Quinoa Is A Miracle Food
A recently-rediscovered ancient grain native to South America, quinoa was once called "the gold of the Incas," who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Full of nutritional richness, quinoa (keen-wah) constitutes as a complete protein, with all nine essential amino acids present, and boasts abundant fiber and other nutrients. It’s even said that quinoa lowers the frequency of migraine headaches. All of this, and quinoa is low in calories and low in cost (A portion of organic quinoa costs $.50!).
Here’s how to take advantage of this staple food:
Look for quinoa in your local health food store. I get mine in bulk, but it is also available individually packaged. Quinoa comes in many colors. Most common is white, but be sure to check out red quinoa, as I find it nuttier in flavor. Quinoa is also sold as flour. While it is a gluten-free product, it is so high in protein that the recommendation is that it be mixed with flour in order to avoid a gummy, heavy result.
Click through our slide show for tips on cooking quinoa and delicious quinoa recipes!
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