Discover: Quinoa

Quinoa has become the punch-line of many people’s health food jokes, but behind the humour is a delicious and versatile food. It also good for weight loss, and has been revered for thousands of years.

Just so you know – Quinoa is pronouned ‘keenwah’ not “Quin-Noah”.

Quinoa History

  • Quinoa is ancient! It was referred to by the Incas as the mother of all grains.
  • The Incas thought it was sacred, and the Inca Emperor would traditionally sow the first seeds of the season using “golden implements”!
  • Quinoa was thought to have been domesticated between 3,000 and 5,000 BCE!
  • In modern times, due to it’s high nutritional value it is often referred to as a superfood.
  • It’s recent popularity means it’s is worth almost 40 times as much as in 1970!

Quinoa Nutrition

  • Quinoa is often referred to as a grain, as that is how it is cooked, but is in fact a seed!
  • Quinoa contains 18 percent more protein than any other (so-called) grains.
  • It is considered a ‘complete source of proten’ meaning that it provides all necessary amino acids.
  • It also has more fiber than both brown rice and corn.
  • It is also gluten-free, and excellent for those with wheat or gluten intolerance.
  • The colour of quinoa can range from yellow to pink to black.
  • Quinoa is a good source of antioxidants and minerals.

Quinoa Recipes

Find all my recipes for Quinoa here: http://mahindriskill.com/ingredient/quinoa/

Enjoy,

Mahin

 

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