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Why It's a Must Have: Quinoa, often found in the rice aisle, is actually a protein food that is thought of as a grain, says Dr. Brock. Pronounced “keen-wa,” this naturally gluten-free grain is high in fiber, magnesium and iron. “Quinoa has been found to be useful in the prevention of heart disease and hypertension due to its high magnesium content (a mineral that relaxes blood vessels), explains Dr. Brock. “Its high dietary fiber content helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, a plus in weight-loss and maintenance, and for heart health and type 2 diabetes.”
Budget Bonus: While quinoa isn’t as cheap as rice, it can be less expensive than other gluten-free grain alternatives. Check out your supermarket’s website for any upcoming specials or coupons for Quinoa (we love Whole Foods.com for its coupons and helpful quinoa recipes and cooking tips).
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