Quinoa – The New You?
Christmas is an indulgent celebration and brings with it laughter, family-time, and finely wrapped gifts. But she is a particularly cruel mistress as we face our penance only six days later when suddenly, during our lowest of lows, we are tacitly forced into making promises of how much better we will be in the New Year. After weeks of gluttony, we are forced into healthy eating and revolutionising the way we see ourselves. It’s 2018 and the notion of an annual reset means we must become better people (but we were great already, right?). Thankfully, we are here for you. This week, with the goal of helping you through your obligatory #newyearnewme routine, we want to walk you through our favourite health food for 2018.
You might have heard of quinoa (pronounced keen-waa), it was quite popular in 2017 among health enthusiasts; we want to introduce the world to this superfood for several reasons. So, buckle-down and get your notepad out, we are going to explain why you need quinoa in the year to come.
Protein! Protein! Protein!
Quinoa’s levels of protein are so high it is comparable to milk.
Let’s let that settle for a moment.
Milk is produced with the purpose of turning calves into bulls, and quinoa has a similar level of protein per portion – that is an incredible feat! Quinoa contains 9 essential amino acids that are required as building blocks for muscles alongside lysine – a fantastic and rare amino acid not found in many foods. Protein plays a pivotal role in development and bodily health. When we are young, we need protein to grow – as adults we need it to maintain muscle strength and repair any damages caused during the day. Of course, any fitness-gurus out there will know how important protein is when frequently working out – but we don’t need to tell you that, we are sure you already know. If you are looking to start up a new gym membership, or just want to fix up your diet this coming year – quinoa is a fantastic place to start.
Ironically, this point is directed at the non-vegan readers. But don’t worry, we aren’t on a crusade to convert you or change your ideals. Quinoa offers a fantastic, organic alternative to meat. Eating meat brings with it many health benefits, but equally, eating too much meat can have a detrimental effect. Trying switching-it-up a couple of times a week – rather than having a steak, have a bowl of quinoa with an assortment of vegetables or other healthy foods. Quinoa is a common ingredient in Lebanese food and switching your diet up to even semi¬-Mediterranean can have a massive impact on your health. Minor changes in your habits are what bring about the noticeable benefits in the long-run. And that is our goal now that it is 2018!
Magnesium and You
Magnesium is more than just a cool word, it is a mineral that helps maintain important bodily nerves, muscles, and bones. This leads to a healthier you as your central nervous system is better prepared for transmitted important neural information, and your bones and muscles are better preserved.
If that wasn’t enough, it helps proteins synthesise (meaning you have a better use of the protein you consume) and increases cellular metabolism (which basically means you will burn more calories). If your New-You is looking to gym more or get into sport, this is a fantastic choice of food. Magnesium also relaxes muscles and blood vessels, reduces blood pressure, and balances blood sugar levels.
As there are so many health benefits we can go into, we would like to take the time for some honourable mentions. Firstly, quinoa is high in fibre which helps our intestines, and as Brits we consume far too little fibre in our diets according to studies. Secondly, this health-super-food is full of minerals that can help fight against and prevent cancer and other dangerous diseases.
Of course, you can add it to your New Year’s list to learn-how-to-make-quinoa, or you could come and check us out at 14 Leicester Square for an authentic Lebanese health-injection. Hopefully this encourages you with your New Year’s resolution. Maison du Mezze promotes healthy eating as one of our core values and we would love to help you along the way to bettering yourselves. Come and enjoy some light mezze for lunch this year after a stressful morning in the city, or join us on the weekend for a quick quinoa before the theatre, or whatever else you may be up-to in Central London.
Wishing you a prosperous New Year.