Often referred to as a "superfood," this ancient grain lives up to the hype. Quinoa (pronounced "keen-wa") is loaded with nearly twice the amount of protein (9 grams per cup) as compared to other grains, and it's considered a "complete protein," meaning that it has all the amino acids your body needs to build muscle. Compared to other grains like wheat and corn, quinoa is low in carbs and high in healthy fats. What's more, eating this high-fiber food (5 grams per cup) can help with digestion and promote weight loss.
Quinoa takes about 15 minutes to prepare and you can serve it hot, cold, as a standalone side dish or part of another meal. Try mixing it with fruit for breakfast, add it to salads for lunch, or use it in place of rice or corn at dinner.
-- Amanda Carlson-Phillips