Another amazing smoothie, not only because of it’s flavor, but because it was a perfect mix to add quinoa, a Super Power Food. Quinoa is considered a super power food due to the fact that it is a cereal that contains all essential amino acids. That means the amino acids the body cannot produce by itself, and need to receive through food.
Quinoa is also a good source of Iron specially for people living on a vegan/vegetarian diet if compared to rice which has no iron. A portion size for cooked quinoa for a meal is 60g cooked or 2 ounces. Yet making a variation for this smoothie I added 2 teaspoons of quinoa flour, just to give it the boost with the carbs and the iron. If you have quinoa as a grain it is quite simple to make it into flour if you don’t find it commercially. In a pan place a cup of quinoa, dried, and cook if for 2-3 minutes. Add it to a food processor until it becomes flour. That way you can easily add it to your smoothies.
Check out the nutritional composition of Quinoa.
|Serving Size 1/3 cup (60g)|
|Calories from Fat||10|
|Total Fat 2 g||2%|
|Saturated 0 g||0%|
|Colesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 2 mg||0%|
|Potasium 0 mg||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 12g||4%|
|Fiber 2 g||6%|
|Sugars 0 g|
|Protein 2 g|
Red Fruit, Quinoa Smoothie (Serves 1)
2 tsp of quinoa flour
1/2 red apple
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1/3 cup of pineapple
(feel free to add peach if you have any)
1. Mix all ingredients and blend
2. Enjoy the benefits of fruits and quinoa.
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