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12 Can’t-Miss Quinoa Recipes

12 Can’t-Miss Quinoa Recipes

Quinoa is one of those in vogue super foods that seem to be everywhere at the moment. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is incredibly healthy and super tasty. Unfortunately, a lot of quinoa on the market is unethically sourced from South America where farmers aren’t necessarily paid a fare wage for their crops. With that in mind, make sure you buy fair trade quinoa, and then try some of these amazing quinoa recipes.

1. Mango and Quinoa Parfait

    I believe in getting excited about my breakfast. As someone who used to frequently skip the first meal of the day, I found this didn’t happen once I was enthusiastic about the food in question. This parfait would certainly inspire even the most fervent non-breakfast eater to partake.

    2. Quinoa Porridge

      The perfect winter staple, particularly for anyone that can’t have traditional porridge due to gluten intolerance or the like.

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      3. Vegan Quinoa Mac N Cheese

        This recipe is a fantastic alternative for those of us who are health conscious or vegan.

        4. Salmon with Moroccan Quinoa and Quail Eggs

          This is a bit on the fancy side, which makes it perfect for dinner parties or special occasions.

          5. Walnut Pear Salad with Quinoa and Sweet Potato

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            This salad combines incredibly delicious flavours with simplicity. The dressing is made from an easy combination of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar–each of these ingredients add to the general healthiness of the salad itself. Great for a quiet lunch or to take to a dinner party.

            6. Quinoa Crusted Chicken Fingers

              This recipe is great for adults and kids alike. It’s also good for people who have a gluten intolerances and don’t want to miss out on the tastiness that is chicken fingers–simply leave out the breadcrumbs. To make it healthier, use cold pressed olive oil or simply bake them in the oven instead.

              7. Squash Boats with Quinoa Filling

                I adore this recipe because it allows me to indulge in something that’s still relatively uncommon in Australia–using squash/pumpkins in sweet recipes. This is incredibly filling, so I definitely recommend sharing.

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                8. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

                  I love this breakfast bowl because it’s incredibly versatile. You can remove the egg if you prefer it to be vegan, or add bacon if you’re pro eating meat. You can do whatever you want with this and it will still be delish.

                  9. Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes

                    Who said that pancakes must be unhealthy? You can make these even healthier by substituting the flour for almond meal and the sugar for honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Or simply add berries to the mixture to naturally sweeten them.

                    10. Strawberry-Banana Quinoa Smoothie

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                      I love smoothies. You can’t really go wrong by combining banana and strawberry. Quinoa helps to make it all the more filling.

                      11. Quinoa and Cauliflower Patties

                        These vegetarian-friendly patties make for a lovely lunch on a bed of salad, or even on a burger bun if you’re after something a little bit more substantial. I’d recommend pairing it with tzatziki.

                        12. Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies

                          I know that none of us really think ‘healthy’ when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, but considering this recipe. The ingredients used here are as healthy as you can make them. Besides, we all need to live just a little.

                          Featured photo credit: Quinoa via alterecofoods.com

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                          Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                          How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                          When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                          So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                          1. Exercise

                          It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                          2. Drink in Moderation

                          I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                          3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                          Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                          4. Watch Less Television

                          A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                          Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                          5. Eat Less Red Meat

                          Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                          If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                          6. Don’t Smoke

                          This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                          7. Socialize

                          Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                          8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                          Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                          9. Be Optimistic

                          Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                          10. Own a Pet

                          Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                          11. Drink Coffee

                          Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                          12. Eat Less

                          Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                          13. Meditate

                          Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                          Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                          How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                          14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                          Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                          15. Laugh Often

                          Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                          16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                          Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                          17. Cook Your Own Food

                          When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                          Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                          18. Eat Mushrooms

                          Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                          19. Floss

                          Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                          20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                          Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                          Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                          21. Have Sex

                          Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                          Reference

                          [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                          [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                          [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                          [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                          [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                          [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                          [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                          [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                          [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                          [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                          [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                          [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                          [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                          [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                          [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                          [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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