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So THAT'S Why You Should Be Eating Quinoa

SO. MUCH. PROTEIN.
01/22/2016 06:01am ET

Quinoa boomed into popularity a few years back, so by now most of us have at least tried it and kind of know how to pronounce it (it's keen-wa). This South American grain took our grocery stores by storm because it's been heralded as a superfood, but do you know why? It's pretty simple, really -- there are four main reasons.

1. When it comes to quinoa, it's all about the protein. For some of us, getting our fill of protein in a way that doesn't involve fatty red meats can be a challenge. And that's why quinoa is so great. Unlike the other grains we eat, a serving of quinoa (about 100 grams) actually provides us with 8 grams of complete protein. A complete protein contains all nine essential amino acids your body needs, and it's tough to find in vegetarian form. But quinoa fits the bill.

2. Protein aside, quinoa is also full of fiber. It has almost twice as much fiber as most other grains we eat. Fiber's important because it can help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

3. Quinoa is high in minerals, too. The ones that most people don't get enough of, like iron and magnesium to name a couple. Iron is essential because it helps keep our red blood cells healthy. And magnesium is good because it promotes healthy blood sugar control.

4. It's naturally gluten free. This is a huge benefit to anyone with Celiac disease or those who are simply gluten intolerant.

There are many other great benefits to eating quinoa, but above are the four main pillars. Now that you know, don't you just want to eat a bowl? Here are the recipes you need to make that happen in the most delicious way possible.

1
Greek Quinoa Dinner Omelets With Feta And Tzatziki
Half Baked Harvest
2
Crunchy Quinoa And Dark Chocolate Brown Butter Granola
How Sweet It Is
3
Whole Wheat Banana Quinoa Pancakes
Ambitious Kitchen
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4
Crispy Black Bean Quinoa Burritos
Two Peas and their Pod
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5
Baked Quinoa Falafel
A Beautiful Mess
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6
Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls
How Sweet It Is
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7
Quinoa-Stuffed Eggplant With A Roasted Garlic Raita
Adventures In Cooking
8
Greek Goddess Chickpea And Quinoa Nachos With Pita Chips
Half Baked Harvest
9
Quinoa Hash Browns
A Beautiful Mess
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10
Quinoa Tortillas
The Gracious Pantry
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11
Thai Chicken Quinoa Bowl
How Sweet It Is
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12
Kidney Bean And Quinoa Soft Tacos
Bev Cooks
13
Quinoa Salad With Mango, Snap Peas, Ginger And Lime
Alexandra Cooks
14
Quinoa Pizza With Meyer Lemon, Goat Cheese And Basil
Cafe Johnsonia
15
Quinoa And Avocado Chimichurri Salad
Foodie Crush
16
Quinoa Breakfast Skillet
How Sweet It Is
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17
Enchilada Chicken & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Ambitious Kitchen
18
One Pot Kale And Quinoa Pilaf
Food25
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19
Sweet Potato Quinoa Cakes With Blackberry Salsa
How Sweet It Is
20
Quinoa Tabbouleh With Chickpeas
FoodieCrush
21
Sweet Potato, Quinoa And Dark Chocolate Coconut Crumble Crunch Muffins
Half Baked Harvest
22
Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders With Sweet Corn
How Sweet It Is
23
Basil Parmesan Quinoa Cakes
Cate's World Kitchen
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24
Quinoa Salad With Charred Sweet Corn & Avocado
Two Peas and their Pod
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25
Quinoa And Mango Salad With Lemony-Ginger Dressing
Food52
26
Quinoa Crusted Baked Three-Cheese Zucchini And Eggplant Parmesan
Half Baked Harvest
27
Coconut Breakfast Quinoa
A Beautiful Mess
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28
Yuzu Poppy Seed Quinoa Pancakes
Tartine and Apron Strings
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29
Chicken-Quinoa Burgers
Bev Cooks
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30
Black Bean And Quinoa Enchilada Bake
Two Peas And Their Pod
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31
Caprese Quinoa Grilled Stuffed Mushrooms With Balsamic Glaze
Half Baked Harvest
32
Quinoa Crunch
Make It Naked
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33
Quinoa Pilaf With Chipotle, Queso Fresco And Lime
34
Quinoa Cakes With Poached Egg And Parsley
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35
Vanilla Bean Coconut Quinoa Pudding With Honey Drizzled Raspberries
Half Baked Harvest
36
Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili
The Girl Who Ate Everything
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37
Curried Quinoa And Asparagus Salad
The Clever Carrot
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38
Italian Quinoa Risotto Lasagna Casserole With Truffle Oil
Half Baked Harvest
39
Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Quinoa, Cranberries And Miso
The Clever Carrot
40
Strawberry And Quinoa Parfait
FoodieCrush
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41
Quinoa And Burrata Caprese Salad
FoodieCrush
42
Quinoa And Farro Salad With Pickled Fennel
Food52
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43
Maple Quinoa Granola
Food52
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44
Chipotle Quinoa Sweet Potato Tacos With Roasted Cranberry Pomegranate Salsa
Half Baked Harvest
45
Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fried Plantain And Coconut Fried Quinoa With Macadamia Nuts
Half Baked Harvest
46
Quinoa Crusted Chicken Strips With BBQ Honey Mustard
Half Baked Harvest
47
Coconut Crusted Brie Stuffed Quinoa Bites With Sweet Cranberries
Half Baked Harvest
48
Quinoa And Cauliflower Chowder
Foodie Crush
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49
Pretzel Bread Quinoa Stuffing With Garlic Butter Mushrooms
How Sweet It Is
50
Asian Quinoa Salad
Two Peas And Their Pod
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