Every year people decide to do some Spring cleaning in their homes by clearing out the trash and getting rid of clutter and things that no longer serve you. The same rule should apply to your body! As we leave winter behind its a great idea to detox the body as well. Most people turn to green smoothies or juice cleanses to do this but there is another great way to do that… and it’s with quinoa.
This superfood has been a staple food in the diet of South American Indians for thousands of years, according to the book “The World’s Healthiest Foods.” The Incas and Aztecs considered quinoa a sacred food, helping increase their stamina, but quinoa fell on hard times when Spanish conquerors burned the quinoa fields and made it illegal to harvest. In the 1980’s, two Americans discovered the nutritional power of quinoa and began importing it to the US where its popularity has grown now to an all time high.
Most people think of quinoa as a grain but it is in fact the seed of a plant that is related to leafy green vegetables like spinach and swiss chard (which is why it’s a gluten free choice). This is why this superfood packs such an incredible punch. Quinoa provides a significant amount of protein and is a complete protein – meaning it includes all nine essential amino acids our bodies need on a daily basis. It’s especially packed with the amino acid power of lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair – thus why it makes a great choice for spring cleaning your body. Quinoa that is sprouted is even better because the sprouting process breaks down the seed’s protective coating and helps to unlock its nutrients.
I love quinoa so much I joined the company truRoots as a Blogger Ambassador last year to help spread the word on this mighty mighty superfood. I love truRoots because you can find their products in retail stores like Target and not just health food stores, making it available to the masses at an affordable price. Quinoa is so versatile and can be used in so many ways. Cook up a batch and it can literally just be tossed in to so many different things to add a powerful nutrient punch. Check out some of the truRoots recipes as well as some of my own by following the link.