By: Dana Baardsen
What IS this stuff?
Quinoa is the only natural grain which provides a complete source of protein. If this doesn’t sound exciting enough to you then you should be aware, protein is made up of amino acids- nine of which are essential. Not only is Quinoa a protein powerhouse (often used by body builders) but it is an absolute complete source of these amino acids. This stuff is great!
My favorite brand of Quinoa, Village Harvest, states “the ancient Incas knew that quinoa was the best source of plant protein on earth. We have rediscovered quinoa, because of its nutty flavor, chewy texture and all essential amino acids”.
Brand: Village Harvest Quinoa (Premium Whole Grain) Blue Bag
Nutrition: 1/4 Cup
- 160 Calories
- 27g Carbs
- 6g Protein
- Contains: Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Copper
Rinse 1 cup quinoa until water runs clear.
Combine quinoa with two cups of water and bring to a boil. Turn down heat to low and simmer until water is completely absorbed, usually 25 minutes. The germ ring will be visible when the quinoa is fully cooked. Fluff with fork and serve.
Delicious Quinoa Salad Recipe:
Refrigerate Quinoa until it is cooled. Add in chopped onion, celery, parsley, and carrots to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Enjoy.
Wonderful additions to the salad are grilled chicken or chopped avocado for veggies, like me! NB