Quinoa Milk and Its Benefits
The first time we heard the word “almond milk” we were confused about mixing the two different things together; the milk and the almonds, even though they both can send a lot of benefits to the body. Now, we came to the other combination that mixes between quinoa and milk, and here is another exclamation and a question mark; how could they both be combined together? Milk is very important for the body since it is a great source of calcium and protein as well as other nutrients, quinoa is also nutritious for being rich with vitamins, protein, and minerals; but coming out with the quinoa milk is a different world of benefits coming to the body through consuming only one type of food.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is becoming more famous with each passing year or even day, it is now one of the important seeds that people search for and try to consume in different food recipes for the different benefits that it carries. This plant seed – and not a grain – is usually referred to as a wholegrain for being able to deliver the same benefits to the body like the ones delivered by grains. Appearing 5,000 years ago, quinoa was valued by the Incas who were the ones behind it becoming that famous in our days.
This seed is native to the Bolivians who used to call it “the mother of all grains”, but it is also grown in Pero, Ecuador, and Chile. There are different varieties or colors for quinoa, starting from the traditional ivory that is known as white, going through the red, green, and purple, and ending with the black; all the other shades found in between those colors are also found in quinoa. Although all these colors are not still found or grown in America, the black, red, and the white are the ones which are famously known there, in which the white usually substitutes rice, while the red and black are used in cold salads for their ability to hold their shapes while being cooked.
Quinoa Nutrition Facts
There are several things standing behind the fact that quinoa is considered beneficial and important for the body, there are actually different positive effects delivered to the body through quinoa, such as maintaining the blood sugar, maintaining the glucose and cholesterol levels, helping with losing weight, helping the hair become stronger as well as the skin become brighter, and it is also important for defeating some diseases such as diabetes.
Quinoa is rich with different nutrients and minerals; it is rich with protein since it is known to have complete protein that carries all the essential amino acids, it is rich with fiber, iron, copper, vitamin B6, as well as magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and folate. 100 grams of cooked quinoa can give the body 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 21 grams of carbohydrate, 172 milligrams of potassium, 120 calories, 1 percent calcium, 32 percent manganese, and 8 percent iron.
Raw Quinoa Milk
Most of the nuts and seeds out there could be transformed into their milk form which is considered healthier for people especially those who deal with some problems when they consume the ordinary milk. Quinoa milk is that liquid which is done from the seeds of this plant while mixed with water, salt, and vanilla extract. Just like the other nuts’ milk out there, quinoa milk is strained to remove the pulp and the remaining liquid is drunk as a dairy-free milk alternative.
The nutritional facts related to quinoa milk states that 100 milliliters of quinoa milk carries 5 grams of carbohydrate, 0.8 grams of protein, 0.4 grams of fat, and 29.5 calories. Being a good and healthy alternative for the cow’s milk, quinoa milk can be one of those drinks that you might consume and even give it to your kids with additional benefits since it is high in protein and low in calories.
How to Make Quinoa Milk?
It is not so much of a surprise to know that quinoa could be used for preparing milk, because there are different uses for it that made us overwhelmed before. Quinoa could be used as whole seeds in different food recipes and with its different colors, it could be transformed into quinoa flour by grinding the seeds until they turn into that powder like substance, and it could be also used for preparing milk; all these different ways to use quinoa should make you more interested to consume it through different ways.
In order to prepare and make quinoa milk, you should have 1 cup of uncooked quinoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. This quinoa milk recipe is easy to make and will make enough quinoa for two days (for two people), but it will only need a reusable nut-milk bag or a big piece of cheesecloth, in order for the process to go smoothly and perfectly enough.
For preparing your quinoa milk:
- First of all, you have to go through the washing or rinsing process of the quinoa. Quinoa usually comes coated with saponin which is a chemical substance that keeps the pests and insects away from its seeds, but it also makes the quinoa taste bitter. For the best result, soak the quinoa in two cups of water overnight and then before cooking, drain it through a sieve and rinse until the water runs clear.
- In order to cook the seeds, bring another two cups of water to a boil and then add the seeds and bring to a second boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes. When you are finished, don’t forget to fluff the quinoa with a fork in order to separate the seeds.
- Now place half of the cooked quinoa in a blender with two cups of filtered and purified water and blend on high speed for 1 to 3 minutes until the mixture becomes smooth. The rest of the cooked quinoa can be used for preparing quinoa milk other time throughout the week.
- It is now the time to pour the milk into the nut-milk bag of the cheesecloth while holding it over a bowl. You will see that the milk is straining through the bag slowly on its own but you could gently squeeze and massage the bottom of the bag in order to speed up the process.
- The final step comes when you put the quinoa milk in the blender one more time and add water – one cup at a time – according to your desired consistency. Make sure to blend every time you add more water. Now add the vanilla extract, the salt, and any other flavor if you prefer (you could use cinnamon, dates, or chocolate).
Your quinoa milk is now ready for you to drink, but be careful about not leaving this amount of quinoa milk for more than three or five days, so make sure to drink it all up or you will be urged to throw it away or give it to someone you know.
Quinoa Milk Benefits
Getting some of the most important benefits from quinoa milk should not be hard anymore after being introduced to the easy homemade recipe that you could prepare by your own. Quinoa seeds in general are known for their amazing benefits and for the different nutrients and minerals that they could deliver, but quinoa milk on the other hands is also famous for being able to deliver the same nutrients or minerals but a little bit differently.
- It Can Deliver Protein for Being Rich with it
Quinoa milk is rich in protein which is another thing that makes quinoa different from all the other plant based seeds; the quinoa milk is the only plant based milk that is rich in protein. Being rich in protein, quinoa is a good choice for those vegans out there who could not get protein from the cow’s milk. In addition to protein, quinoa is also rich with iron, manganese, and copper which could give the one drinking it more energy as well as provide him/her with a glowing skin.
- Quinoa Milk is Gluten Free
One of the important things which are always mentioned about quinoa and its benefits is the fact that it is gluten free, and this makes it safe for those who are suffering from celiac disease or those who are sensitive to gluten. Quinoa milk is also gluten free since its preparation does not include any foods that have gluten, which means that people will not suffer from bloating or diarrhea due to being allergic to gluten.
- It is Good for Diabetics
Apart from being easy to prepare and create quinoa milk at home without the need of a cow, quinoa is also important and healthier than cow’s milk for diabetics. Those patients with diabetes are always warned about the dangers of carbohydrates and foods that are high in sugar since they both can spike glucose level, but quinoa milk on the other hand is rich with protein which plays a great role when it comes to slowing down the production of glucose and thus being safe for diabetics to drink.
- Quinoa Milk is Beneficial for Having a Glowing Skin
Quinoa is important for different health reasons and it is also important for the health of the skin especially for those who are already suffering from some skin problems. Quinoa milk carries lysine, which is the building block for the synthesis of elastin and collagen, and these two factors are helpful when it comes to promoting healthy and supple skin.
- Quinoa Milk is Also Safe for Those Intolerant to Lactose
Another benefit for quinoa milk and the reason why it is important to consume it is the fact that it is considered safe for those who are intolerant for lactose. According to a report that was done by USA Today, it was found that 65% of adults cannot digest the lactose found in cow’s milk since they lack the enzyme which breaks down the lactose. For those adults who do not want to experience cramping, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, and flatulence, and at the same time they want to add milk to their diet, they could depend on quinoa milk which is considered a safe alternative.
Quinoa milk is definitely a drink to start consuming since it can be easily prepared and at the same time could still deliver important benefits to the body and could be even consumed by those who are allergic to gluten or those who cannot digest lactose properly. Quinoa milk can substitute cow’s milk and is a good alternative to depend on; it will give your body the proteins that it might be in need of without the need to depend on the cow’s milk.