Dr Russ Blog - Quinoa - A Tasty, High Protein Food
Quinoa - A Tasty, High Protein Food
Created on 8/17/2012
R sent in a good question about quinoa (it's spelled one way but pronounced another - "KEEN-wah"). Seemingly everyone is now talking about this unique food that just a few years ago few had ever heard of!
And for good reason - this traditional South American delicacy is good tasting and good for you.
Though strictly speaking quinoa is not classified as a grain, it's prepared like one. After rinsing (an important first step), it takes but a few minutes to cook in some boiling water, similar to pasta, and can be mixed with many different foods to create a light, delicious and nutritious meal.
In addition, largely because of its high fiber content (5g per cup), quinoa can fill you up quickly. For those of us who are weight conscious and watching our calories, there's a little over 200 calories in each cup.
Notably, there's also about 8g of protein per cup - wow!
A lot of people focus on getting protein in their diet (it's actually pretty easy), but the better question is how to get protein largely from healthy protein sources. Eating quinoa is one good way. Speaking from the experience in our home, kids like it, too.
While quinoa used to be a specialty item, it is now widely available. Enjoy it a few times a week as a side item or as a main dish mixed with veggies, spices and maybe another good protein source.
Quinoa - spelled kind of funny, and a really good food choice.
Thanks for your question, R!
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