Serves 2 – 3 people
- 1/2 pack of mixed quinoa
- 1/2 bag of fresh baby spinach
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup of hazelnuts, roughly crushed
- 1 blood orange
- 1/2 cup of fresh pomegranate seeds
- 1 – 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Pepper and salt to taste
- Optional: 1 garlic clove, squeezed
- Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the packaging, in 1 tbsp vegetable stock
- Peel the avocado and cut into cubes
- Peel the blood orange and cut into cubes
- Heat the nuts briefly in a dry frying pan and crush or chop roughly
- Mix all ingredients together and serve warm, lukewarm or cold
- NB: Also handy salad for on-the-go or at the office!
Good to know:
Quinoa is rich in high-quality proteins
Quinoa is a seed – not a grain
Quinoa is not a grain but a “pseudo-grain”. It is actually a seed. So, unlike grains, it does not cause an increase in blood sugar and is not insulin-producing, but it does in fact stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Amino acids powerhouse
Quinoa is an amino acid powerhouse and contains all 8 essential amino acids, twice as much fiber as all other “grains” and it is also gluten free. Quinoa contains about 222 calories and 8 grams of protein per 185 grams.
Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory
Quinoa is also laded with 2 plant antioxidants, that have medical researchers and scientists touting its classification as a true “superfood”; these two flavonoids (or: plant oxidants) are called quercetin and kaempferol and have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties and have been shown – as a natural antidepressant.
Quinoa and SCI
As a food, as a “pseudo-grain”, quinoa has it in my opinion ALL over it’s protein competitors. It’s one of the most healthy protein sources for people with SCI.