4 Reasons to Choose Quinoa over Rice

What is Quinoa you ask? Quinoa pronounced (keen’ -wah) is known as the “Mother OF All Grains” to the Incas and originated in the Andean region of South America. It is head and tails above all grains and can support your healthy nutritional plan providing loads of essential vitamins and nutrients. Here are four reasons to choose Quinoa over Rice.

  1. Quinoa has a full spectrum of amino acids that is not obtainable from rice or other grains. It provides about 14g of protein per 100g serving.
  2. It is gluten free and easily digestible. Gluten can be an irritant to the intestines and some people are allergic to gluten products.
  3. It’s a great source of Iron, Calcium and Phosphorus.
  4. It’s a highly alkaline food that supports and promotes heart health.

Quinoa is great as a breakfast cereal in combination with oats, a replacement for rice or it can even be used as a thickener for soups as well as a healthy addition to chili, stews salads, casseroles, omelets and much more. Be creative and most importantly live healthy and happy.

Feel free to leave your comments, questions or your own personal input in the comments section below.

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By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.


About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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