Top tip for increasing energy Quinoa –

Quinoa – Superfood for Sports Stamina. Quinoa (pronounced keen wa)

dates back to the Incas, who used it as a food to boost the stamina of

their warriors, to allow them to run long distances at high altitudes

It was called “the mother grain”, although quinoa is not a true grain, but a seed,

So how is this tiny grain going to enhance your sports stamina?

Well for a start it is packed with B vitamins which are essential for energy metabolism.

A low GL carbohydrate with slow energy release

Contains double the protein of brown rice – 14g per 100g.

Also, quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids.

A good source of iron, an important nutrient for energy and stamina.

100g of quinoa provides 50% of your daily magnesium requirement!

Quinoa is also high in zinc

Gluten-free, quinoa is easier to digest than other grains – such as wheat and rye – and therefore less allergenic. Gluten allergies and sensitivities can lead to fatigue.

With a slightly nutty flavour, quinoa can be used as a rice or pasta alternative and can also be added to yoghurt with nuts and seeds to create a delicious breakfast alternative.

When preparing quinoa, you should rinse it first to remove any powdery residue. The simplest way to do this is to place the grains in a strainer and rinse until the water runs clear. To cook, bring one part quinoa and two parts liquid to a boil; cover and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until the grains are translucent.

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