What you need to know about quinoa

Although it looks and prepares the same as seeds, quinoa is a germ of the Chenopodiaceae (Chenopodium quinoa) family like beets and spinach. 


What you need to know about quinoa
Quinoa grain


Its flavor and resemblance to a bowl of cereal are reminiscent of a puffed-up couscous with a nutty taste. Quinoa is often said to be a pseudo-grain.


The taste and nature of quinoa


Although it looks and prepares the same as seeds, quinoa is a germ of the Chenopodiaceae (Chenopodium quinoa) family like beets and spinach. Its flavor and resemblance to a bowl of cereal are reminiscent of a puffed-up couscous with a nutty taste. Quinoa is often said to be a pseudo-grain.


The benefits of quinoa


Quinoa can substitute for seeds in any dish. It provides a high dose of fiber in pasta dishes and stews, and protein in pilafs, soups, and salads to keep you fuller.

You also have to learn to distinguish between the different kinds of quinoa. Among the 120 varieties that exist, the three that dominate are white, red, and black. White quinoa is an excellent substitute for white rice due to its texture and delicate taste. Red and black are firmer and have a nutty flavor, which complements salads perfectly.


Quinoa or rice?


The nutritional value of quinoa far exceeds that of white rice. A cup of quinoa contains twice the protein, which is 5g more than white rice. Compared to brown rice, quinoa has twice the protein and offers an additional 2g of fiber per cup. This pseudocereal is packed with lysine which promotes the growth of healthy tissue, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, fiber, and calcium.



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