Friday, August 3, 2007

Quinoa Recipe Ideas

Good to Know: Quinoa, is an extremely nutritious seed. It has a protein value that is extremely
high (12-18%) and the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Quinoa is easy to digest and naturally contains no gluten. It is also a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron. If you are on a weight loss program or aiming for a high protein low carb diet, go for quinoa. Rice, Wheat, Corn, barley even if they are whole grains they do add to weight problems, but a seed based diet like Quinoa, Ragi(Finger Millet) will allow you to take charge of your weight. Even though whole grains, contribute an important part in the food pyramid there are various views on this and some believe these to be the cause of obesity, diabetes etc. But it is very difficult to eliminate grains, when you are used to a grain based staple.  But substituting it with seeds like Millet, Quinoa at least one meal of the day will really help in moving towards the direction. Here are few Quinoa recipe ideas.....

coconut quinoa recipe

Starters | Appetizers | Chaat

Good To Know: You can really WOW your holiday guests by serving a few simple and tasty appetizers before sitting down to the table.  Pick just one or two of these to serve as hor d'oeuvers.  Keep the portion size small (bite size), so that your guests are not too full before sitting down at the table. You could also just make several of these appetizers for a cocktail party. Many of these recipes can be made in advance, which makes life a lot less hectic on the day of your party. 

Chinese Vegetable Spring Rolls

Low Carb Snack Ideas

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Guilt Free Low Fat Snack Ideas

Good to Know: When hunger strikes, make sure you're prepared with low-fat snack options. Rather than heading to the vending machine, keep a few of these homemade, healthy snack foods on hand. From low-fat dips perfect for fresh veggies to smoothies and from frozen, chocolate-covered bananas to low-fat muffins and granola bars, there's a recipe for every sweet or salty craving.

MixedBean Chickpea Pomegranate Salad

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