Quinoa

Nothing Like Warm Milk at Bedtime
Food is one of the building blocks of optimal health. Lack of nutritious food is directly related to many health issues on our planet today. Sleep issues are a major problem for many people and just as certain foods may cause this problem (see caffeine) certain foods may also help alleviate this problem. We’ve all heard of a cup of warm milk before bed as a sleep aid. This is because dairy products contain tryptophan, an amino acid that your body converts to serotonin and melatonin which help promote sleep.

Quinoa Has the Right Stuff.
Quinoa is an ancient seed (not a grain as most people think) which was revered by the Incas. It is a complete protein, rich in nutrients including manganese, magnesium, iron and B-vitamins and fiber. (The manganese and B-vitamin riboflavin are likely the reason quinoa is proven in studies to alleviate migraine headaches.)1

Healthier than White Rice.
Quinoa cooks more quickly than other grains (15-20 minutes) and is a healthier alternative to white rice. It is also versatile. It makes a great salad alternative. Try it with tomatoes, black beans, cilantro and tex-mex spices drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice. Have it for breakfast by adding coconut milk and fruit to cooked quinoa.

And yes, it too is high in tryptophan, you know, the amino acid which helps improve sleep quality.

Listen Up! Hippocrates Said...
About 2500 years ago a very wise man said “Let food be your medicine and medicine your food”. If Hippocrates were around today he may be quite surprised to see what qualifies as food in these modern times. And yet this brilliant adage holds true to this day and is perhaps more profoundly important than ever.

References:

  • 1. Care2.com Green Living article: 12 Reasons to Love Quinoa