Recently, I learned of the super athlete Kendrick Farris. He’s gone to the Olympics multiple times for weight lifting and guess what – HE’S A VEGAN. Yep. This muscle man’s strength doesn’t come from chowing down steaks and chops but from vegetables.
Reminds me of this cartoon…
I’m intrigued. So I’m starting to research and learned that lots of plants have protein but people think that’s not good enough because lots of vegetables have some or the other of the essential amino acids our bodies need.
Here’s what I learned from https://greatist.com/health/complete-vegetarian-proteins
“The term “complete protein” refers to amino acids, the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids that can form a protein, and nine that the body can’t produce on its own. These are called essential amino acids—we need to eat them because we can’t make them ourselves. In order to be considered “complete,” a protein must contain all nine of these essential amino acids in roughly equal amounts.”
Quinoa is a magical vegetable that contains complete protein to the tune of 8 grams in 1 cup serving of cooked quinoa. It also is high in fiber, magnesium, B-vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. You can make all sorts of things with Quinoa as it is a grain.
Check out these recipes I found on Pinterest…
Let’s start with something I LOVE… cookies! These Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Trail Mix Cookies are Vegan, Gluten Free, and Dairy-Free. Plus, the BeamingBaker.com had me at “Dark Chocolate” and includes almond butter. I literally could eat a jar of that stuff!
Ok, ok. We are trying to be healthy-ish here. How about a salad… Here’s an avocado and quinoa salad from TheGardenGrazer.com. Be sure to scroll to the end of the post for a link to 20 more of their favorite salads.
Black Bean & Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini. I LOVE ZUCCHINI! It’s one of my favorite vegetables and my kids love it too! We had a great batch this summer from our tiny backyard garden and I wish I had seen this from YummyHealthyEasy.com. Doesn’t it look delicious and filling?!
Need another hearty meal? How about this Cheesy Caprese Chicken and Quinoa Casserole from EatYourselfSkinny.com Ok, I’m not sure how I’d eat myself skinny if I was eating the entire casserole in one setting because it looks so good but I’ll just roll with it. LOL
Ok, I’m back to the sweet treats! WHAT?… A cake that is made gluten free and sugar free? It’s true thanks to Vitamin-Sunshine.com I think we should send her a thank you note! Seriously!!!
Ok, how can it get any better? There are tons more quinoa recipes on Pinterest. These are just a small sampling of the magic Quinoa can perform. It’s a great alternative to flour especially if you or your family are gluten intolerant at all. Do you have a favorite quinoa recipe?