Quinoa: The Power Grain

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Sure, you know the benefits of whole grains but did you know there are grains other than whole wheat? Quinoa, (pronounced KEEN-wa), is the powerhouse of grains and has quickly risen in popularity due to its excellent nutrition profile, texture and ease of use.

Quinoa seeds are small, flat and rounded, similar to that of sesame seeds. It has a nutty taste with a soft, crunchy texture. Quinoa provides all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein, and has approximately twice the protein as regular grains. Rich in B vitamins, vitamin A, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, fiber and calcium, this food is relatively high in unsaturated fat. Quinoa is technically not a grain but a fruit and is a great alternative to couscous or rice.

Use quinoa to make pilafs, risottos, stews, salads or even desserts. Quinoa can also serves as an excellent high-protein breakfast served hot, mixed with berries, nuts or cinnamon. Rinse well prior to cooking to remove its bitter waxy protective coating.

If you’re looking for more quinoa recipes, check out The PCOS Nutrition Center Cookbook: 100 Easy and Delicious Whole Food Recipes to Beat PCOS like Quinoa Kale Quiches

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