Quinoa – why all the hype?

Quinoa has become a staple at cafes and restaurants serving healthy meals, and many of us have incorporated this powerful legume into our every day diets.
Here’s a reminder of the benefits of eating quinoa and some suggestions for using it in all types of meals and snacks!

Nourish My Life

Recently, the superfood quinoa has received a lot of attention, so I decided to look into the benefits of quinoa and try it myself.

What is quinoa?

Quinoa, though popularly thought of as a grain or legume, is actually a seed. There are two varieties – red and white, which I will compare later. Quinoa comes from the goosefoot plant, which is native to South America where it has been used by the Incas in the Andes for centuries. To the Incas, quinoa is known as the “mother grain” and is treated as sacred.

http://www.vegparadise.com/highestperch36.html has a very extensive description of the history of quinoa.

What are the benefits of eating quinoa?

  • High in protein
    Quinoa is 12-18% protein – much higher than other grains such as wheat and barley and up to three times as much as brown rice!
  • Gluten-free
    It can safely be consumed by people with a…

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