Quinoa – Naturally Gluten Free Food

Grains are wholesome, delicious, and very affordable.  Learn to create simple healthful meals using grains today.  Quinoa is a remarkable grain that will add great protein and low fat to any meal.  It is a delicious compliment to any meal or used incorporated in a recipe.  Use it in places you would have rice, or other starches.  What makes quinoa different from other grains, is that it is a much smaller grain, therefore, much easier to digest and lighter on the system.  It is delicious and versatile as it is served nicely hot, cold, as a side, or as a dessert.  Learn to enjoy Quinoa.

Quinoa, a species of goosefoot (Chenopodium), a grain crop grown for its seeds. It is not a member of the grass family, or a true cereal.  It is classified as a pseudocereal. Quinoa is a a chenopod, related to beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. Its leaves produce leaf vegetables in its edible leaves, which is much like amaranth.

The Incas saw the positive effects on health in their people and regarded the crop as sacred.  It is very sacred in that it embodies a whole lot in a tiny little grain.  Many referred to Quinoa as the ‘mother of all grains’. It makes a wonderfully nutritious baby food for small children, you can also make it with pureed fruit prepared like a cold or hot cereal.  It is really incredible, you just have to find your favorite ways and have it that way.

NOTE:  Quinoa is very bland in taste and texture as it is a much smaller grain then your standard brown rice.  Be sure to properly season your quinoa and incorporate other foods that will bring flavor to the meal.  It has a nutty flavor but is faint in its taste profile.

Quinoa, uncooked
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 1,539 kJ (368 kcal)
Carbohydrates 64 g
Starch 52 g
Dietary fibre 7 g
Fat 6 g
polyunsaturated 3.3 g
Protein 14 g
Water 13 g
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.36 mg (28%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2) 0.32 mg (21%)
Vitamin B6 0.5 mg (38%)
Folate (Vit. B9) 184 μg (46%)
Vitamin E 2.4 mg (16%)
Iron 4.6 mg (37%)
Magnesium 197 mg (53%)
Phosphorus 457 mg (65%)
Zinc 3.1 mg (31%)

During the pre-colombian andean civilization Quinoa was of great nutritional importance.  It was secondary to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize. This crop has recently been recognized for its perfect balanced nutritional value.  It is unique in that it has a very high protein content  (12%–18%). Oats and Quinoa contain a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans.  Quinoa provides a complete protein source which is unusual amongst plant foods.  It doesn’t have the heaviness that wheat and rice has.  It provides a great source of dietary fiber, magnesium, iron and phosphorus. Quinoa is naturally a gluten-free food and considered easy to digest. Due to the success of the quinoa crop and all its incredible makeup, NASA is considering Quinoa as a controlled Ecological Life Support system for long duration manned spaceflights.   Its nutritious density is incredible.  Start trying it in all your recipes.  Come back to visit as we will have delicious recipes with quinoa making it easy to utilize this grain.

There are two varieties one white/yellow in color and the other in red, occassionally you may see black specialty types as well.  They are all incredibly nutritious and much like a red peppers in their variety.

***Try our Amazing Whole Wheat Noodle Chicken Breast with Carrots and Red Quinoa featured in our Recipe section***

You can save on picking up Quinoa in the bulk section of your health food or grocery chain.

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