Quinoa is a wonderful healthy grain. Well, technically it’s actually closer to leafy greens such as chard and spinach, but it cooks and feels like a grain. Quinoa is low in carbs and promotes an alkaline body. It contains complete protein, and is rich in essential vitamins and minerals. Compounds found in quinoa can even help several health conditions including migraines, cardiovascular problems, premature ageing, childhood asthma, gallstones and even breast cancer. In fact, a study reported to the American institute for Cancer Research stated that quinoa could promote health as equally, or even better than fruits and vegetables. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should quit eating fruits and veggies, but rather emphasize the benefits of adding this healthy little “grain” to your diet.
The following recipe is not only very healthy and delicious; it’s also a great breakfast suitable for a liver cleansing diet and an alkaline diet. There’s even an option to make it raw! This fiber-rich breakfast is also a good way to detox naturally with whole foods.
- 1/2 cup of quinoa
- 1 fresh apple
- Zest of 1/2 lemon, with a few drops of the juice
- 1/4 cup raisins, soaked overnight
Rinse quinoa under running water and cook according to package instructions. While the quinoa cooks, grate the apple and the lemon zest. Add to the quinoa pot along with the lemon juice, raisins and cinnamon, and let sit a bit in the pot before serving so everything gets warm. Serve in a bowl and decorate with apple slices and fresh mint.
You could also try this recipe with sprouted quinoa and eat raw (jut mix every ingredient and eat as is) for an even more nutritious meal.