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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 September 20, 2018

                                        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

                                        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

                                        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

                                        1. Breathe

                                        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

                                        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
                                        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
                                        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

                                        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

                                        2. Loosen up

                                        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

                                        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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                                        3. Chew slowly

                                        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

                                        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

                                        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

                                        4. Let go

                                        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

                                        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

                                        It’s not. Promise.

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                                        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

                                        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

                                        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

                                        5. Enjoy the journey

                                        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

                                        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

                                        6. Look at the big picture

                                        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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                                        Will this matter to me…

                                        • Next week?
                                        • Next month?
                                        • Next year?
                                        • In 10 years?

                                        Hint: No, it won’t.

                                        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

                                        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

                                        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

                                        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

                                        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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                                        8. Practice patience every day

                                        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

                                        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
                                        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
                                        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

                                        Final thoughts

                                        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

                                        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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