SERVING SIZE: 1/4 c
SPECIES: Chenopodium quinoa
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
The Solution for Carb Cravings
Quinoa can help curb carb cravings and help you maintain a healthy weight. Often, carbohydrate and sugar cravings are protein cravings in disguise. If you crave carbs, make quinoa your first choice. Quinoa provides the satisfaction of carbohydrates, but also feeds your hidden protein craving.
Superfood for VegetariansQuinoa offers a compelling array of health benefits. It contains more protein (14% by mass) and fat than most grains which makes it an excellent alternative to white rice or refined carbohydrates, especially for vegetarians. Even NASA recognizes quinoa's haloed health status, proposing quinoa as the perfect food to take on extended space flights. It is no wonder that prices have tripled since 2006!
Nourishing After IllnessThe simple and satisfying "pseduo-grain" known is especially attractive for those with weak digestion or recovering from illness. It is high in fiber, soothing to the digestive tract, and slightly cooling, relieving inflammatory conditions. Plus it is free of gluten, a common allergen found in wheat and other grains, which contributes to its digestibility and increasing popularity.
Blood BuildingQuinoa is rich in iron, and restores strength to deficient blood. It contains more calcium than milk, and is rich in magnesium, phosphorus, strengthening kidney yang. Magnesium relaxes and nourishes the heart and muscles, while it promotes heart function.
BUYING & PREPARATION
Soak for five minutes then strain before cooking in order to remove any residual bitter tasting saponins. Then prepare it just like rice--except it takes a fraction of the time! Combine two cups of filtered water for every cup of quinoa, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue to cook covered for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. When it is cooked, the outer germ surrounding the seed breaks open and tiny white coils appear. Remove from heat and let stand for five minutes, then fluff with a fork.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Is Quinoa Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
Heart & Circulation:
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
Kidney & Urinary:
KIDNEY-TONICAn herb that strengthens the kidneys.
MUSCLE-TONICHerbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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Eat Well for Life With Ayurveda: Balance Your Dosha
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Comments & Impressions of 'Quinoa'Do you like 'quinoa'? Why or why not? What makes it unique? Is there something you'd like to know about 'quinoa'?
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I've read mixed charts on quinoa. Some say they're not good for Vata and Pitta, and others say good for Vata but not Pitta. Does it just depend on if it's rinsed or not?
I am glad it is tridoshic! I love quinoa
I have quinoa every morning for breakfast mixing it with chia seed,flax seed, & hempseed with some almond milk, topped with yoghurt & berries on top....its very light & satiating.
Did not think of having it for breakfast. Great idea!
I am Pitta and I use quinoa in tabbouleh to replace bulgur wheat. Also use organic quinoa flakes as my breakfast cereal, sometimes simply heating 1 cup almond or coconut milk on medium heat to a boil then adding 1/3 cup flakes and stirring for 30 seconds, taking off heat for 4 mins until thickened and sweetening with maple syrup (also good for Pitta). I also use quinoa flakesto thicken soups, coating whatever I bake and using in patties instead of rolled oats. It is so versatile! Switching to quinoa has lessened my ravenous hunger and I find Food cravings have lessened. The added bonus is that I have lost a lot of belly fat.
I have read in other Ayerveda books that Quinoa is not good for Pitta because it is pungent and heating. But it is the only grain I digest well. I am a little confused. How are food qualities determined and why are there so many different lists out there?
Mag - I think people have different opinions on the energetics of foods because they often use their own bodies to discover the qualities of a food, and each body reacts differently to a food based on the qualities. So, for a strongly pitta person, quinoa might feel pungent because pitta people are already "pungent" but it might not feel that way to another person. But, if you are having trouble digesting grains, then you may have an underlying digestive balance and working with a practitioner may help you discover what is really going on below the surface. It also is a seed, not a grain, so that may be why you digest it well!
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DietBulimia, past or current
Blood and CirculationSensitive to Alcohol
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.