Quinoa (pronounce KEEN-WAH) is a small, quick cooking grain with tons of nutritional benefit. Cooked quinoa is fluffy and creamy with a nice teensy crunch giving it a slightly nutty flavor. Quinoa has the highest protein content of any grain and it is low in calories, which is another marvelous perk, since we are such a calorie-obsessed society. It is a recommended protein source for vegans and vegetarians because it also contains essential amino acids making it a complete protein, which these types of diets sometimes lack.
Quinoa is a gluten free food, meaning that it contains no wheat, so if you are gluten sensitive or have Celiac disease, this grain is perfect for you and can easily be used in place of brown rice or pasta, which usually do contain gluten (you can also find gluten free pasta, but quinoa is a great alternative!) Continue reading Quinoa-my favorite grain