december / food of the month
Those of you who follow along on social media - or for the fortunate ones who have already gotten their fingers on our SEACRET LIFE APP (in beta now, coming at ya in 2017) - you have probably seen us feature a FOOD OF THE MONTH. Each month, we are highlighting a SEACRET SUPERFOOD that you can add to your day-week-month-life to promote healthy behaviors and boost your nutrition.
We will continue to build out the list and we encourage you to enjoy one SEACRET SUPERFOOD on the daily.
here's the list so far:
october / almonds
november / avocados
december / quinoa
So, let's talk quinoa. First off, how do you pronounce that? The proper pronunciation can be approximated to kee-NOO-ah or kee-NO-ah. It is often rolled together into something that sounds closer to KEENwa. No matter how you pronounce it, the important thing is that you consume it.
Quinoa is an ancient grain (seed) that dates back three to four thousand years. Quinoa was known as “the gold of the Incas” because the Incas believed it increased the stamina of their warriors. Many hail it as the “supergrain of the future”. In addition to its numerous health benefits, it is a nutty, tasty addition to your meals.
Here are seven health benefits of quinoa:
- Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat.
- Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains.
- Quinoa contains iron.
- Quinoa contains lysine.
- Quinoa is rich in magnesium.
- Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2).
- Quinoa has a high content of manganese.
Here's where it gets fun! We have a tasty recipe idea for you that combines all three of theSEACRET SUPERFOODS that we have shared so far. And it doesn't get much easier than this...it's as simple as preparing some of your favorite foods and putting them in a bowl.
SEACRET SUPERFOOD SALAD
1/4 cup cooked quinoa + 1 cup organic greens (your favorite type/mix) + 1/2 avocado, sliced + 1/2 apple, cubed + 1/2 orange, supremed or sliced + handful of raw almonds + 1 tsp chia seeds + juice of half a lemon + 1 tablespoon of olive oil + salt and pepper to taste + (optional) orange zest as garnish
cook your quinoa and set aside. to assemble/serve: create a bed of lettuce in your dish. slice and cube other ingredients. arrange avocado slices, apple cubes, orange pieces, almonds, and quinoa. drizzle with olive oil. squeeze lemon over salad. finish with chia seeds, salt, pepper, and zest.
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