Quinoa is all the rage at the moment and for good reason. This is an extremely healthy and versatile ingredient that can be used in a range of different dishes, and that is very tasty to boot. Quinoa works well as a carb substitute, making it perfect for low card diets. Low card diets of course are popular for those looking to reduce the amount of sugar they are taking in, thereby avoiding spikes in their blood glucose that lead to insulin and weight gain.
By choosing quinoa rather than – say rice or pasta – you can enjoy a slow and steady release of energy that will keep you fuelled throughout the day and won’t lead to a subsequent crash. Not only that, but you can also benefit from the nutritional goodness that you get from quinoa, that you simply don’t get from other empty-calorie sides.
Finally, quinoa is popular because… well… it looks good! That’s why you find so many Instagram posts featuring quinoa. And it works especially well alongside avocados, eggs, salmon, kale, and all that other good stuff.
So with all that in mind, here are 12 delicious, fun, easy, and healthy quinoa recipes that you can make yourself right now!
1 Salmon and Avocado Quinoa Salad
This one is basically a cold salad that includes:
- Smoked salmon
- Pomegranate seeds
- Goats cheese
That’s really all you need to know. Other than the fact that when you combine these ingredients together – using the quinoa as the base as it were – you get something that is fresh, delicious, and incredibly healthy.
Salmon in particular is one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods you can add to your plate. Not only is this a fantastic lean source of protein that will provide your muscles, flesh, and bones with fuel, but it is also a source of omega 3 fatty acid. You’ve likely heard of omega 3 fatty acid before, seeing as it is so beneficial for the brain, the joints, and the absorption of nutrients. This will help to reduce inflammation by improving the balance with omega 6, and it will help to improve ‘cell membrane permeability’ so that signals can actually travel more quickly through the brain!
The avocado and salmon are perfectly offset by the much juicier and sweeter mango and pomegranate, and the quinoa just adds to the amazing texture.