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20 Quinoa Recipes To Keep You Healthy Every Day

20 Quinoa Recipes To Keep You Healthy Every Day

If you are trying to eat cleaner and healthier, or giving up gluten, wheat, or breads, you may be looking for more creative things to do with one of the healthiest grains around — Quinoa! It is filling, nutrient-dense, and a well-balanced food, which is technically not a grain, but is a seed from the Goosefoot fruit. It still has higher carbohydrates, but if you are seeking quick energy, the protein balances out the carbohydrate, making for quicker absorption of nutrients.

Quinoa is considered an “ancient grain,” eaten by the Incan empire as a sacred food. It’s also a superfood, and is one of the highest protein grains around. It is not so much of a grain, as a seed, so it is lower in carbohydrates for those eating low-carb or low-glycemic diets. It is even suitable, according to NASA, to be able to be grown in space!

It is high in amino acids, containing all 8 amino acids necessary for your body to function at an optimal level. Amino acids help heal wounds and repair connective tissue, making it a great post-workout food, both to help build muscle and for recovery.

Quinoa is a great food for diabetics or those with high blood sugar, as it is low on the glycemic index. It takes the place of grains like rice and pasta, and has a nutty flavor and a rich texture.

Rice bowls and rice pastas are gluten-free but can be sticky when served cold, as in pasta salads. Quinoa holds up well, both in cold and hot dishes, and is so much healthier for you than rice or pasta. It is not only low in fat, and cholesterol-free, but it contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Take that rice!

Also, if you are a vegan or vegetarian, quinoa is an excellent way to get your iron, magnesium, and fiber. Delicious …  AND nutritious.

1. Quinoa patties

Eat these plain, or on top of a salad. They can be frozen and reheated easily.

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    2. Roasted Cauliflower, Mushroom,  and Goat Cheese Quiche with Quinoa Crust

    Who knows filling flour when you can use a superfood instead?

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      3. Baked Taquitos

      These little bundles of comfort food use quinoa as the “meat.”

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        4. Greek Quinoa and Avocado Salad

        A quick meatless main dish recipe.

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          5. Curried Red Lentil Soup with Chickpeas and Quinoa

          A hearty soup with protein and calcium.

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            6. Quinoa Salad with Black Beans, Avocado, and Cumin-Lime Dressing

            Great to bring as a dish to a summer potluck dinner.

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              7. Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

              These Asian-inspired wraps area  great alternative to chicken.

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                8. Quinoa Coconut Cacao No Bake Bars

                Easy to make and a chocolatey gluten-free decadent treat

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                  9. Clean Eating Quinoa Tortillas

                  You will need a tortilla press for this one, but make your own low carb tortillas.

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                    10. Spinach and Mushroom Quinoa Recipe

                    A simple and healthy quinoa bowl for any time of day.

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                      11. Mexican Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing

                      A creamy dish for dinner full of protein.

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                        12. Cheesy Broccoli Quinoa

                        Like mac and cheese without the gluten.

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                          13. Quinoa Cakes with Spinach and Goat Cheese

                          For a great party appetizer with a dip.

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                            14. Almond Butter Curry Sauce with Veggies

                            A creamy, dreamy Thai inspired dish.

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                              16. Coconut Quinoa Bowl Recipe

                              I was just cooked this for dinner the other night and it was incredible! Healthy, great texture, and great nutrition.

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                                17. Sesame Quinoa Spring Rolls

                                A light summer appetizer.

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                                  18. Quinoa-Baked Vegan Zucchini Fries

                                  Fries without the guilt!

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                                    19. Apple Carrot Quinoa Chili

                                    A heart-warming chili with a sweet finish.

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                                      20. 5-Minute Hot Quinoa Cereal

                                      Other gluten-free hot cereals you have to let sit over night, but not this one.

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                                        Are there are recipes using quinoa that you’d recommend? Tell us in the comments!

                                        Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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                                        Last Updated on January 14, 2019

                                        7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                        7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

                                        From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

                                        What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

                                        1. Take the scenic route.

                                        Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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                                        Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

                                        2. Distract yourself.

                                        No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

                                        3. Listen to music or podcasts.

                                        There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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                                        4. Bring a friend.

                                        Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

                                        Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

                                        5. Accessorize.

                                        There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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                                        For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

                                        6. Compete.

                                        A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

                                        7. Relax.

                                        The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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                                        With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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