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.