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Learn to Love: Quinoa

We all know that eating whole grains is so good for us. It gives us sustained energy, contains protein and has fiber to keep us regular. Some grains can be difficult to digest, but not Quinoa. It's light and easy on your tummy because it's not sticky or heavy.

How does it taste? Quinoa doesn't have a very unique or strong flavor whatsoever, so you can eat it plain, or it'll take on the flavor of whatever you add to it. The texture however is very unique. It's firmer than rice or cooked millet, kind of like al dente pasta. You can also buy it in 2 varieties - white or red, which makes it the most exciting grain of all.

Another great thing about quinoa is that it's fast and requires hardly any effort to make. All you do is take a pot, add 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water. Cover the pot and cook it on HIGH. After it comes to a boil, reduce to simmer. After 20 minutes, give it a stir and it's done. How easy is that?

OK, so it tastes good and it's easy to make, but is it good for you? YES! It's nutritionally unbelievable. Want to see the stats? Then


Here's how 1/4 cup of dry Quinoa compares to other grains:
Grain Calories Fat (g) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g)
Quinoa 140 1 29 6 6
Amaranth 170 2 29 3 7
Barley 176 .5 38 7.8 5
Brown Rice 171 1.25 36 1.5 3.75
Millet 150 1.5 34 2 5
Oats 77 1 13 2 3
Spelt 50 .5 13 3.5 2
Wheat 140 0 29 6 5

I love that it has 6g of protein and 6g of fiber. It's very similar to wheat, but so versatile. You can add it as a side dish to a meal, or add your favorite ingredients and make it a meal all on its own.

This is what Quinoa looks like cooked. It has such a delightfully simple taste and interesting texture, it's sure to be a hit the next time you serve it.

Fit's Tips: Looking for a delicious way to eat quinoa? Check out this recipe for Garden Vegetable Quinoa.

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bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 6 years
My fiance and I found this in our cupboard last night. Our ex-roommate had left it in there. He cooked it up with some chicken stock, onions, and garlic and it was fantastic! I'm gonna buy more of this next time I go to the store. Loved it!
suzanne suzanne 8 years
Wait!!! I just discovered Quinoa flour at my health food market.:WOOHOO: This weekend, I experimented with it and OMG!!! It worked like a dream when I substituted it for part of the flour in a pie crust and also in an amazing light Banana Bread recipe. You have to try this. Check it out: http://teamsugar.com/group/152844/recipes/190967 The quinoa flour added 8 gms of the complete quinoa protein and just 4 gms of unsaturated fat for 1/2 cup... and it lowered the carb count of the banana bread by an amazing 42 calories, since the 48 gms of carb in quinoa was balanced off by it's 46 gms of fiber.
cutiemaryme cutiemaryme 8 years
It's really good stuff! I love it! It tastes great and is fairly healthy for you!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I decided to try quinoa after reading about it so much on here, and REALLY want to try the red now, but I like it! It is fluffier than brown rice, although IMO it doesn't have a lot of flavor. that would be my only complaint...enter low sodium 99% fat free Swanson's chicken broth! :D
marlove marlove 8 years
I have a couple of boxes of it in my pantry - it is sooooo delicious. And I love how it looks, too.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I have been wanting to try it but haven't found it yet!
annyn-star annyn-star 8 years
It is so good! The UN ranks it as a Superfood because it so healthy and cheap. I love to make the Quinoa right in a sauce, like a tomato or a curry. It soaks up all the flavour and tastes delicious. It is also a great substitute for orzo in recipes.
PartyBarbie PartyBarbie 8 years
My boyfriend and I have just started making quinoa. We love it!!! You can get it at regular grocery stores.. you'll spend some extra time searching.. it should be by rice. And, it costs a little less at Whole Foods. Good luck.. ha.
sammyof2 sammyof2 8 years
is it available at regular grocery stores?
JBlondie JBlondie 8 years
I'm a vegetarian....this is a staple in my diet!!!!!
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try this. I do most of the cooking in my household - my husband will eat just about anything but has been resistant to whole grain versions of things like rice and pasta. I've been slowly trying to convert him. I'm such a picky eater and he's so easygoing that I hate to make him eat the one and only thing he complains about. Then again he HAS lost more than 20 lbs. since meeting me so the proof is in the low-fat pudding. ;)
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try this. I do most of the cooking in my household - my husband will eat just about anything but has been resistant to whole grain versions of things like rice and pasta. I've been slowly trying to convert him. I'm such a picky eater and he's so easygoing that I hate to make him eat the one and only thing he complains about. Then again he HAS lost more than 20 lbs. since meeting me so the proof is in the low-fat pudding. ;)
marygrace marygrace 8 years
italian jem- the first time i tried it, i didn't know to rinse it, and thought it tasted gross! once rinsed though, it has a pretty mild taste the way most grains do, meaning (in my opinion) there isn't too much flavor there to like or dislike.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 8 years
I bought this and I really didn't like the taste. But now, I'm thinking I just need to rinse it like marygrace mentioned...
nikkih nikkih 8 years
I've never had this...but I will definitely give it a try.
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 8 years
hhmm i bet there are all kinds of things you can make with this. definitely giving it a try.
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 8 years
hhmm i bet there are all kinds of things you can make with this. definitely giving it a try.
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 8 years
I love it too, but I've never had the red. Does anyone know if it tastes any different?
kgtg1 kgtg1 8 years
Love it! Just a tip - it's pronounced keen-wah. I pronounced it quh-no-ah for the longest time, and was embarrassed at a grocery store by a snobby health food store employee.
marygrace marygrace 8 years
one thing you MUST do before throwing the quinoa in to boil is give it a good rinse. quinoa has a naturally occurring but nasty tasting coating called saponin to protect it from birds. i don't know if the saponin can actually hurt people, but it definitely makes the quinoa taste gross!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
PS - it's safe for Celiac's too!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
I just fell in love with this a few weeks back. I found a recipe on here and haven't stopped making it since. My fave is to sub the water for chicken stock or veggie stock. SOOOO flavorful!
kins kins 8 years
i love it. and it's so easy to just throw already prepared things it in. I like tossing in artichoke hearts, olives, and sundried tomatoes
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