Quinoa on a Keto Diet: Yay or Nay?
We all know that Quinoa is beneficial for health but that still leaves us with the question “Is Quinoa Keto friendly?”
Let’s come to the conclusion by studying its macronutrients. One cup of Quinoa contains a total of 222 calories, 39 grams of carbs, 34 grams of net carbs, 5 grams of fibre, 4 grams of fat and 8 grams of Protein.
So, for individuals following a strict Ketogenic diet; Quinoa is not a good option since it is high on carbs.
But we have substitutes available for Quinoa:
1. Shredded Broccoli Rice
Besides being low carb, broccoli provides several health benefits. It helps in lower blood pressure and cholesterol, slow ageing, improve bone and teeth health, increases metabolic function and even improves hormonal health.
One cup of cooked broccoli contains 55 calories, 5 grams of fibre, 1 gram of net carbs, 4 grams of protein and zero fats.
2. Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower Rice is the perfect low carb substitute for quinoa with its amazing nutritional value. It helps to fight off inflammation, decrease the risk of heart disease, help balance hormones, improve weight loss, improve skin and eye health and help in the prevention of cancer formation.
One cup serving contains 25 calories, 2 grams of net carbs, 2 grams of protein and zero grams of fat.
3. Shredded Water Chestnut Rice
A three-ounce serving of water chestnuts is about 36 total calories, and nine grams of net carbs. This makes it a great substitute for Quinoa.
Enjoy low carb Quinoa with these substitutes in no time!