WHETHER YOU’RE TRYING to lose a significant amount of weight or the last 10 pounds, dropping fat is incredibly difficult. Low-calorie diets are unreasonable and you’re hungry all the time. That’s why nutritionists urge dieters to eat quality, nutrient-dense foods—the benefits of which equal to or outweigh their caloric impact.
Quinoa is a unique whole grain because it’s a complete protein. Dietary fiber actually binds to fat and cholesterol, helping your body absorb less of the two. The ancient grain is also rich in eight essential amino acids, and vitamins and minerals like magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, iron and B12—both of which are crucial to energy levels. Quinoa is great eaten alone, mixed with raw veggies as a cold salad, or warm like a pilaf.