Super Food: Cumin Quinoa Salad

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Ingredients and Recipe Directions:

  • 2 cups water (boil)
  • 1 cup quinoa (add to boiling water – reduce heat to about 2) 3-5 mins (remove from heat once water is absorbed)
  •  Let cool
  • Add 1 tbsp (or more depending on flavor preference) cumin
  • ¾ cup cranberries
  • ¾ cup copped almonds
  • ¾ cup green onions

And the health benefits? Take a look at all of the super benefits and vitamins packed into this Super Food dish:

Healthy Quinoa

Called a supergrain, quinoa is highly nutritious and can supply us with all of the body’s requirements: carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Quinoa is gluten free and considered an ideal food for those prone to food allergies. Quinoa, a leafy grain, is not in the grass family, making it beneficial for people who cannot tolerate common grains like wheat, corn, rye, barley, and oats. Nutritional data on quinoa can vary from one variety to another, from one method of saponin removal to another, and from variations in growing conditions. Therefore, the data offers a wide spread in its figures. For instance, its protein content can range from 7.5% to 22.1%. Compared to common wheat at 14%, rye at 12%, and brown rice at 7.5%, quinoa’s figures are impressive.

Cranberries

Raw cranberries have moderate levels of vitamin C, dietary fiber and the essential dietary mineral, manganese, as well as a balanced profile of other essential micronutrients. Has an ORAC score of 9,584 units per 100 g

Cumin

Cumin is stomachic, diuretic, carminative, stimulant, astringent, emmenagogic and antispasmodic. It is valuable in dyspepsia diarrhoea and hoarseness, and may relieve flatulence and colic. In the West, it is now used mainly in veterinary medicine, as a carminative, but it remains a traditional herbal remedy in the East. It is supposed to increase lactation and reduce nausea in pregnancy. It has been shown to be effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as diarrhea, indigestion, and morning sickness. Cumin also shows promise as a natural way to increase breast size. Used in a poultice, it relieves swelling of the breast or the testicles. Cumin stimulates the appetite.

Almonds

The medicinal virtues of almonds arise chiefly from pharmaco dynamic action of copper, iron, phosphorus and vitamin B1. These chemicals exert a synergic action – i.e. increased energy due to chemical interaction and help the formation of new blood cells, hemoglobin and play a major role in maintaining the smooth physiological functions of brain, nerves, bones, heart and liver. The almond is thus highly beneficial in preserving the vitality of the brain, in strengthening the muscles and in prolonging life.

Green Onion

It is mainly used as a traditional medicine for common cold… but did you know:

  • It stimulates the respiratory tract and helps in expelling sputum (phlegm).
  • It contains essential oils that stimulates the sweat glands and promote sweating.
  • It normalizes blood pressure.
  • It increases appetite.
  • It helps prevent diarrhea.
  • It is rich in sulfur, an essential element that kills or inhibits fungus infections.
  • It inhibits cancer cell growth especially colon cancer. Green onion’s anti-colon cancer properties are well known among traditional healers around the world.
  • It contains vitamin A and C. The white part of it has calcium, too.
  • It is a good appetizer.
  • It helps speed up blood circulation and absorbs vitamin B1. This helps reduce stress and tiredness.

A big thanks to Barbilee Hemmings B.A.;B.Ed and Family Success Coach at www.AskBarbilee.com.

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