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A few months ago my husband decided he wanted to go completely vegetarian. He has always been a health conscious gym rat, so he decided to take it a step further and completely give up meat. I’ve been adjusting to the vegetarian way and coming up with new cooking ideas at home.

I saw an article today when I went to Yahoo.com to sign into my email about quinoa. Quinoa is a grain-like crop used primarily for the seeds it produces. Quinoa is in the same family as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds and is a nutritional powerhouse, providing all 9 essential amino acids. Because of its great nutritional value, quinoa is considered a protein and can be a fantastic substitute for meat. An added bonus is that it is also gluten-free, making the food safe for people with a gluten-free diet.

Quinoa comes in a variety of colors and can be found at most grocery stores. It is one of those foods that makes being a vegetarian much easier because of its variety of uses, great taste, and nutritional value. My husband and I love it! It has become an essential ingredient in my kitchen.

Even if you may not be a vegetarian, I suggest trying quinoa! We are always striving for a more nutritional diet, and quinoa is very filling and healthy. The simplest way to eat quinoa is by preparing it like couscous:

  1. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residual resins
  2. Add to boiling water or broth
  3. Let sit for several minutes
  4. Fluff with a fork.

The quinoa seed can also be eaten like a breakfast cereal by adding some natural sweetner, cinnamon, or fruit. Other uses include adding to tacos, burritos, salads, scrambled eggs, or my personal favorite –veggie burgers. We also like to saute quinoa with broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts, and green beans with a touch of spice. The uses are endless!

Here are a couple websites to get some more great recipes:

http://www.cookingquinoa.net/category/quinoa-recipes/

http://www.quinoa-recipes.com/

Give it a try, and let me know how you like it!

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There are SO many beauty products for your skin out there ranging from just a few dollars to hundreds of dollars, but how does the average consumer know which one is best? It can be a tough decision to make. Diving into the skin product market can be confusing and can often lead to wasting money on things that don’t work, or simply buying over-priced products.

Did you know that simply changing your diet can improve your skin, while also trimming your waistline? I knew a little about it, but I leaned much more today by reading this article online.  Here is a list of the foods they mentioned…

  1. Red Bell Pepper
  2. Sweet Potatoes
  3. Shrimp
  4. Avocado
  5. Kale
  6. Wild Salmon
  7. Wheat Germ

Click here to see details.

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