this plant-based food to your diet plan.
Black Bean Fried Quinoa
This stir-fry can be an easy and quick meal option. This recipe pairs black beans with quinoa to provide a protein-rich plant-based dish that can be served as a side dish or as an entree. The combination of quinoa, black beans, green bell pepper, and onion can make this plant-based recipe a very good way to increase your fiber intake.
Quinoa Mac And Cheese
Traditional mac and cheese can be loaded with refined carbohydrates from white pasta and the packaged variety can have much sodium in it. The quinoa mac and cheese can be a healthy spin on the traditional mac and cheese by replacing pasta with quinoa. This is a delicious plant-based meal that has 344 calories, 44 grams carbs, 12 grams fat, and 15 grams of protein in a single serving.
Quinoa Black Bean Stuffed Poblanos
Stuffed peppers can be a favorite of many people, but what you use to stuff them can make all the difference. Meat-based stuffing can contain very high levels of saturated fats and if you are looking to avoid red meat from your diet, you can use quinoa as a stuffing. Quinoa can be a delicious stuffing and you will be able to enjoy the same great taste with very low saturated fats and high fiber.