Moroccan Inspired Carrot Quinoa Salad

Moroccan Inspired Carrot Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • • 3 cups of cooked quinoa
  • • 3 grated carrots
  • • 1/3 cup of chopped almonds
  • • 1/4 cup dried sultanas
  • • ½ lemon juiced
  • • 2-3 tbsp of cumin powder
  • • 1 tbsp of coriander seeds (optional)
  • • ½ pomegranate
  • • 1 bunch of coriander and mint leaves
  • • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • • 2 tsp of sea salt

 

Steps:

Cook the quinoa in advance and leave to cool down;
Add the grated carrots, chopped almonds, sultanas, spices, olive oil and lemon juice to the quinoa and mix it all well together.
Top with the coriander and mint leaves, extra almonds and pomegranate seeds.

 

 

7 Benefits of Quinoa: The Supergrain of the Future  [Mind Body Green] :

1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids.
2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.
3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.
4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.
5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.
7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

9 Pomegranate Health Benefits that Offer Powerful Disease Protection  [Dr. Fuhrman] :

 

Anti-cancer:

 

  1. Pomegranate has anti-inflammatory effects that may protect against cancer and other chronic diseases.
  2. Pomegranate has anti-angiogenic properties, meaning that they may help to prevent growing tumors from acquiring a blood supply, preventing those tumors from receiving the nutrients that would allow them to grow larger.
  3. Pomegranate is one of the few foods (mushrooms are another) that contain natural aromatase inhibitors. This means that they inhibit the production of estrogen, which can reduce breast cancer risk.
  4. After treatment for prostate cancer, two studies have shown that pomegranate juice or supplements slowed the increase in PSA.12

 

Protects Against Heart Disease

 

  1. Pomegranate phytochemicals reduce LDL oxidation (a contributor to atherosclerotic plaque development).
  2. Pomegranate phytochemicals have blood pressure-reducing properties.
  3. In a study of patients with severe carotid artery blockages, after one ounce of pomegranate juice daily for one year, there was a 30 percent reduction in atherosclerotic plaque. In striking contrast, in the participants who did not take the pomegranate juice atherosclerotic plaque increased by 9 percent.

 

Guards Memory and Brain Function

 

  1. Pomegranate supplements taken before and after surgery prevented the postoperative memory dysfunction associated with coronary artery bypass or heart valve surgery.
  2. In those with mild memory complaints, individuals drinking pomegranate juice daily performed better on a memory task compared to placebo and displayed increased brain activation measured by functional MRI.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *