Vegan beets quinoa

One of my favorite ingredients to work with is beets! They make everything IMG_1232looks so beautiful with its purple color! Today, I made beet quinoa! Fresh, easy and healthy.

For those who aren’t familiar with Quinoa, Quinoa is a superfood that originate from South America, known as the “mother of all grains”. Quinoa is the only grain that is a complete source of protein- same kind of protein that is found in meat and dairy. AKA, it contains all the essential amino acids. It is gluten free, high in fiber, packed with vitamins (B, thiamine, riboflavin, B6 and folate) and minerals (iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc), rich in antioxidant and high in protein! The protein content per 100 calories is higher than brown rice, potatoes, barley and millet.  No wonder its called superfood! Quinoa is popular among vegans as it contains modest amount of calcium. And it is popular for people who has celiac disease, as quinoa is gluten free.

Beets have many great health benefits. It may help lower blood pressure, boost stamina (source of energy), fight inflammation, contains anti-cancer property, help support mental health, support detoxification and much more. It is rich in folate, manganese, potassium, copper etc. High in fiber and loaded with antioxidant.

For those who are wondering how much to drink to see effect on lowering blood pressure? According to Dr. Oz, one to two cups juice a day have been shown to have a significant effect for lowering blood pressure.

Ingredients:

2-3 heads of organic beets

Quinoa

pine nuts

Organic parsley

Himalayan salt

Directions:

  1. Boil the quinoa
  2. Slice the beets and parsley
  3. in a bowl, mix beets, cooked quinoa, parsley and pine nuts together
  4. based on taste, use a pinch of himalayan salt and mix it

For fun facts about beets, click here.

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