St.Louis Personal trainer offers a tip on how to have more protein in your meals.
Quinoa is a delicious way to add protein to your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
What is quinoa?
Quinoa is an ancient food from South America. Many people think it is a grain, but it is a seed.
How do you pronounce it?
Why is quinoa so great?
It is high-protein, cholesterol-free, vegan and gluten-free food.
Quinoa has a protein content of about 15 percent, and a balance of important amino acids, magnesium, calcium, vitamins and minerals.
It’s tiny, round and looks a little like rice, but it has a richer, heartier flavor and crunchier texture. Some people describe the taste as “brown rice crossed with oatmeal” that has a “lightness like couscous”.
What are some quinoa recipes?
Quinoa is easy and quick to make. Quinoa and quinoa flour are available at most grocery stores.
For breakfast, you might try swapping cereal for quinoa, mix it into scrambled eggs, or add it to a yogurt and fruit parfait.
For lunch and dinner, it can be prepared like whole grain rice.
If you need suggestions on creating a healthy meal plan, talk to a fitness trainer who is knowledgeable about nutrition and how important it is to an exercise program.