Quinoa (pronounced: KEEN-wah) can be incorporated into any meal from breakfast, soups, salads and even desserts.
What is Quinoa?
Quinoa is a high-altitude plant, grown in the arid mountain regions of Peru and Bolivia. Although quinoa is technically an ancient seed, it is commonly referred to as a whole grain or ancient grain due to its nutritional benefits. Easy to prepare, quinoa can be easily substituted for any recipe using rice and is fantastic in salads, soups or mains.
Quinoa Nutrition Facts & Benefits
Quinoa is gluten-free, high in iron and calcium.
Our bodies are unable to produce amino acids naturally and therefore we need to acquire them from our food. Unique among many seeds and grains, quinoa provides all nine essential amino acids making it a complete protein, perfect for individuals on vegetarian-based diets.
Also a good source of antioxidants, quinoa provides higher amounts of minerals including magnesium, iron, fibre and zinc than many other grains.
Quinoa (Cooked) Nutritional Value, 100g.
Energy - 120 kcal
Protein - 4.40 g
Fat, total - 1.92 g
Carbohydrate - 21.3 g
Fibre, total - 2.8 g
Sugars, total - 0.87g