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.
If you want to learn more about quinoa, check out:
- Ancient Harvest, Quinoa Corporation: About Quinoa
- Savvy Vegetarian: How to Cook Quinoa and Easy Quinoa Recipes
- The World’s Healthiest Foods: Quinoa
Until next time,
*This post was originally published on my other blog, Whole Foods Living.