Is Quinoa Good For Weight Loss?
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Quinoa is a superfood that has earned a global fan following over the years, thanks to its nutrient-dense profile and easy accessibility. Quinoa is a grain-like seed, which is often cooked like rice – so much so that many health enthusiasts are replacing rice with quinoa in dishes like biryani as well. However, restaurants are also using quinoa in smoothies, salads, yogurt and desserts. Enriched with proteins, monounsaturated fats, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin E and B6, riboflavin, iron, magnesium, and more - the gluten-free pseudo-grain comes with many health benefits including boosting heart health and digestion. No wonder nutritionists across the globe have been vouching for this whole grain power-packed with essential nutrients. But did you know quinoa can be a great addition to your weight loss diet as well? 

A complete source of protein, quinoa comes packed with all essential amino acids, which basically makes it an excellent plant-based source of protein for vegetarians who often find themselves in dearth of options. Now since protein helps induce satiety, and regulates hunger hormone ghrelin to check cravings, quinoa ensures that you feel full for long and thus keeps you away from unnecessary bingeing.

Besides protein, quinoa is also a great source of fibre which takes longer to break down and digest; this again keeps you full for long and prevents you from bingeing. Compared to other grains, quinoa contains a much higher quantity of fibre, a nutrient known to facilitate digestion by adding bulk to the stool. A healthy digestion is an important element of the weight loss process. As per the USDA nutritional data, a 100gm serving of quinoa contains 14gm of protein and 7gm of fibre – now that is quite a combination, isn’t it? 

If you are wondering what all you can prepare from quinoa to add to your weight loss diet, we’ve got you covered. 

1. Quinoa Salad 

Chickpea and quinoa, when combined, make for a great protein source together. They are also rich in dietary fibres, which makes it a very healthy option to eat. This salad is a delightful one to prepare, mixing quinoa and chickpea salad with a citrus punch of lemon. 

2. Quinoa Upma 

Give the humble upma from south India a healthy spin by using quinoa instead of semolina, along with multiple spices, herbs, peanuts, cashews and more. 

3. BBQ (Barley, Beets, Quinoa)

Barley, beetroot and quinoa – the trio in a salad is the perfect balance of nutrition and flavour wherein the three wholesome ingredients are tossed together with a tangy lime dressing, served on a bed of arugula leaves.