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5 Benefits of Quinoa

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There’s a reason why quinoa has recently taken off as one of the most popular superfoods around. It’s not quite a cereal grain, but is categorized as a pseudo cereal. Similar to beetroots, spinach, and tumbleweeds, quinoa contains high nutritious value. Here are a few interesting facts that can help explain all the hype.

HIGH IN FIBER

For every one cup serving, quinoa contains approximately a fifth the amount you need in a balanced diet. Consuming fiber reduces high blood pressure and diabetes, lowers cholesterol, and increases the feeling of fullness since it requires a longer time to chew. It even helps with weight loss in the long run.

HIGH IN PROTEIN

Unlike most plant food, quinoa contains more protein than most grains on the market. It also contains all amino acids that are essential to a healthy diet, making it an excellent plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans.

HIGH IN IRON

For every one cup serving, quinoa gives you 15% of your daily iron intake. This is important since iron helps keep red blood cells healthy.

HIGH IN MAGNESIUM

In just one serving, you can receive one third of the recommended dietary allowance of magnesium. As an antioxidant, it helps balance blood pressure and reduces Type 2 diabetes, while also helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease. Other benefits include body temperature regulation, detoxification, and the development of healthy bones and teeth.

CONTAINS LYSINE

As an essential amino acid that can’t be produced by the human body, lysine must be consumed. It helps improve the immune system by developing antibodies, and is important for tissue growth and repair. As an added bonus, lysine also helps increase serotonin levels, which can help you feel more relaxed!

Did we forget to mention that it’s delicious as well? That’s right! On our menu, we have the Quinoa Mango Salad, the Arugula Quinoa Salad, the Quinoa and Roasted Veggies Wrap and the Grilled Chicken Quinoa Wrap. So nourish your body and give one a try today!

Fresh really means Fresh

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Did you know that the reason why Qoola’s yogurt always taste fresh is because we stay clear from using heat-treated or powdered yogurt?

That’s right. Research has shown that this helps preserve probiotic cultures, which are healthy bacteria. Compared to the estimated 1 million of probiotic cultures found in powdered alternatives, Qoola’s signature frozen yogurt contains an exceptionally high number, ranging between 200 million to 400 million probiotic cultures per gram. Research has shown that this helps improve many conditions, such as:

  • Digestive Health

  • Oral Health

  • Skin

  • Immune System

  • Prevent allergies and colds

  • Control high blood pressure

Other than those health benefits, it also tastes great! It’s also the same reason why there’s never an unpleasant aftertaste.

Visit your local Qoola today and taste the difference!

Qoola’s CEO named as one of BIV’s Forty Under 40

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January 27, 2016 – Warrick Chu, CEO of Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar, was recently recognized as Business in Vancouver’s 2015 Forty Under 40 at the annual gala held at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel.

Every year, BIV highlights the achievements of B.C.’s young entrepreneurs, executives and professionals who have exceeded in the areas of business, judgement, leadership and community contribution.

With passion, Warrick had a vision of revolutionizing the way people see food by re-educating the world about healthy living. Leaving behind a career in finance at Goldman Sachs, he embarked on a journey that aligned with his vision and opened the first Qoola in 2008.

Branching away from traditional industry standards of using a powder base for frozen yogurt, Qoola stands out by using ingredients that are fresh and never powdered. To this date, Qoola has expanded across Canada with 21 locations. Offering much more than yogurt, the menu has grown by including healthy deli options, such as sandwiches, wraps and salads that are mayo and butter free, in addition to locally baked, vegan friendly goods.

“The goal,” according to Chu, “is to be a one stop shop for healthy alternatives.”

Qoola Wins 2016 Golden Plates Award for Best Frozen Yogurt

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We are thrilled to announce that Qoola has been voted Best Frozen Yogurt in the 2016 Golden Plates Awards by Georgia Straight readers. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!

For the past few years, we have always been among the top three and this year, we are extremely honored to be taking home the gold for the 19th Annual Golden Plates award for Best Frozen Yogurt. This couldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for our amazing customers.

Here at Qoola, we strive for quality. We pride ourselves with using the freshest ingredients available—straight from the farm and right into your cup. With approximately 40 different flavors to choose from, we have consistently maintained high standards by creating yogurt that is fat-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher.

Head over to Qoola today to enjoy a guilt-free and delicious treat that will add a touch of sweetness to your day.

Why Runners Love Running

Health & Fitness|

I ran by a little boy on my run the other day and as I passed he looked up at his mom and said “Mommy why is that lady running?” Do you ever find yourself thinking the same thing? Why would you be running when you could be at home getting an extra hour of sleep before work? I’m going to let you in on a little secret – most runners run because they love it! Here are a few reasons why:

RUNNING IS EASY

Well, it might not be easy, but it’s easy to get started! Running doesn’t require a gym, or equipment and there are no skills to master besides putting one foot in front of the other. All you need to get started is a good pair of running shoes to provide proper support to your feet and some comfortable clothes!

BURNS LOTS OF CALORIES

Studies have show that on average running burns more calories than a stair-stepper, stationary bike and other gym staples.

GOOD FOR YOUR HEART

Running is a great way to work out your heart. The faster you run, the stronger your heart will get! Running has also been shown to lower blood pressure, raise good cholesterol, help to manage and prevent diabetes and boost your immune system.

STRENGTHENS YOUR JOINTS

Contrary to popular belief, running can actually be good for your joints!  Running supports your cartilage by increasing the oxygen flow and flushing out toxins.  It also strengthens the ligaments around your joints.

REDUCES RISK OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

By helping you maintain a healthy weight, running actually reduces your risk of osteoarthritis.  Being at a healthy body weight puts less strain on your knees, which reduces your risk.

REDUCES STRESSES

For many people running is a great way to release stress and tension in your body.

SLEEP BETTER

Studies have shown that people who have problems sleeping, fall asleep much faster on days where they have gone running.

IMPROVES VISION

This one might come as a surprise, but many researchers have proven that running can actually improve vision and reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

So, lace-up your sneakers, drink lots of water and step-out the front door to start your journey towards better health!

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