Healthworks USDA Organic
When I tell people I eat almost exclusively plant-based (vegan), one of the questions I always get asked is about protein. Where and how do I get my protein? It still surprises me that so many people continue to be unaware of the protein that is found in plant foods like beans, legumes and, of course, quinoa.
Quinoa: A Plant-Derived Protein Superstar
Quinoa is a superstar among plant foods when it comes to protein. Healthworks Organic Quinoa contains about 6 grams of protein per serving - which is about 1/4 cup dry and 1 cup cooked. For me, this means that one cooked serving gives me 13% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of protein. (To calculate your RDA for protein, just Google "how to calculate protein RDA")
|Quinoa Nutrition and Health Benefits|
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In addition to being packed with plant derived protein (which is thought to be easier on the liver and kidneys than animal protein derived protein), Healthworks Organic Quinoa is rich in important vitamins and minerals including the B vitamins, vitamin E, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium.
And lets not forget fiber! Healthworks Organic Quinoa has 3 grams of fiber per serving which is approximately 12% of the RDA. It is estimated that most Americans do not get enough fiber. Yet fiber plays such an important role in health, including helping to maintain bowel health, lower cholesterol levels and control blood sugar levels. It is thought that a high-fiber diet also aids in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight.
See: Fiber for Weight Loss
See: 15 Healthy High Fiber Foods
Quinoa: Recommended for Healthy Weight Loss
So, if you are looking to lose some weight, Healthworks Organic Quinoa can help with that in several ways ... (in addition to the fiber content) ....
- one serving has only 165 calories (and one serving is pretty filling especially when combined with raw, steamed, stir-fried or raw vegetables or leafy greens)
- one serving contains only 3 grams of fat and no or very little saturated fat (which means you choose which type of healthy fat you want to use, if any)
- one serving has no or very little sugar (the health and weight loss benefits of this are obvious!)
- the carbs in quinoa are mainly complex carbohydrates (which means you will not get the spike in blood sugar - in fact, quinoa has has lower glycemic index score which means it helps to maintain / stabilize blood sugar levels and that is why its one of the foods that is recommended for a healthy diabetic diet)
Healthworks Quinoa: Rinsing, Soaking, Sprouting
The Healthworks Organic Quinoa is not pre-rinsed. This means you will have to rinse it. However, this minor "inconvenience" will usually save you some money if you compare the pricing to pre-washed brands. Also, rinsing it yourself means you have control over the quality of water in which you rinse it.
Personally, I like to soak and sprout quinoa before cooking it when time permits. Soaking and sprouting generally always makes the grain, pseudo-grain legume, bean, seed or nut more nutritious and bio-available. That is, your body can more readily absorb and use the nutrition available in the plant if it is soaked and sprouted.
|Quinoa Salad - Serve Warm or Chilled|
yellow onions, tomatoes, garlic,
cilantro, green onions, coconut oil,
harissa paste, turmeric powder
and Celtic sea salt
Preparation: Creamy or Firm Texture
For preparation, if I want a creamier quinoa texture I simmer it as per the instructions. If I want a firmer texture where the individual seeds (or more accurately, the pseudo-grains) are less sticky and more separate, I measure a small amount of healthy fat into the sauce or a large skillet pan, add the quinoa and stir it over low heat until the individual seeds/grains are coated with the healthy fat, then add the liquid, bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to very low and cover it - basically letting it steam cook until done.
Healthworks Quinoa: Sourced from Sustainable Farmers, USDA Certified Organic
Other important factors I appreciate about Healthworks Organic Quinoa is that it is sourced from sustainable farmers, it is USDA certified organic (as distinguished from other organic certifying organizations or agencies), it is fresh and tastes and cooks just as expected.
See: Know Your Food Labels - What Are You Really Eating?
Disclosure: I was fortunate to be selected to purchase Healthworks Organic Quinoa at a discount in exchange for my honest review and opinion. When I say fortunate, I really mean that! It was a special opportunity to get a small discount on a product that I already love and have a very high opinion of.
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I'm attaching a picture of one of my favorite ways of eating quinoa - a slightly spicy quinoa salad that can be eaten warm or cold - ingredients include yellow onions, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, green onions, coconut oil, harissa paste, turmeric powder and Celtic sea salt.