Quinoa has become one of my favorite foods. It’s tasty, filling, super healthy,…and it cooks in about 20 minutes. It’s versatile enough to have as a side dish, entrée, or to simply “beef-up” lighter fare like soups and salads. Although it is cooked and eaten like a grain, quinoa is technically a seed and has a light, slightly nutty taste and a fluffy texture.
Quinoa is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the amino acids necessary for our nutritional needs. This makes it an excellent food for vegetarians and vegans, or for anyone looking for a healthy source of protein. It’s also high in iron and calcium, and is a good source of manganese, magnesium and copper, as well as fiber. Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free, making it an excellent food for celiac patients or other people following a gluten-free diet.
Check out the nutritional comparison of quinoa versus normal white rice. Quinoa has double the protein and 5 times the fiber.