Have I mentioned how deeply obsessed I am with quinoa? I mean, seriously, there are SO many health benefits to the South American seed (though it's typically referred to as a grain)--including the fact that it's a "complete protein" and contains a ton of nutrients. That's why, when it comes to losing weight, quinoa is by far my go-to food because it tastes great, can replace rice, AND can even be used to make a hearty salad that's as delicious as it is diet-friendly. In fact, I'm SUCH a fan of it that I'm practically falling over myself trying to make these 5 Latin autumn-inspired salads with quinoa--all in the name of weight loss and health (and SUCH great flavor). Trust me, you'll be loving these (and dropping the pounds) soon, too! Try them now.

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Coconut Quinoa and Kale with Tropical Pesto

1 cup quinoa, rinsed under running water in a fine mesh colander for a couple of minutes
1 cup light coconut milk
1 small bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves chopped (for a total of about 4 cups chopped kale)
1/2 small to medium red onion, chopped
1/3 cup coconut flakes

Get the full recipe directions from Cookie and Kate.

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Irina Gonzalez is a Staff Writer for MamásLatinas. She loves pop culture, social media, photography and, above all, discovering new places. She's also a foodie eating healthy and learning to enjoy exercise.

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