Quinoa Protein Post Workout Recipes

Also high in protein, quinoa is an excellent carbohydrate to add to protein powder for your post-workout nutrition.  I have the ingredients and nutrient macros for 2 of my favorite quinoa protein recipes below:  (1) Quinoa Cherry Protein Cake (2) Quinoa Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pudding.

But first, what is quinoa – besides being one of the best plant-based proteins available.

Quinoa, a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the true grass family.

read more – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa

tri-color quinoa and quinoa flakesQuinoa is often confused with grains.  The reason for this comes from its similar appearance, along with cooking and tasting similar to grains.

Additionally, it can be cooked and eaten whole, or made into flour for making breads and pastas.

However, quinoa is not a grain. There are refining differences that are significant to the nutritional value of each of these.

While grains typically have their germ and brand removed, quinoa retains these, which makes it more rich in fiber and bran – here are some more important health characteristics for quinoa:

  • It is a complete protein and contains all of the essential amino acids – this is especially important for people who only eat foods that are plant based
  • It is a slow digesting carbohydrate – this is what makes it so good as a fat burning source of energy, since it won’t cause the increases in insulin levels and fat storage that so many carbohydrates
  • It is gluten free – which is a great contrast to grains like wheat
  • It is high in fiber and has no cholesterol or sugar

And caloriecount.about.com gives quinoa an A nutrition grade.

Quinoa Protein Recipes

After buying Ancient Harvest Quinoa flakes, I first decided to substitute it for oatmeal in a hot and cold recipe.

Quinoa Flakes can be used for a nutritious hot breakfast cereal, pancakes or waffles, coating for cooking fish or chicken, baking muffins or cookies.

100% organic quinoa simply steam-rolled into a quick cooking quinoa flake.  Our Quinoa Flakes are made with our pre washed quinoa to remove the bitter saponin coating.

Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes

Quinoa Cherry Protein Cake

(1) Mix the first 3 ingredients and microwave for 90 seconds

(2) Mix 1/3 cup of quinoa flakes + cinnamon in 3/4 cup water and microwave of 90 seconds – this is a little different than the directions on the box, but I wanted it to come out thicker.

After these were both cooked, I put the quinoa in the center of the cake, and then spread the frozen cherries around the perimeter – these give a higher glycemic carbohydrate to eat post workout.

Macros:  386 calories – 43 grams protein – 34 grams net carbohydrates [42g carbs-8g fiber] 5.50 grams fat

Quinoa Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pudding

quinoa peanut butter banana puddingThis pudding recipe uses cold quinoa – simply make it like for the cake, but refrigerate it overnight.

(1) Mix the first 3 ingredients together to make a nice thick protein pudding

(2) Cook the quinoa flakes the same way as the cherry protein cake, but refrigerate them

(3) Put the quinoa in the center of the pudding, and then put banana slices around the perimeter – again, I am adding a fruit for a higher insulin release after working out.

Macros:  431 calories – 45 grams of protein – 40.50 grams net carbohydrates [50.50g carbs-10g fiber] – 6.50 grams fat

So there are 2 quinoa protein recipes, with a fruit, to get high carbohydrates post workout.  I personally can’t say that I like quinoa as oatmeal – it is definitely growing on me.

These recipes do taste plenty good, and it is important for our nutritional health to get broad diversification in the different foods we eat.

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