• The popularity of quinoa is constantly growing among all people, healthy and unhealthy eaters alike. It tastes good, it fills you up and it’s something different to spice up your old recipes. Something that most people don’t realize, is that they’re actually doing themselves a huge favor by eating quinoa. This delicious little grain is secretly helping you lose weight!

    Quinoa and Weight Loss

    Now, you may be asking yourself, “how could a grain possibly be helping me lose weight?” Well, there are a number of characteristics to this food that make it an expert weight loss agent.

    Quinoa is high in iron and B 12 which are both essential for your body to produce energy and lose weight. Being deficient in either of these things will slow down your weight loss because your body can’t synthesize nutrients efficiently. Quinoa is also high in dietary fiber and protein which will cause your body to feel fuller longer and make you less apt to unhealthy snacking or binging. Quinoa is low on the glycemic index which means it wont spike your blood pressure. Lastly, quinoa is relatively low in calories. All of that being said, why wouldn’t you want to eat quinoa?

     

    Quinoa Recipes

    The tricky part to adding quinoa to your diet, is figuring out what to make with it. So we have gathered a couple of recipes that we know you will love!

     

    1. Hearty Quinoa Breakfast Cereal

    This is the perfect recipe to start your day with. It’s healthy and delish!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Cooked Quinoa
    • 1 tsp Cinnamon
    • 1 tsp Poppy Seed
    • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Agave Syrup (or honey)
    • 1 tbsp Coconut
    • 2 tbsp Dehydrated Cherries
    • 2 tbsp Dehydrated Cranberries
    • 2 tbsp Walnuts
    • 2 tbsp Chopped Almonds

    Directions:

    1. Combine ingredients and give them a quick stir! If it’s a little colder than you would prefer, feel free to stick in the microwave for a 30 seconds to a minute.

     

    2. Black Bean and Quinoa Energy Lunch

    Have this for lunch and get that boost of energy you need to get you through the day!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 1/3 cup canned low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 small tomato, chopped
    • 1 scallion, sliced
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • Pinch of salt
    • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and toss!

     

    3. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Dinner

    Your family will not be able to get enough of these delicious stuffed peppers!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 tbsp Parmesan Cheese (Shredded)
    • 1 dash Salt
    • 1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
    • 1/2 oz Green Snap Beans
    • 1/4 carrot (7-1/2″) Carrots
    • 1/2 clove Garlic
    • 1 tbsp chopped Onions
    • 1/4 cup, chopped Zucchini
    • 1/4 cup (8 fl oz) Water
    • 1 oz Quinoa
    • 1 serving (serving = 1/2 tsp) Bragg Liquid Aminos
    • 1 serving (serving = 1/4 tsp) Mrs. Dash Table Blend
    • 1/2 serving (serving = 1 oz) Boar’s Head Smoked Gouda
    • 1 serving (serving = 1/2 cup) Taste of Inspirations Tomato Basil Sauce

    Directions:

    1. In small sauce pan cook chopped onion and garlic clove in olive oil.
    2. Add quinoa and toast it for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup of water and salt and bring to boil. Lower temperature and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile saute zucchini, chopped green beans, chopped carrot.
    3. Add finished qunioa to veggie saute and mix in tomato basil sauce, liquid aminos, mrs dash seasoning.
    4. Cut top off of a red pepper and take out seeds. Spoon veggie quinoa mix in and layer with Parmesan cheese until pepper is full. Top with one slice smoked Gouda and bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes!

    Weight Loss Help

    With the help of these three recipes you’ll be cooking up health for you and your family! If you have had trouble losing weight in the past and are interested in trying again, contact Svelte Medical Weight Loss Center located in Orlando. They will meet with you to figure out a weight loss plan that works for your body and get you on track to lose weight fast. Don’t wait any longer to turn your life around!

    Susie Bragg

    Dr. Richard and Susie Bragg have been committed to bringing our proven system of medical weight loss to Orlando, Florida and the surrounding area for well over a decade. With a 90% success rate, we believe Svelte MD is the best way to lose weight fast and keep it off forever. We have a plan that fits every person, regardless of medical background or age. Get on board with us and discover a new, fabulous you!