“Quinoa is a gluten-free grain that contains more protein than any other grain or rice,” Duncan says. "The grain is so rich in amino acids, that it's considered a complete source of protein, high in lysine, methionine, and cysteine—ideal for post-workout meals to help build muscle. It's also high in folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, making it a nutrient-packed source of carbs for long-lasting energy."
Exper tip: Quinoa is a great replacement for wheat or refined carbs, as it can help support a healthy cardiovascular system, blood pressure levels, and bowel health. Simply switch out a grain, like bread, rice, or pasta, for quinoa and feel those energy levels rise, Duncan adds.