How To Make Quinoa Salad with Mixed Veggies

Why grains (such as rice, barley, cereal, wheat, cornmeal, oats, etc) not in this recipe?

Current situation: Yes, grain forms the foundation of the governmental food pyramid.

Yet, grains are bad for your health. Below is a quick summary about why grains bad for you…

1. Grains are toxic anti-nutrients. Anti-nutrients are food rich in phytates or phytic acid, which blocks the absorption of essential nutrients and minerals that you ate, especially calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. Hence, the more you eat, the more nutrient deficient you are and the more you feel tired since nutrients in foods were never been absorb properly by your body. Besides, although you could find ways to neutralize those anti-nutrients by soaking it or cooking them away, grains are still bad for you and depletes your energy. Why?

2. Because grains – whether whole or not – are still carbohydrates, which in excess can create problems with your insulin and leptin sensitivity, making you an easy target for related diseases like obesity and diabetes. Grain drives your body to use more carbohydrate, and less fat, as fuel. Diets high in refined sugars release more insulin thereby allowing less stored fat to be burned, since insulin converts almost half of your dietary carbohydrate to fat for storage. If you want to use more fats for energy, the insulin response must be moderated. Carbs will give you the blood sugar spikes, while fats don’t and never. Click here to find out more how bad is grain damaging your body and affecting your daily performance!

3.Even worst, it contains glutenGluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley, is a composite of the proteins gliadin and glutenin. Around 1% of the population are celiacs, people who are completely and utterly intolerant of any gluten. In celiacs, any gluten in the diet can be disastrous. And here we’re talking about compromising calcium and vitamin D3 levels, hyperparathyroidism, bone defects. Really terrible stuff.

Tweet: Just because you do not have celiac diseases doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to the ravages of gluten.

We do not need grains to survive. In fact, they are naturally selected to ward off pests, whether they be insects or hominids. It is better to stop eating them for long term health benefits.

Luckily, there’s a wonderful substitute that you can try: quinoa, which tastes so much like your favourite grain, minus all the bad stuff of grains as suggested by Dr Mercola.

quinoa vegetable salad

Quinoa Salad with Mixed Veggies

Servings: 8


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 green onions, chopped finely
  • 1 cup Napa cabbage or spinach chopped finely
  • ¼ cup mushrooms, sautéed, sliced thinly


  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon raw/ manuka honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced


  1. Place all ingredients in large bowl and mix.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together ingredients for dressing.
  3. Pour dressing over the quinoa and veggies. Serve immediately.
  4. Enjoy!

(Adapted from Healthy Recipes for Your Nutritional Type)


Thank you for reading this far! Remember, Your Energy Matters. -KayChong


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