Quinoa is one of the more popular gluten-free ancient grains, primarily due to its rich protein content.
Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids, which makes it a complete plant protein, providing 8g per one-cup serving.
Quinoa has a mild taste and is easy to use in breakfast recipes, and various lunch and dinner meals.
- ¼ cup quinoa
- 1 ¼ cups almond milk
- 1 scoop plant protein powder
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ apple, sliced
- Cashew nuts, sliced
- 1 tbsp natural macadamia nut butter
Quinoa is a good source of dietary fibre, and contains potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate and zinc, along with potent antioxidants in the form of quercetin and kaempferol.
- Cook the quinoa in 1 cup of almond milk in a saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce to low heat to simmer until quinoa is tender.
- Stir in cinnamon and plant protein, adding the additional ¼ cup almond milk to blend in the protein powder.
- Serve in a bowl. Garnish with sliced apple, a dollop of macadamia nut butter and coulis.
Author: Pedro van Gaalen
When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.