Yummy Quinoa with Raisins and Nuts

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1 cup quinoa (serves 2-4)
2 cups water
1/8 -1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 cup chopped raw nuts
1/8 cup chopped unsulphured* dried fruit (*meaning not containing suplphur dioxide or sodium bisulfate as preservatives) OR fresh organic banana, sliced
Almond, hemp, hazlenut or rice milk

  • Bring water to a boil
  • Stir in the quinoa
  • Stir occasionally for about 10 minutes – CAN BE MADE THE DAY BEFORE and simply heated with almond, hemp or rice milk
  • Add cinammon, stir to mix
  • Top with chopped raw nuts and dried fruit
  • Serve with warm almond, rice or hemp milk
  • Optional: add cardamom and/or nutmeg
  • Note from Dr. Paul: ‘I take this packed in Tupperware to work along with a Green Smoothie, and I’m good for three or four hours – very filling and it doesn’t cause swings in blood sugar.’

 

What is Quinoa?
First, quinoa (pronounced keen’-wah) is gluten free, high in fiber and high in protein. Nutritionally, quinoa might be considered a super-grain: although it is not really a grain, but the seed of a leafy plant that’s distantly related to spinach. Quinoa has excellent reserves of protein, and unlike other grains, is not missing the amino acid lysine, so the protein is more complete. The World Health Organization has rated the quality of protein in quinoa to be very high. It offers more iron than other grains and contains high levels of potassium and riboflavin, as well as B6, niacin, and thiamin. Finally, quinoa is also a good source of magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese, and has some folate (folic acid).

 

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