This Delicious Quinoa Salad Recipe Is Perfect For Boosting Your Weight Loss
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If you’re like me, you LOVE pasta.
First of all, it’s so versatile. You can dress it up with so many different sauces and flavors… whether you prefer it with a cheese sauce, tomato sauce, a white sauce, or pesto.
And then there are pasta salads—with even more options!
Sadly, however, pasta isn’t always the best choice if you’re trying to eat a low-carb diet. And if you have a gluten sensitivity, eating pasta gets a whole lot more difficult, too.TRENDING: Science Reveals Easy, No-Workout Ways to Lose Weight… While You Snooze!
(I mean, I know there are gluten-free pastas out there… but why are gluten-free foods so much more expensive? And it can be difficult to find one that’s just the right flavor and texture.)
That’s one of the reasons I love quinoa.
It has a similar texture… isn’t overwhelming in flavor… and is somehow a great substitution for pasta.
Plus, it’s gluten-free and packs a LOT more protein and other nutrients than pasta does!
So if you’ve been missing your pasta… or thinking you should cut back on your pasta intake…
(Is eating pasta 5 times a week too much? Asking for a friend. 😉 )
Quinoa is a great substitute! And if you’ve never tried quinoa before… you’re going to live it.
Thankfully, quinoa is also very versatile… just like pasta. So here is one of my favorite quinoa salad recipes—that you can adjust to fit your favorite flavors.
Kind of like pasta, you can dress up quinoa in many different ways and with many different flavors. This recipe is a crowd pleaser!
Let’s get started!
FTH’s Fat-Burning Pistachio & Quinoa Salad
- 1 box of quinoa (8 oz)
- A small handful of pistachios
- ½ cucumber, diced
- ¼ onion, diced
- ½ tomato, diced
- Cook the quinoa as the box instructs, bringing the water to a boil before adding it in and stirring. Return to a boil and then continue cooking on medium-low heat until the quinoa has absorbed the water (about 15 minutes).
- Put the quinoa in a bowl and slice up all of the vegetables.
- Add in the veggies to your dish. (Get creative – you can add different veggies than are listed in the recipe, too!)
- Top with pistachios and enjoy.
One of the great things about this recipe is you can easily customize it to your favorite flavors.
Don’t like onion? Leave it out! Want to add a little garlic? Go for it!
You can use this recipe as a base to get creative with quinoa, veggies, and nuts.
Quinoa: The Nutrient Powerhouse
You’ve probably noticed that I really like quinoa. And yes, I do like the taste and its versatility in recipes.
(By the way, if you haven’t encountered quinoa before… it’s pronounced KEEN-wah.)
But another reason I like quinoa so much is that it’s crazy rich in nutrients and is SO good for you! I love having a meal option that’s easy and versatile… yet I know it will be giving me (and my family) lots of necessary nutrients.
Here are just a few facts about quinoa that prove just how amazing it is for your health:TRENDING: Women Who Eat These 3 Cheeses Are Losing Pounds of Stubborn Belly Fat (Research Proven)
1) Quinoa is FULL of important nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the nutrient content for just one cup of cooked quinoa:
- Protein: 8 grams
- Fiber: 5 grams
- Manganese: 58% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA)
- Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
- Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA
- Folate: 19% of the RDA
- Copper: 18% of the RDA
- Iron: 15% of the RDA
- Zinc: 13% of the RDA
- Potassium: 9% of the RDA
- Over 10% of the RDA for vitamins B1, B2, and B6
- Small amounts of calcium, B3 (niacin), and vitamin E
Quinoa also contains all 9 essential amino acids and a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
2) Quinoa is very high in fiber.
When compared to other grains, quinoa is very high in fiber. In fact, quinoa contains nearly twice as much fiber per cup as most other grains!
Eating a sufficient amount of fiber is important for lowering your cholesterol, reducing your blood sugar levels, helping you lose weight, and making you feel full for longer.
3) Quinoa is gluten-free.
If you have a gluten sensitivity or intolerance, you’re going to LOVE quinoa.
A 2013 survey found that nearly one-third of Americans are trying to avoid or minimize their intake of gluten. And if you’re one of those people, quinoa can provide real benefits.
It’s naturally gluten-free and is a great alternative to many grains that do contain gluten.SPECIAL: This Scientific Trick Can Reduce Your Belly Fat By 8.5% in Just 12 Weeks…
Quinoa is not only delicious and versatile… but it also provides a ton of nutrients that many other gluten-free foods and ingredients are missing.
And that’s just the beginning for quinoa! If you want to learn more about why it’s so good for you…
Feel free to do more research on the nutrients in quinoa and how they benefit your body. You’ll be blown away by how great this one grain is!
Plus, don’t be afraid to experiment with quinoa in recipes. Today’s recipe is a great starting point, but there’s so much more waiting for you.
How This Quinoa Salad Can Help You Lose Weight (Plus 2 More Easy Ways To Boost Fat Burn)…
One reason this crave-worthy recipe is such a good weight loss lunch?
Quinoa is PACKED with protein! In fact, just one cup (185 grams) of quinoa contains 8 grams of protein.
And research has shown that boosting your protein intake can make a huge difference in your weight loss.
One shocking study even found that people who increased their protein intake by just 15-30% burned an average of 441 MORE calories per day!
(And if all I need to do to burn more calories & lose more weight is EAT MORE, I can do that!)
In addition to boosting your protein intake with protein-rich foods like quinoa, there are also several other super easy things you can do to supercharge your weight loss.
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[This post was updated by Fit Trim Happy on July 9, 2020.]