What is Quinoa?

What is Quinoa?

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If you like rice, you would probably enjoy the small, round grains of quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”).

The grain from South America is considered a base for many meals, much like potatoes or rice. And, quinoa packs a huge nutritional punch. This whole food is high in protein, fiber, minerals and vitamins.

Here is a quick comparison from the Quinoa Corporation:

  • Quinoa: 16.2% protein
  • Wheat: 14% protein
  • Millet: 9.9% protein
  • Rice: 7.5% rice

A few weeks ago I made a cold salad of chilled quinoa blended with avocado, a splash of lemon juice and a little olive oil in the food processor. Then I topped it with sliced garden tomatoes–and it was delicious, and filling.

Until next time,
Choose healthy!

*This post was originally published on my other blog, Whole Foods Living.

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