12 Reasons to Love Quinoa

A staple of the ancient Incas who revered it as sacred, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is not a true grain, but a seed.  Surprisingly, it is related to spinach and Swiss chard.  If you’re not already enjoying this delicious food, here are 7 reasons to start.

1.  Unlike most grains quinoa is a complete protein. Most grains lack one or more of the essential amino acids, making them incomplete. Quinoa packs an amino acid punch.

2.  Quinoa is rich in nutrients, including:  manganese, iron, magnesium, B-vitamins, and fiber.

3.  In studies, quinoa is a proven aid for migraine sufferers, likely due to its magnesium and riboflavin content.  Magnesium helps relax muscles and riboflavin helps reduce the frequency of migraine attacks and improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells.

4.  Like its grain counterparts, quinoa lessens the risk for heart disease and helps with heart arrhythmias.

5.  It contains the building blocks for superoxide dismutase—an important antioxidant that helps protect the energy centers of your cells from free radical damage.

6.  It cooks in under 20 minutes, making it a much healthier alternative than white rice and much faster than most whole grains.

7.  It is versatile.  Add coconut or almond milk to cooked quinoa for a delicious hot breakfast “cereal.” Add cooked vegetables like onions, red peppers, and squash with a few herbs for a delicious meatless meal.  Or, add finely chopped onion, cucumber, green peppers, tomatoes with some oregano and lemon juice for a delicious and satisfying take on Greek salad.

8.  It is gluten-free for anyone suffering from celiac or autoimmune disorders.

9.  It’s a good source of the amino acid tryptophan.  You know, the one that helps with melatonin production which helps improve sleep quality.

10.  Quinoa is high in lysine, which helps with tissue repair and growth.  It also helps ward off cold sores.

11.  Quinoa is rich in fiber, which may help protect against gallstones, according to the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

12.  It may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes thanks to its magnesium stores.  Magnesium helps activate over 500 enzymes in your body, including those involved in insulin secretion and the body’s use of sugar.

How to Cook Quinoa

1 cup quinoa

1-1/2 cups water or stock

Add the quinoa and water or stock to a small pot.  Bring to a boil.  Cover. Reduce heat and cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed.

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Melissa W.
Melissa W.3 years ago

Super Pop Snacks makes gluten, soy and dairy free bars using SUPERFOOD PUFFED QUINOA & nut butters! No refined sugars and very filling!! no Sugar Alcohols which upset the stomach!! www.superpopsnacks.com

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl3 years ago

Roopak V.: Quinoa belongs to the grass seeds, like some other plants, too, amaranth f. ex. If there are other names? I don´t know, hahaha!

Marion Friedl
Marion Friedl3 years ago

Yes, and it´s also gluten-free, so people with sprue can also eat it!

Sheila L.
Sheila Swan L5 years ago

There is one more thing to note -- quinoa in packages state on the front if it's the type that has already been rinsed. Thus, saving a lot of work and you can simply use it as any other grain as a base.

Manuela B.
Manuela B5 years ago

i'll give it a shot. thank you

Roopak Vaidya
Roopak Vaidya5 years ago

Why is quinoa a seed and not a true grain?
Aren't wheat grain also the seed of the wheat plant? Or maize grain the seed of the maize plant?

Roopak Vaidya
Roopak Vaidya5 years ago

Are there also any other names for quinoa?

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Siti R.
Siti R5 years ago

will rinse and try it tomorrow! sounds delish!

Lika S.
Lika P5 years ago

Can I use it in place of rice?