Quinoa (KEEN-wah) has been enjoyed for centuries in South America, and in the last 20 years has become very popular and even trendy here in the US.
Technically quinoa is an edible seed. It is often used in place of rice in a stir-fry meal, added to cold salads, or even used to coat chicken or fish nuggets. Quinoa can come in many different colors, such as white, red, black, or tri-colored.
Health benefits of quinoa include:
- High in protein for a plant food at 8 grams per cup and contains all 9 essential amino acids
- High in fiber compared to most grains at 5 grams per cup
- Rich in antioxidants to help fight disease and aging
- Great source of important nutrients such as manganese, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and iron
Quinoa is inexpensive, tasty, nutritious, and simple to cook. Check out this delicious recipe to get you started: Garlic Quinoa. Give it a try today!