Try Hibachi-style Quinoa for a Smaller Waist

Try Hibachi-style Quinoa for a Smaller Waist
By Johnathan Zamora

With beach season around the corner you no doubt want to show off the fruits of your labor.  The hard winter workouts have enabled you to pack on some muscle, so I have provided a new recipe that will help keep you in top form – while still packing amazing taste.  This dish is super easy to prepare and will help provide variety to your meal plan and keep you energized.

Now that spring is here, utilizing fresh fruits and vegetables has never been easier.  You’ll notice all sorts of nutrient packed eats starting to fill supermarket shelves and we provide some creative ways to incorporate these foods onto your plate.  Recent research indicates that increasing your daily intake of whole grains with the combination of regular exercise results in a reduction in overall bodyweight.

About Quinoa –

Native to South America, this grain was referred to as “the Gold of the Incas” as this nutritious gem was prized for giving warriors increased stamina.  One of the factors that separate quinoa as a dietary powerhouse is that it contains all nine essential amino acids – making it a complete protein.  Containing 8g of protein plus 5g of fiber per cooked cup makes quinoa an excellent food choice for anyone looking to increase their health and get the most nutritional bang for their buck.  Quinoa not only contains all nine essential amino acids but specifically lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair.  Not to be a one-trick pony, quinoa also contains a high amount of magnesium, a mineral that helps relax blood vessels – preventing the constriction and rebound dilation characteristic of migraines.

Below is a recipe for Hibachi-style Quinoa

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:
2 cups  Quinoa, cooked
2 cups mixed vegetables (i.e., peas & carrots, etc.)
½ ea.  Onion, diced
1 ea.  Egg-white
2 tsp. Olive oil
2 tsp. Teriyaki sauce, low sodium
1 tsp. Soy sauce, low sodium

Method of Preparation:

1.  Steam vegetables and season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Mix the vegetables into the cooked quinoa and set aside.
2. Heat the olive oil on an electric griddle set to medium high heat and cook the onion until fragrant, about 3-4 minutes.  Next, scramble the egg white and add all ingredients to the electric griddle.  Mix ingredients until well combined and well heated through.
3. Add the teriyaki and soy sauce and toss well.  Serve hot.

Johnathan Zamora
The Fit Chef

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One Response for Try Hibachi-style Quinoa for a Smaller Waist

  1. Johnathan

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    October 14, 2011 8:50 am

    Thank you for the kind words! I’m glad you found the information useful. By all means, please check back often as there are always new and interesting topics to help you reach your health and wellness goals.