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Quinoa in the Spotlight

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on Monday, 03 November 2014 in Culinary Trends

 

quinoaQuinoa is an excellent alternative for making the switch to a more whole grain rich diet. Known to researchers and health aficionados as the “mother grain,” quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is an ancient grain that has been celebrated for its nutritional benefits for thousands of years. In fact, according to the Whole Grains Council, Incan warriors once consumed this powerful whole grain to keep their stamina high before engaging in battle.

 

Quinoa, which is most commonly available in the colors of red, white and black, is a quick-cooking whole grain that’s high in vitamins, iron and fiber, and is gluten-free — making it a perfect alternative for family members with celiac disease and other wheat and/or grain sensitivities. Additionally, quinoa is the only plant food that’s a complete protein, offering all of the essential amino acids needed for proper nutrition.

 

How do you work quinoa into your day to day menu? For breakfast, you can use quinoa instead of oatmeal, with fresh fruits or nuts, in pancakes or waffles (use quinoa flour in place of the regular flour) or in breakfast muffins. You can also add it to veggie soups for a boost of flavor and texture. Popular dinner meal alternatives include: quinoa meatballs or meatloaf, quinoa instead of rice in traditional stir-fry dishes, and added to salads with chopped, roasted or grilled veggies, chopped cherry or heirloom tomatoes, or chopped cucumbers, avocado or peppers. Quinoa is so versatile—get as creative as you’d like!

 

Other little known facts? Quinoa has been dubbed the “ideal food” by NASA for long-duration space flights, as well as a “super crop” by the United Nations for its ability to grow well in poor soils and in droughts.

 

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