Quinoa for Weight Loss
Quinoa is one superfood that is replete with health-benefiting and weight-loss-friendly properties. According to the book, 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing House, "Quinoa is considered a complete protein because it contains all the essential amino acids; it is particularly high in lysine, important for tissue growth and repair." While there are plenty of protein sources available for non-vegetarians, vegetarians have a hard luck here as they are left with less options to choose from.
When you combine quinoa with healthy vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, spring onions, yellow chilli, olives and beans, the nutritional value of the dish increases to a significant extent. All these vegetables are immensely rich in fibre content. Zucchini complements well with quinoa as it helps maintain metabolic balance, which is required for effective weight loss. "Fibre, vitamin C, and beta-carotene in zucchini help regulate blood sugar levels. Amounts of manganese can help the body metabolise protein and carbohydrates and digest fat," notes the book 'Healing Foods'.
Since this wonder pseudo-grain contains twice the quantity of fibre as compared to other grains, it helps in aiding digestion by adding bulk to the stool, thereby, regulating bowel movements. Having quinoa with vegetables during lunch is a good way to keep untimely hunger pangs at bay as this wholesome dish is sure to keep you satiated for long by inducing a feeling of fullness.