Super Summer Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is close to one of the most complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. Quinoa is a complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids that are required by the body as building blocks for muscles. It is a wonderful way to ensure that you consume valuable fiber that eases elimination and tones your colon. Quinoa contains high levels of magnesium to help relax your muscles and blood vessels and effects blood pressure. Quinoa is a good source of manganese and copper that act as antioxidants in your body to get rid of dangerous cancer and disease-causing substances. Quinoa can be your superfood: regulating your blood sugar, enhancing elimination, and keeping your heart healthy. This recipe also includes blueberries, almonds, and olive oil providing a plethora of health benefits and complete nutrition.
1 cup quinoa
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
3 scallions, sliced thin
1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1/3 cup slivered almonds
Cracked black pepper to taste
1. Rinse quinoa well in a fine mesh strainer. Add to a pot with two cups of water. Bring to a boil.
2. Add sea salt, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
3. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice and mix well.
4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
5. Top with fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
Tonight I had this for dinner as is but tomorrow I am planning on making a wrap for lunch with a low-carb tortilla, crumbled feta cheese and spinach. See what creative additions you can come up with!
This makes eight servings with 143 calories, 5 grams of fat, 21.5 grams of carbohydrates, 3.5 grams of fiber, and 4.5 grams of protein.